The East Cape is a remote and largely unpopulated area, with beautiful coastal scenery, rocky foreshores, driftwood strewn beaches as well as safe sandy swimming beaches.  Maori settlements in the area still follow the traditional ways and the marae is still the centre of community life.  Jan can direct you to the landing place of the Tainui and Arawa canoes, where the first Maori landed in New Zealand.  (pictured above with Cape Runaway in the distance).   Cape Runaway is privately owned land, and not accessible by road, however we can arrange an historical walk with the owner.  June is a wealth of knowledge on the area plus the Te Whanau Apanui and Ngati Porou tribes. She will  take you to visit the local marae after your walk.

Raukokere ChurchTake a visit to the historical Raukokore church, where people come from all over the world to get married.   This Anglican church is just a 5 min drive from our units, and is open daily for visitors.  

The East Cape of New Zealand is the first major land mass to see the sun each day. If you watched the millennium celebrations then you will have seen images of the sun rising from the East Cape before it was even dark in half the world, as it is the first place in the world to see the light.   If tour the east cape is on your agenda, we are perfectly situated for a 2 night stop over, so you can extensively enjoy all the historical and cultural sites in the area.    A 15 min drive will take you to the famous fishing and diving areas of Lottin Point. another 20 mins onto Hicks Bay and the site of the old Hicks Bay wharf and port and the old freezing works buildings.  Over the hill you will be able to stop at the East Cape Manuka Oil Factory for coffee and muffins and shop for the manuka products manufactured on the premises.  Te Araroa and East Cape is just down the road.  A 45min drive from our units, the small coastal road to view the lighthouse and East Island is a must if you are in this area.                                                           

 

 

 We can arrange for your enjoyment, a Jet boat boat trips on the Motu River, this trip will take you through some of the most awesomely scenic country, with banks covered in unique and rare flora such as orchids, koromiko, hebe and native broom.  We can also arrange horse treks on remote back country sheep stations, or a beach trek at Whanarua Bay, you can take a walk on bush clad hillsides ideal for trekking, visit beautiful waterfalls, and local cultural locations.