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East Cape Lighthouse

East Cape Road | Te Araroa, Gisborne, New Zealand
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Amazing views

A bit off the beaten track but the road, although gravel, isn't too arduous. Parts of it are a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Palmerston North, New Zealand
via mobile

It is a magical place. Especially before sunrise :) Peaceful. 800 steps to get there. I won't say... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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East Cape Road | Te Araroa, Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bit off the beaten track but the road, although gravel, isn't too arduous. Parts of it are a little rough but take your time, especially past the free range horses and cows! Parking is near a farmhouse and then a steep climb up too...More

Thank Dannel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a magical place. Especially before sunrise :) Peaceful. 800 steps to get there. I won't say it's easy but it's worth it. The worst part of that trip is the horrible gravel road leading to the Cape. If your car isn't in a...More

Thank Delicjaaa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Racing up at the end of the day before the sun set, we were delighted to catch the view from the lighthouse.

Thank Brucearm
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Don't let the gravel road put you off. I went out there on a motorbike with my wife on the back. It is well worth the visit. A fair few steps to the lighthouse, so make sure you get there in plenty of time to...More

Thank trevord612
Reviewed 1 May 2017

It's a nice drive to the lighthouse (gravel road). If you're lucky you will see some seals... You can park your car near the farmhouse and walk/climb up the 800 steps up to the lighthouse. The steps are steep and sometimes uneven, but the view...More

Thank Fabienne B
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Although the path is steep it is very doable because of the wooden steps. Unfit people will struggle but lots of rests will help the ascent. The panoramic views certainly make it all worthwhile. It might have been nice to have a ladder up to...More

Thank Robyn V
Reviewed 29 April 2017

The road to get to the lighthouse is a bit rough but the climb to the lighthouse is worth the effort. 800 steps to be prepared!

Thank Dave P
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Absolutely worth the effort. The road was a little dodgy as there had been a lot of rain so it was slow going in some areas, was about 30 min in total from Te Araroa. There is tar seal road for about 5km then dirt....More

Thank IanE52
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

A leisurely drive around the coast with wondering stock and the possibility of seals at certain times of year. It is a rough road but that adds to the experience and reduces the traffic.

Thank Gav I
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This was the last bit missing in New Zealand - and I have to say, it didn't disappoint us at all! Approx. 700 (easy) stairs to climb up to have wonderful views and breath nice fresh, clean air. Worth the drive!

Thank Isabell8785
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Angela M
Hi, We will be visiting East Cape Lighthouse in October 2017. Are there any tours out to the lighthouse or is it just self drive. Don't particularly want to drive that road before sunset. I know there is a DOC campsite along the road somewhere. Appreciate your advice. Thank you.
22 February 2017|
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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
Ian B
I didn't expect to see this as #1 thing to do on a search for things IN GISBORNE as it is some distance away. The distance isn't mentioned.
15 September 2016|
Response from sajehouse | Reviewed this property |
It would be a whole day out but there are other attractions along the way - including a very long wharf. There are a few eateries but they are fairly basic. There is a nice manuka honey place just beyond the little town... More