East Cape Lighthouse Walk

East Cape Lighthouse Walk

Reviews

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Geertje and Rein

Ranking: 10/10

We wanted to be the first to see the sun rise on our earth. For that you have to go to the East Cape. We spent the night seven kilometers from the lighthouse. It was raining and storming. Got up early. Made the walk with 800 steps to the lighthouse. EIt was 11.2.2019 and almost 6.31. The rain stopped and the sun slowly rose above the horizon. A special experience that we experienced with three others. For gourmets!

Reviewed 2 months ago and experienced in February 2019

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Amul

Ranking: 8/10

Worth a trip up to the lighthouse. I was there in winter so didn't manage to get a decent sunrise but was still worth the climb of about 700 steps. Didn't see any signs indicating where the track actually started so took me a minute to find. It's an easy short climb to the top but can be slippery after rain

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The East Cape is the second best area in New Zealand. Very quiet, beautiful landscape. The sunrise is a must do there. The lighthouse is on top of a hill and you will get a nice view.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sylvain Schiber

Ranking: 9/10

Nice short walk after a gravel road. Almost nobody in October.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Bong Chin Fung

Ranking: 9/10

Definitely worth the drive. Well maintained stairs. Suggest to do some stretching before start the walk. Allow yourself 30 - 60 minutes for the climb according to your fitness level.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mia Kuch

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Very steep steps to the top of the hill where the lighthouse is situated. Great view, especially during the sunrise.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Gregor

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

You can be one of the first people in the world to salute the new day. Enjoy great light in the morning.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Jan

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

We have been there for sunrise. The colour of the sky was beautiful. You have to get up pretty early but it is worth it!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Marlene Buchwald

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful view from the top but really windy. Not a lot of people there, which was nice.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Julie Miehling

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

The drive was not so nice, too rocky but the views in the morning are so beautiful.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Matte Stemkowitz

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A very nice coastline and some good short walks, cool view from the lighthouse over the coastline.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Kilian Obst

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice, little walk to the lighthouse, cool drive along the way.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lucile Souday

Ranking: 10/10

Definitely the best place in the world to see the sunrise! Do it! You will not have any regret!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Natasha Harbinson

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

800 steps to walk to the lighthouse so not an overly difficult walk. Worth walking up to see the view. Only downside is the gravel road to get to it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jasper van den Weyde

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Mostly easterly point of New Zealand. We saw the sunrise.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Rainer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The best place to see the sunrise as you are the first person.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Meredith Griffiths

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The drive to get to the start of the track is reason enough in itself to go! Beautiful scenery, animals, coastline. The short hike to the top gives you a stunning view from the eastern top of New Zealand. Stay at the campground nearby and hike up to see the sunrise!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Florian Littmann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

5am get up to see the first sunrise of New Zealand.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Debiesse

France

Ranking: 10/10

The first sunrise in the world, just the best moment of our travel.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Rampon

France

Ranking: 10/10

See the first sunrise!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Kyle Guffei

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

To fully enjoy this, definitely get up early and get there 30mins before sunrise. It is worth the drive around the East Cape alone. Beautiful.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Suzan Spoelstra

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good 700 steps of staircase (in the dark). But nice sunrise etc.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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LuukKarin

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful, quiet and remote.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Inga

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We were the first ones who watched the sunrise

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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