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The journey is the destination

The road follows the coast for 20k. We were interested to see the locals harvesting from their... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Definately worth the 20km detour from Te Araroa

We had always planned to revisit this spot one day and I'm glad we took the time on this trip. The... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2018
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East Cape Road, 4087, New Zealand
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All reviews te araroa gravel road light house steep climb take your time wooden steps new zealand worth the effort off the beaten track car park worth the journey walk up eastern point watch the sunrise horses nz coastline
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The road follows the coast for 20k. We were interested to see the locals harvesting from their local garden (the sea) Judging by the number of vehicles we saw near the water, they must do very well. Along the way, there are signs warning to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kiwiseley
Reviewed October 20, 2018

We had always planned to revisit this spot one day and I'm glad we took the time on this trip. The steps are mostly easy though it gets a bit steep near the top but most people would be able to do this walk

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rachael C
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth the drive to the lighthouse. Road follows the coastline so plenty of places to stop for photos. Look out for seals Unfortunately we couldn’t walk up the 800 steps as one of us was on crutches but was spectacular anyway. Make sure you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Geergee
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Had as its the most southerly lighthouse. Bit if a detour on a gravel road but the climb up made a welcome break from driving. Allow at least an hour round trip from the main road. Didn't expect there to be a toilet at the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ian S
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

visited for sunrise and boy did it deliver ! it’s a fairly tough walk up (very slippy when wet!) but manageable in 15-20 minutes. we timed it perfectly as we arrived at the lighthouse just as there was a strip of light on the horizon....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank vicccc92
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

The highlight of our east coast trip. The road out is no worse than any other gravel road in NZ. We were in a large Maui style campervan, made it fine just narrow in places......the access to the lighthouse is signposted took about 20min to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GrahamG1051
Reviewed June 1, 2018

We followed everyone else's recommendations and drove to the lighthouse. The road is really bad for a camper, at the end the road if fenced off by the land owners so you can't get to the lighthouse, but you can see it from the road....More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank gjsamson
Reviewed May 23, 2018

It's about a 25 kilometer drive on a mostly gravel road to the lighthouse from Te Araroa. There is a small parking area and a path with over 800 wooden steps up to the East Cape Lighthouse. The ocean view on top was really nice...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank DarylJ552
Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

We were recommended taking this detour on our journey around the East Cape and I am glad we made the effort. The road is mostly unsealed and does stretch for 20 kms but the view at the end is worth it. We didn't climb the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Car0le88
Reviewed March 3, 2018

The lighthouse is a well worthwhile detour from the road around the East Cape. Allow several hours to negotiate the narrow and mostly unsealed road as well as the climb up to the lighthouse. Be prepared for a workout climbing the 700+ steps to the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Angela M
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Response from GavI8 | Reviewed this property |
Sure would be, nothing difficult about it.
Angela M
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Response from DP2610 | Reviewed this property |
No tours that I'm aware of. It's not a place tourists visit often due to long drive - only 1% of all tourists drive the coast road from Opotiki to Te Araroa where road to lighthouse is. The single lane road in is narrow and... More