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If you’re not already a morning person

The the Land of the First Light may very well change your perspective. As the first place in the world to see the sunrise each and every day, we definitely have a few stunning spots to see the sunrise. Here’s our top favourite 5 places to welcome a brand-new day.

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Mt Hikurangi

The dawning of each new day is nothing short of spectacular in the Land of the First Light. And a sacred journey to the majestic Hikurangi Maunga (Mount) carvings at sunrise is one that will remain with you forever. Steeped in cultural splendour, stories and legends, discover the magic and natural beauty of Hikurangi with your own eyes with a local Ngāti Porou guide on a sunrise or daytime 4wd tour.

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East Cape Lighthouse

For many, the scenic coastal drive out to East Cape Lighthouse is as rewarding as the destination. Located approximately 21 kilometres east of Te Araroa, East Cape Lighthouse marks the easternmost point on the North Island of New Zealand. You’ll have to walk the 800 steps up the hill so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to climb up and catch that sunrise.

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Anaura Bay

With its alluring golden sands, a stunning backdrop of native bush and coastal forest, and panoramic views of Motuori Island, Anaura Bay is especially mesmerising at sunrise. Approximately 73 kilometres from Gisborne city, you’ll have to get an early start to venture out to Anaura Bay. Arguably one of the most beautiful of all the East Cape Bays, a visit to Anaura Bay won’t disappoint – make sure you bring your camera to capture this moment.

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Kaiti Hill

Also known as Titirangi, Kaiti Hill is a popular lookout point easily accessible by car. You can also walk or bike your way up Kaiti Hill for the most rewarding, expansive views of Poverty Bay, the harbour and the city. The hill is also an ancestral site of the Ngati Oneone tribe with the Te Poho-o-Rawiri marae at its base. After that sunrise, you can spend the rest of the morning exploring the history and cultural significance of Titirangi Reserve – a hub for recreation that includes scenic nature trails, lookout points, observatory, fitness course, playground and picnic areas.

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Wainui Beach

Just 6km north of Gisborne city is Wainui Beach is a beautiful stretch of a white sandy beach that is connected by the Gisborne – Wainui Beach Cycle Trail for those sunrise seekers who would rather journey by pedal power than by car. There’s also a stunning coastal walking track along the Wainui-Makorori Headland where you can take in all the views.

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