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The iconic East Cape Lighthouse sits on the easternmost point of New Zealand and is absolute magic at sunrise.

UPDATE 29 November 2021: Due to the safety of mana whenua and the wider community of Te Araroa who are in an at-risk area, access to the East Cape Lighthouse will be closed this summer until further notice. This allows the community time to continue in their efforts to vaccinate and protect themselves against COVID-19. Please respect this decision by the landowners, the Kohere whānau. Access will be re-opened to manuhiri (visitors) once it is safe to do so.

What feels like the end of the earth will be worth the drive. Perched above Otiki Hill in Te Araroa, the iconic East Cape Lighthouse sits on the easternmost point of New Zealand and is absolute magic at sunrise. From Te Araroa, the 22km coastal drive along an unsealed road to this historic lighthouse is not meant to be rushed so make sure you enjoy the entire journey including the 700 steps to get to the lighthouse.
Surrounded by pristine coastline and out of this world views, you may even consider immortalising this magic moment by printing out a photo or two to frame.

Image Credit: NZ Pocket Guide


Business Hours:
Public access to the East Cape Lighthouse is closed until further notice


Address: Otiki Hill, East Cape Road
City: East Cape


Proximity to town:
20km's to the township of Te Araroa

Free parking is available at the start of the trek towards the East Cape Lighthouse

Weather Considerations:
It is not advisable to visit during bad weather

Activity Duration:
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