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Time

3 Days
130 km

Highlights

Sacred mountain sunrise
Māori voyaging encounter
NZ's National Arboretum
World-class wineries
Gisborne railbike adventures

Proximity

Ruatoria to Gisborne via Maunga Hikurangi and SH35

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Day 1 - Maunga Hikurangi, Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay

Sacred mountain sunrise 

What better way to spend your first day in Eastland than world-first sunrise on top of a sacred mountain Maunga HikurangiHere in the Land of the First Light, you are the first to greet the rising sun each day. With a full tank of petrol, you’ll have to make a really early start to meet your local Ngati Porou guide in Ruatoria. An alternative is to stay the night before in Ruatoria or Hicks Bay for your Sunrise Tour.

Brunch at Tokomaru Bay 

Post sunrise, head back to Tokomaru Bay– a small beachside community with great fishing, surfing and swimming (with care). Enjoy the legendary Te Puka Tavern – a true hidden gem along the East Cape.

Tolaga Bay + Cooks Cove

Wind your way down to Tolaga Bay and visit the historic Tolaga Bay Wharf which was opened in 1929 and made it possible for large coastal trading ships to load and offload goods. Today, it stands 660 metres long as New Zealand’s longest historic wharf and is a popular spot for fishing. 

From here, make your way to Cooks Cove Walkway for an afternoon stroll, picnic and swim if you wish. It’s an easy to moderate return track that takes about 2.5 hours to complete.

Sunset at Wainui Beach 

End your first day at Wainui Beach’s idyllic stretch of white sand and surf, to breathe in that fresh sea air and stroll along crystal-clear watersCheck out the local favourite for tasty takeaways - Wainui Store serves up amazing pizzas and burgers to enjoy.

Maunga Hikurangi

Maunga Hikurangi

Maunga Hikurangi is the sacred mountain of the Ngati Porou people, and the first place in the world to see the sunrise. Gain access to our sacred maunga and sacred sites to obtain a unique authentic Maori cultural experience and sunrise.
Maunga Hikurangi
Tolaga Bay Wharf

Tolaga Bay Wharf

A Category One Heritage NZ Site and one of the top 100 historic sites to visit in the country.

Highlights

Maunga Hikurangi
Tokomaru Bay
Tolaga Bay + Cooks Cove Walkway
Wainui Beach

Proximity

1 h 35 min | 122km via SH35

Day 1 - Maunga Hikurangi, Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay
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Day 2 - Waka Voyagers, NZ's national arboretum, wineries

Waka Voyagers

Another uniquely New Zealand experience, journey back to a time when Māori voyagers ruled the seas onboard Waka Hourua. Discover first-hand the ancient art of wayfinding - navigation by the knowledge and movement of the sun, moon, stars, waves, winds, clouds and birds. With cultural and sailing experiences available, you’ll uncover the significance of voyaging to this region’s history and culture.  

New Zealand’s National Arboretum 

Make your way to Eastwood Hill for a scenic afternoon drive to New Zealand’s National Arboretum. An off the beaten track natural wonderland, this is the place for some serious forest bathing. Wander across 131 hectares of peaceful surrounds, lush gardens, majestic treesand walking trails as well as a café serving delicious scones, slices and coffee – a wonderful place to lose track of time.  

World-class wineries & vineyards 

The remote and dreamy landscapes of Gisborne, dotted with flourishing wineries and fruit orchards, is a true reflection of these blessed and abundant lands. Home to a mix of large producers, boutique wineries and entrepreneurial growers, Gisborne is one of New Zealand’s oldest wine-making regions and specialises in everything from Chardonnay to Chenin Blanc and Viognier. 

Waka Experiences Tairāwhiti

Waka Experiences Tairāwhiti

Experience our waka on the ocean - join us on board the Waka Hourua ‘Tairāwhiti’, (Māori replica double hull canoe), for an experience like no other.
Waka Experiences Tairāwhiti
Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Eastwoodhill, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, has over 131 ha of incredible exotic and native trees and shrubs, beautiful in any season, 25km of walking and hiking trails for all fitness levels, and a children's playground and accommodation.
Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Highlights

Waka Voyagers
Eastwood Hill Arboretum
Wine Tasting

Proximity

33 min | 36km via Wharekopae Rd

Day 2 - Waka Voyagers, NZ's national arboretum, wineries
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Day 3: Gisborne eats, Railbikes, Morere Hot Springs

Breakfast blowout 

Enjoy a slow start to this morning and grab brekky at one of Gisborne’s mouth-watering cafes. Flagship Eatery just around the corner from Reads Quay is choice for a long leisurely breakfast where you can tuck into freshly baked scones, homemade crumpets and other delectable creations. Or pop into Frank and Albie’s in central Gisborne who do coffee, baking and bagels just right.  

Gisborne Railbike Adventures 

After all that feasting, enjoy a totally unique tandem cycle experience along the scenic coastal railway - Gisborne Railbike Adventures is a pedal-powered experience that everyone will enjoy, and anyone can do – even if you don’t know how to ride a bike! There’s no balancing or steering needed so you can soak up all the stunning vistas and even stop for a picnic along the way.  

Morere Hot Springs 

After enjoying so much of the great outdoors, experience the ultimate unwind at Morere Hot Springs. Situated within 364 hectares of native rainforest, the hot springs are renowned for its therapeutic waters. It's the perfect way to end your stay in paradise.  

Gisborne Rail Bikes

Gisborne Rail Bikes

Experience an amazing new cycling adventure on the very scenic 90 kilometres of coastal railway between Gisborne and Wairoa.

Highlights

Gisborne Railbike Adventures
Morere Hot Springs

Proximity

48 min | 57.8km via SH2

Day 3: Gisborne eats, Railbikes, Morere Hot Springs
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