EAST CAPE - NEW ZEALAND
Eastland reaches out to the Pacific Ocean , and is the first mainland place in the world to see the sun each day.
There's a wonderfully fresh quality to the scenery of Eastland. Bush fringed misty mountain lakes, beaches that have hardly changed for hundreds of years, farmland and vineyards that breathe the spirit of nature.
The further you go, the more nature's bounty temptsâ€”camping, diving, fishing, hunting, swimming and surfing opportunities abound.
There are many interesting and beautiful walks within the region, but one of the most stunning areas for hiking and trekking is in the Te Urewera National Park, the third largest national park and the largest untouched native forest in New Zealand . Soft adventure, such as horse trekking is another way to experience the magic of Eastland.In contrast with the splendid seclusion
of the forested hinterland, Gisborne is a city where you can indulge in gourmet dining and wine tasting.
You'll find the Southern Hemisphere's first commercially grown black truffles, the finest cheeses and Chardonnay to die for.
Gisborne's white sand surf beaches attract surfers from all over the worldâ€”Captain Cook was the first, his ship Endeavour surfed into Kaiti Beach in 1769.
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Eastland has many magical places to feed your soul and fill up your camera`s memory card.
Make an appointment to visit picturesque Te Poho O Rawiri Marae . The interior of the whare rununga (meeting house) is almost completely covered in fine ancestor carvings and geometric tukutuku (woven panels).
Take part in the Whale Rider tour— the village where the movie was filmed.
Find Titirangi Domain and Kaiti Hill for views over the Poverty Bay area.
Eastwoodhill Arboretum has the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees and shrubs in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hackfalls Arboretum has one of the largest private collections in the world - featuring of Oak, Maple and Poplar trees in New Zealand. Many different exotic trees and shrubs, outstanding is a large collection of evergreen and semi evergreen Mexican Oak species.
Mahia Beach is a delightful holiday village with great fishing, surfing and diving, as well as safe swimming beaches and a nine hole golf course. An excellent range of accommodation is available, which makes it an ideal spot for a coastal get-away.
In the tiny coastal settlement of Te Araroa , you`ll find Te Waha-o-Rerekohu — New Zealand `s most ancient pohutukawa tree. It`s more than 600 years old. Down the road in Tikitiki is St Mary`s Church—one of the most ornate Maori churches in New Zealand.
NZstays - Main Centres in East Cape
Gisborne - one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand
Opotiki - gateway to a natural wonderland
Wairoa - gateway to the Urewera National Park
Mahia - a coastal getaway
NZstays - East Cape Region
If you have a strong interest in Maori culture - and you love food, wine and surf beaches - Gisborne is a city you won’t want to miss.
Opotiki is a great place to slow down and get into the mood of Eastland. There are beaches to wander, forests to explore and rivers to ride.
From the town of Ruatoria you can plan to climb Mount Hikurangi, the first point on mainland New Zealand to see the sunrise each day.
Stop in Te Araroa to admire the oldest and largest pohutukawa tree in New Zealand, then challenge yourself to climb up to the East Cape lighthouse.
Waikaremoana (Urewera National Park)
Enclosed by the pristine native forest of Te Urewera National Park, Lake Waikaremoana is one of the North Island’s most beautiful wilderness escapes.
Wairoa is a friendly place to buy supplies before you venture into the wilds of Te Urewera National Park. You’ll love the wooden lighthouse.