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Eastland AttractionsOpape, Torere, Hawai Bay - Opape Beach has rocky inlets for fishing and snorkelling. Torere is ideal for a picnic and fishing. Hawai Bay is also good for fishing and there is a general store.
Omaio, Te Kaha, Whanarua Bay - Omaio has a shingle surf beach. There are picnic and camping spots, takeaways and groceries. Te Kaha offers stunning bays and lots of amenities. Whanarua Bay, as well as having beautiful beaches, has bush walks with glow-worms!
Raukokore, Waihau Bay - Raukokore has a headland with a precariously perched Anglican Church built in 1894. Waihau Bay has rocky drop offs for snorkelling, a boating club and jetty.
Lottin Point - The northernmost tip of East Cape has excellent deepwater fishing, perfect for snorkelling and fishing. There is a motel here if you want to stay and see more of this remote point.
Hicks Bay - A great place with many activities for visitors. Go horse trekking, or hiking to see the giant puriri trees, go deep-sea fishing. Or just relax and take in the quaint nostalgia of the old wooden wharf and historic buildings.
Te Araroa, East Cape Lighthouse - There is a lot of Maori history around Te Araroa, plus the largest pohutukawa tree in New Zealand – over 600 years old! Take the unsealed road from Te Araroa to the East Cape Lighthouse. It stands 154m above sea level, and illuminates the easternmost point of New Zealand.
Tikitiki - Nestled on the banks of the Waiapu River, Tikitiki is a small settlement, which has one of the most beautifully ornate Maori churches in New Zealand, St Mary’s Church.
Rangitukia - Even though it is remote, Rangitukia offers much for the adventurous. Go hunting and hiking with a guide. See Mt Hikurangi and the sunrise.
Ruatoria - Ruatoria descends off SH35 into the fertile Waiapu Valley. From here, all roads lead to the coast and some beautifully remote beaches.
Waipiro Bay, Te Puia Springs - A short detour from SH35 will lead to the awesome Waipiro Bay, with its derelict ruins still telling about its rich history as the busiest town on the cape. There is a freshwater lake at Te Puia, and thermal springs with hot pools to enjoy.
Tokomaru Bay - Tokomaru Bay’s Maori culture is evident with four active marae, and a strong arts and crafts influence. The bay offers great fishing and swimming when calm. There are lots of amenities here.
Anaura Bay - A magnificent beach wraps around sheltered Anaura Bay. This was Captain Cook's second landing place in New Zealand, there is a plaque commemorating the spot.
Tolaga Bay - Tolaga Bay has a good beach for swimming, fishing and picnics. There is a golf course and all kinds of amenities in the busy town. Tolaga Bay is renowned for its fine cashmere knitwear.
Wainui Beach - This is a popular beach with surfers. So close to Gisborne yet still with a remote country feeling. Take the scenic walk over the headland, or go horse trekking.
Makaraka - Makaraka has a racecourse surrounded by hotels, motels and amenities, in a quaint country-style setting.
Muriwai - Muriwai is a fruit-producing area on the East Cape renowned for
its rich soils and excellent climate.