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Te Araroa & the East Cape

Are gathering places for many travelling along State Highway 35. Rich in cultural and natural history, it is the birthplace of Sir Āpirana Turupa Ngata, inspirational Ngāti Porou leader, lawyer and politician.

You will also find the oldest and largest pohutukawa tree in the world at the local school grounds - Te Waha o Rerekohu is reputed to be 600 years old and is even more impressive up close.

As a small, close-knit community, Te Araroa offers basic shops and services including petrol and EV charging stations. Visitors are also in for a treat at the Kai Kart Café - rumoured to serve the best fish and chips in the country. The East Cape Manuka Café is another a popular eatery where you can enjoy some delicious locally grown manuka tea alongside an enticing menu of scrumptious meals and homemade baking.

Te Araroa is also the gateway to the historic East Cape Lighthouse – the most easterly point on mainland New Zealand and the first place to see the sunrise in the world each day. The breathtaking views are definitely worth the 700 steps up to the lighthouse!  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Grid  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike   


For activities, attractions and accommodation in Te Araroa & East Cape

Te Araroa & East Cape/Accommodation

East Cape Campround

Te Araroa & East Cape/Attraction

East Cape Lighthouse

Te Araroa & East Cape/Hospitality

East Cape Manuka Cafe

Te Araroa & East Cape/Attraction

Te waha o rerekohu - Pohutukawa Tree

Tairawhiti Gisborne - First to see the light

New Zealand is currently operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights), Tairāwhiti may look and feel different this summer season.

If you are planning to visit please do so responsibly by following the Tiaki Promise - respecting our people and place. 

Availability of visitor experiences across Tairāwhiti may be different this summer. Please take time to research and plan your journey in advance to ensure you have a great holiday in Te Tairāwhiti.

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