• Te Araroa & East Cape

    East Cape Lighthouse

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!


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

East Cape Campround

Te Araroa & East Cape/Accommodation

East Cape Campround

East Cape Campground sits along East Cape Road at Gisborne.

East Cape Manuka Shop

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East Cape Manuka Shop

The East Cape Manuka Shop is based in the small seaside village of Te Araroa, perched on the north-eastern tip of the remote East Cape. The shop is currently only from Monday - Friday 9am-2pm selling their wonderful range of local products from local honey, manuka oil products, manuka tea's & a range of other locally made products.

Te waha o rerekohu - Pohutukawa Tree

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Te waha o rerekohu - Pohutukawa Tree

Over 600 years old, this is the largest pōhutukawa tree in New Zealand.