NZ - Stray - Rotorua 3 days pass
NZ - Stray - Rotorua 3 days pass
The East Cape of New Zealand is known as one of the most remote areas of the North Island, a special corner less known to tourists and definitely off the beaten track!
Valid for summer only: 3 October 2017 - 30 April 2018
The East Cape of New Zealand is known as one of the most remote areas of the North Island, a special corner less known to tourists and definitely off the beaten track! This pass takes you from Rotorua, and is great for people who want to chill out on amazing empty beaches and immerse themselves in Maori culture.
East Coaster can be booked on its own, or added to any pass that goes through Rotorua.
This Pass is Summer Only (3 days minimum)
- Locally guided, authentic cultural experience.
- Stunning coastlines and beachfront accommodation.
- Famous East Cape hospitality.
- Optional shark diving, stingray feeding and a volcano visit!
The East Cape of New Zealand is a remote and somewhat intriguing region of New Zealand, untouched by commercialism. The vibe is friendly and laid back, encapsulating a simple coastal lifestyle, rich in Maori history where time seems to stand still.
Rotorua to Te Kaha
We depart from Rotorua in the morning to start our journey into the remote East Cape region. We will head east towards the lush Bay of Plenty, navigating our way through the beautiful lakes in the Rotorua region. Our destination is the remote coastal settlement of Te Kaha, where we’ll be overnighting in a local homestay set overlooking the sea. Feel truly welcomed by our local hosts with a warm traditional Maori greeting. You will have a free afternoon to ease into the coastal setting with opportunities to go fishing, snorkelling or simply unwind in a seaside spa pool. We recommend signing up for the freshest seafood meal you’ll ever eat prepared by our hosts.
Accommodation: Seaside homestay lodge.
Optional paid activities: Guided fishing trip, fresh seafood dinner.
Free activities: Snorkelling, waterfront walk, spa bath overlooking the ocean.
Te Kaha to Tatapouri (Gisborne)
We set out early to make our way around the eastern point of the Cape, exploring the pristine beaches and settlements along the way. In Te Araroa we’ll collect supplies for a picnic lunch, before setting off on a walk up to the East Cape Lighthouse, where the views are well worth the climb. We’ll later stop by Tolaga Bay Wharf, the longest pier in New Zealand where you can enjoy a dip before arriving at our overnight accommodation on the outskirts of Gisborne. Nestled on a private beach you can enjoy sundowners on a deck or build a beach bonfire and feel the outside world drift away.
Accommodation: Tranquil local hostel with unbeatable sea views.
Optional paid activities: Horse Riding.
Free activities: East Cape Lighthouse walk, swimming, beach bonfire.
Tatapouri (Gisborne) to Rotorua
Today you’ll have a free morning in Tatapouri to enjoy some activities in the area. Hone your surfing skills or join a local guide for a ‘must do’ experience feeding wild stingrays in the bay (tide permitting). In the afternoon we’ll take a cruisy drive back to Rotorua driving through the spectacular Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve, stopping to enjoy some of the sights along the way and then dropping people off in Whakatane for the spectacular White Island Volcanic Tour *. Before arriving back in Rotorua (late afternoon) we will make one last stop for a stretch and a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Lake Rotoma.
* There is an option to hop off in Whakatane for the highly regarded White Island Tour, a 6-hour boat trip to New Zealand’s only active marine volcano located on an island just off the coast.
Accommodation: Central city hostel.
Optional paid activities: Surfing, stingray feeding (tide permitting), White Island Volcanic Tour*
Free activities: Swimming, walks, explore Gisborne township.