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Great walk. Easy steps.

Loved the walk. The steps were great. Mostly spaced to your pace. We are both 60 and did not find... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Auckland, New Zealand
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Nice walk

Totally worth all the steps once you see the view at the top! Hubby had 2yo on his shoulders... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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East Cape Road, 4087, New Zealand
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank loaslaos
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Totally worth all the steps once you see the view at the top! Hubby had 2yo on his shoulders otherwise it may take a while to get up and down. But gorgeous view and surroundings.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cj_mx73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank classicchch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KarinJulie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank GringoGringoGringo
Reviewed 10 December 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kiwiseley
Reviewed 20 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rachael C
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Geergee
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ian S
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from GavI8 | Reviewed this property |
Sure would be, nothing difficult about it.
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