North Island

Out East

Gets up before anyone else. A birthplace of the new. Off the track, hongi a local, share a brew. Kia Kaha!

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Opotiki
Rere
Ruatoria
Ngati Porou Country
Te Araroa
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Time : 1 hour. Vehicle access to Lookout.

Ōpōtiki is considered the ‘Gateway to the East’.

Gisborne i-SITE front view

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Te Urewera National Park

scenic drive through

Te Urewera National Park

scenic drive through

Remote, rugged, immense.

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  • Free

Water Front Freedom Camping. When you are driving eastward on SH2, Te Ahiaua (The Pipi beds) is the first place you can see the ocean.

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Quite a climb, the Lighthouse in the distance

1.2 km return | 1 hour return

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  • Free

Spectacular Hukuwai Beach is 3km east of Opotiki, off SH35. The designated camping area is small, tucked between regenerating coastal bush and...

Sam from Bare Kiwi on Rere Rock Slide

Created over thousands of years ago is a crazy 60 meter natural water-slide!

Looking down Makarori beach to headland & hill walk

Time: 30 mins return

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Looking to the sky

A little known NZ gem. Regarded as the most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator. But that statement doesn...

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LuukKarin

Netherlands

We found this amazing Waihau beach and no-one else was there! I'll never forget it.

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Historic Maori Church

2 km return | 1 hour return

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Derek

United Kingdom

Take the turn off at Hicks Bay and drive for a couple of minutes to Onepoto Beach. Beautiful spot with great swimming and interesting rock pools.

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Tolaga Bay Wharf photo by Vaughan Gillard

1.2 km return | 30 minutes return