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Te Urunga-Tu - Sunrise Tour

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What to Expect

Maunga Hikurangi is our sacred mountain regarded as the first place in the world to see the sunrise. We provide an experience that is original, authentic, and not experienced elsewhere in New Zealand.

You will meet your Ngati Porou kaitiaki (guide) in Ruatoria to make your way to the base of Maunga Hikurangi. From here, you will be transported by 4WD to the place where our nine large pou (Maori carvings) are situated and where you will watch the sun rise.

With spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and sunrise, you will engage in Maori tikanga (protocols) and hear the stories of the nine pou which depict the stories of Maui and his adventures. The experience will enable you to get fully immersed in the nature and culture of the Ngati Porou people and provide insight into their history and their way of life.

As a token of your time with us we would also like for you to leave a footprint of your time wit us and plant a native seedling as part of our native tree regeneration programme. We will also provide a small taonga (gift) which connects directly back to the land but is also an offering to for your time being with us.

We then return you safely to Ruatoria.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hāti Nāti Cafe, 163 Waiomatatini Rd, Ruatoria, 4032, New Zealand
Departure Time
4:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Private transportation
  • Breakfast - Light breakfast with a juice, hot coffee or tea
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

Our 4 hour tour started from Ruatoria approx 2 hours from Gisborne. Our tour guide Monty, met us at Hati Ngati Cafe, drove us to the base of Mt Hikurangi and then up to the Pou (wood carvings) on an awesome off road CAN-AM vehicle....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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  • Maunga Hikurangi
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English
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