Catch the first light of day at East Cape Lighthouse. © Bare Kiwi

Be the first to see the sunrise at East Cape Lighthouse


View the map

TAP FOR MORE INFO:

There’s something a bit special about watching the sunrise. It’s even more special if you’re one of the first people in the world to see it. 

The East Cape Lighthouse on Ōtiki Hill marks the easternmost point of New Zealand, so it’s officially the first bit of the country to see each new day. 

Climb the 800 steps to the lighthouse, sitting 154 metres above sea level to drink in spectacular views, with an eye on the horizon so you catch the first rays of the morning.

Originally manned by three lighthouse keepers when it was constructed in the 1920s, staffing was reduced until it became fully automated in 1985. Today, the lighthouse is controlled from the Maritime New Zealand headquarters in Wellington.

Explore more…


Be the first to comment on this page. You cannot post comments until you have logged in. Please log in or register if you don't have an account.

More stories like this

Find out more

Natural attractions

Eastland Tairāwhiti: first to see the light

Poverty Bay is one of the most fertile areas of New Zealand, famous for its luscious chardonnay and its fruit and vegetables, which flourish in the rich soils and abundant sunshine.  Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Natural attractions

Gisborne: close to heaven

Gisborne has what the rest of the world has lost ... or is looking for. Space, peace, quality of life and an awareness among the people who live here that they share a secret, a precious key to nirvana.  Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Road trips

Eastland: sun, sand and seclusion

Take the long way round on State Highway 35, with over 300km of underpopulated coastline ahead, with plenty to do along the way. Read the story . . . 

Eastland Region Where to stay in

Eastland Pacific Motor Lodge Visit website

18 luxuriously appointed ground-floor studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units ( 5 new units built 2013 ),remaining units refurbished 2013.10 units with spa baths, serviced daily. . . . More . . . 

4.6 /5
4.6 /5
Pacific Harbour Motor Inn Visit website

Luxurious accommodation and a superb location. Pacific Harbour Motor Inn overlooks the palm tree-lined bank of the Turanganui River and the inner harbour marina. . . . More . . . 

Highway Motel Visit website

Highway Motel is situated at the entrance to Gisborne city at Makaraka, just a 5-minute drive to the city centre, beaches, golf courses and all . . . More . . . 

4.6 /5
From $120
4.6 /5
Waikanae Beach Motel Visit website

Directly across the road from beautiful Waikanae Beach, we are in a prime location. Just a short stroll along our city walkways to the vibrant . . . More . . . 

From $120