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All reviews te araroa gravel road light house steep climb take your time wooden steps new zealand worth the effort off the beaten track worth the journey walk up eastern point watch the sunrise horses nz coastline seals
Loved the walk. The steps were great. Mostly spaced to your pace. We are both 60 and did not find the walk difficult. View at the top fabulous. We did not mind the road. Was great to see the herds of cows on the beach....More
We went following prolonged rain and the track up the hill of 800 steps was quite slippery. Not very well maintained, not to a DOC standard as it is operated by Maritime NZ. The view at the top was quite good but not as extensive...More
Great views from the top once you have climbed the 800 steps up to it but very worth it. Go first thing in the morning and watch the sun come up. It is a 20 km drive on gravel road before you are there.
I remember the walk up was tiring, and I brought a bottle of whisky to sip from for the victory. I was in New Zealand beginning on the day that Edmund Hillary passed away in 2008 for a total of 3 months. I drove 15...More
The road follows the coast for 20k. We were interested to see the locals harvesting from their local garden (the sea) Judging by the number of vehicles we saw near the water, they must do very well. Along the way, there are signs warning to...More
We had always planned to revisit this spot one day and I'm glad we took the time on this trip. The steps are mostly easy though it gets a bit steep near the top but most people would be able to do this walk
Definitely worth the drive to the lighthouse.
Road follows the coastline so plenty of places to stop for photos. Look out for seals
Unfortunately we couldn’t walk up the 800 steps as one of us was on crutches but was spectacular anyway.
Make sure you...More
Had as its the most southerly lighthouse. Bit if a detour on a gravel road but the climb up made a welcome break from driving. Allow at least an hour round trip from the main road. Didn't expect there to be a toilet at the...More
visited for sunrise and boy did it deliver ! it’s a fairly tough walk up (very slippy when wet!) but manageable in 15-20 minutes. we timed it perfectly as we arrived at the lighthouse just as there was a strip of light on the horizon....More
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
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 gravel in parts with blind corners so need to drive slowly with care and be aware livestock are also loose. The achievement of being at NZ's most eastern point after climbing up the 700 - 800 sleeper steps and the view on a clear day make it worthwhile. To see sunset or sunrise you'll need to stay in the area. Some camp on the road in - seaview is great. A wonderful isolated area of NZ.