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East Cape Lighthouse

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Address: East Cape Road | Te Araroa, Gisborne, New Zealand

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Watching the sunrise

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... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 catch the first sunrise of the new day

Thank trevord612
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 up there is really worth it. I'm not sporty, but I made it - so... More 

Thank Fabienne B
Opotiki, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 a certain section of the lighthouse.

Thank Robyn V
Hamilton, New Zealand
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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. The walk itself is fine up the stairs and is about 20min for the average... More 

Thank IanE52
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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
Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The drive out to East Cape lighthouse is an adventure in itself with washouts and roadworks and a rough road. The 800 steps are a good workout but totally worth it for the view at the top

Thank kiwijodi
Havelock North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Took the road to the lighthouse from Te Araroa. The road is mainly gravel and very corrugated with lots of road works on the way. There is some stock on the road so some caution is required and some road is very narrow - one lane only. Arrival at the start of the track to the top and park on... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Beautiful view, the walk is doable by all taken at your personal pace with most of it being shaded by the trees and well worth it for the stunning view of the east cape!

1 Thank brookeja

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