Maunga Hikurangi is the sacred mountain of the Ngati Porou people, and the first place in the world to see the sunrise. Gain access to our sacred maunga and sacred sites to obtain a unique authentic Maori cultural experience and sunrise.

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Locally guided our visitors are transported up our sacred maunga by 4WD UTV. Once at the top, visitors will arrive at “Te Takapau-o-Maui”. A sacred site with nine Maori carvings that depict the stories of Maui, the Polynesian adventurer, famous for his legendary deeds. Visitors will learn about Maui and his stories, be part of a profound sunrise experience, witness epic mountainous views, and gain insight into the local region. Our visitors will also get to taste some of our local produce and cuisines and be given the opportunity to leave their footprint plating a native seedling as part of a native tree re-generation programme.
1 Barry Avenue
Ruatoria Gisborne 4010
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Months of Operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Nov, Dec

Facilities and Features
Proximity to Town:
Proximity to Airport:
132km, approximately 2.0 hours
Proximity to Bus:
No coach service, but a transport service - Cooks Courier
Tour departs Ruatoria. We provide pick ups from accommodations and also have car parking a our pickup locations.
Activity Duration:
4 hours
Weather Considerations:
Tour is dependant on weather - medium to heavy rainfall will result in tour cancellations
Cancellation Policy:
Because of the nature of the tour, Maunga Hikurangi must uphold a strict cancellation and refund policy at all times upholding consumer rights.
No refunds within 24 hours of departure unless the Operator cancels the activity due to weather conditions or circumstances that may have impacted on the waterways, road or mountain track. Otherwise, refunds are granted solely at the discretion of the Agent according to the Operator's cancellation policy. Refunds may
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