East cape area walks

The East Cape Lighthouse is owned and operated by Maritime New Zealand and is located on Otiki Hill above East Cape, approximately 21 kilometres to the east of Te Araroa. The lighthouse marks the easternmost point on the North Island of New Zealand. Climb the 800 or so steps to the top. It's a steep climb but really worth it once you get to the top for the spectacular views. The lighthouse was originally constructed on nearby East Island. However the island was difficult to access. Four men died during tower construction when their boat capsized and the site proved to be susceptible to earthquakes and subsequent landslips. In 1920 a decision was made to relocate the light to the mainland and in April 1922, the light was extinguished and then relit at its current location in December of that year. Originally manned by three lighthouse keepers, the light's staffing was progressively reduced until it was fully automated in 1985. It is now controlled from the Maritime New Zealand headquarters in Wellington. While the area around the light is accessible by foot, the lighthouse itself is not open to the public.

Other walks to enjoy in this area:

Pakihi Track 4-6 hour one way bush track between Motu and Opotiki areas. Can be mountain biked.

Waimana Valley Tracks There are a variety of walks, tracks and huts (1hr to multi-day) in the Waimana Valley, the northern end of Te Urewera National Park, accessible from Opotiki.

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve 2452ha of the East Coast between Pouawa and Whangara. Inter-tidal reefs, sandy beaches and mudflats. Beach walk of 4km.

Cook’s Cove Walkway 5.8km (2.5hr) return trek over farmland and light bush starts just before the Tolaga Bay Wharf to scenic and historic Cook’s Cove.

Anaura Bay Walkway and Reserve 3.5km (2hr) loop track through coastal forest, pine forest and farmland.