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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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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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Each camping location is approved by a regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

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Quite a climb, the Lighthouse in the distance

1.2 km return | 1 hour return

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

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...

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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Suzan Spoelstra

Netherlands

Taking the walk down Tolaga Bay Wharf (the longest in NZ at over 600m) is a great side-trip. Watch the locals catching fish.

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Historic Maori Church

Tolaga Bay Wharf photo by Vaughan Gillard

1.2 km return | 30 minutes return

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

The Gisborne waterfront was like a beacon for early Maori and European explorers. Just 5 mins from the city, retrace history and walk to where the first pacific waka and Captain Cook's ship the Endeavour first made landfall at NZ.

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2 km return | 1 hour return