Head down to the beach to find some waves. An East Coast sunrise means you are the first to see the sunrise in the world – this is after all the land of the first light. In Te Reo Māori, Tairāwhiti means the coast upon which the sun shines across the water. And this is a great morning to see just how much Tairāwhiti lives up to its name. Grab a big brekkie at the famous Café 35 in Tokomaru Bay because you have earned it!
Afternoon Rockslide + Waterfalls
Wind your way south and head for the hills. It may pay to keep your swim gear handy as you head inland to Rere Rockslide – the legendary 60-metre long natural rockslide to tick off your bucket list. Just make sure you bring a bodyboard (to go fast) or tyre tube (to go slow).
Go from rockslides to waterfalls and head back about 2 kms down the road to the beautiful Rere Falls - a sweet spot to grab a few snaps for the Gram on your way back to the city.
There’s no better way to top off the day than winding down at a winery. Pop by Bridge Estate – 120-year-old stables at a former vineyard that have been revamped into a unique spot to enjoy local wines, beers and ciders alongside hearty platters, delicious samosas and snacks.