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East Cape Lighthouse

East Cape Road, 4087, New Zealand
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Not Worth the effort

We followed everyone else's recommendations and drove to the lighthouse. The road is really bad for... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2018
gjsamson
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Halifax, Canada
MOST EASTERN POINT IN NEW ZEALAND

It's about a 25 kilometer drive on a mostly gravel road to the lighthouse from Te Araroa. There is... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2018
DarylJ552
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Carlsbad, California
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“gravel road” (27 reviews)
“east cape” (33 reviews)
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East Cape Road, 4087, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

We followed everyone else's recommendations and drove to the lighthouse. The road is really bad for a camper, at the end the road if fenced off by the land owners so you can't get to the lighthouse, but you can see it from the road....More

Thank gjsamson
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

It's about a 25 kilometer drive on a mostly gravel road to the lighthouse from Te Araroa. There is a small parking area and a path with over 800 wooden steps up to the East Cape Lighthouse. The ocean view on top was really nice...More

Thank DarylJ552
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We were recommended taking this detour on our journey around the East Cape and I am glad we made the effort. The road is mostly unsealed and does stretch for 20 kms but the view at the end is worth it. We didn't climb the...More

1  Thank Car0le88
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The lighthouse is a well worthwhile detour from the road around the East Cape. Allow several hours to negotiate the narrow and mostly unsealed road as well as the climb up to the lighthouse. Be prepared for a workout climbing the 700+ steps to the...More

Thank MJGx2
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Great view. It is especially nice because to get to it one has to climb 700 steps up a steep hill. Go there before sunrise and watch the sunrise from the top. Road from Te Araroa town to lighthouse is all gravel. It is about...More

Thank kishores
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Officially it is 800 steps to the top obviously disputedby the person who carved 795 in the topstep.Be there at sunrise for that special experience

Thank Kelvin O
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Did the drive in a 2 wheel drive sedan, and although there was some rain, managed fine on the gravel roads. Be careful to slow down when approaching other cars, and there are a few narrow bits where cars can’t pass each other (when pulling...More

Thank Sharonkitch
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

The lighthouse is a pleasant though steep hike up a hill, miles away from the main road (which also is miles away from any road of importance ;-) Good views from the top, but you cannot enter the lighthouse proper. Little shipping traffic around East...More

Thank Uhuru966
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Our trip around New Zealand's East Cape was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand and the East Cape lighthouse was a jewel in the crown. An early morning and winding road were worth it to make the 700 step trek to...More

Thank TessmacTraveller
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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

It is definitely worth the journey. The lighthouse is about 20km from Te Araroa and the road there is a mixture of sealed and unsealed road (the last 10kms is unsealed). The road is narrow and in most places you will need to pull over...More

2  Thank Irish_Kiwi77
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Response from Gav I | Reviewed this property |
Sure would be, nothing difficult about it.
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Angela M
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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
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