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Eastland is renowned for being one of the first places in the world to see in the dawn of a new day.

As the landing point for Captain James Cook, the first European on New Zealand soil, it's no surprise that Eastland is steeped in New Zealand history. This is a relaxed and tucked-away part of the country, where shoes are optional and people love to get out in the sun, perhaps riding a horse or having a surf at one of New Zealand's top surfing breaks. It's the perfect area to send your clients for a peaceful, sun-filled holiday.

The Best of Eastland

  • Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve – This reserve commemorates the first visit by a European on New Zealand soil, as well as the first meeting between Europeans and Māori.
  • Mount Hikurangi – Your clients can be some of the first in the world to see in the dawn of each day by climbing to the accommodation hut the day before, staying overnight then reaching the summit before daybreak.
  • East Cape Lighthouse – Take in the views at the most easterly point on New Zealand’s mainland.
  • Māori culture – Clients can experience Māori culture up close at Te Poho O Rawiri Marae, with Māori art, kapa haka (performing art), and Māori carvings all available and on show.
  • Surf spots – With six protected surf spots, your clients can ride waves on some of New Zealand's idyllic beaches.
  • Water activities – Also available throughout the area is white-water rafting, scenic boat tours, kayaking tours of glow worm caves, fishing, and both dolphin, stingray and eagle ray encounters.

Further Information

Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Eastland Regional Tourism Organisation (Tourism Eastland)
Find an i-SITES Visitor Information Centre
www.newzealand.com (Eastland)

Climate & Weather:

December

Summer

AVG High

24 °C / 75.2 °F

AVG Low

13 °C / 55.4 °F

June

Winter

AVG High

15 °C/ 59 °F

AVG Low

5 °C / 41 °F

Attractions Eastland

  • Wineries

    Wineries

    Sunny Eastland is home to one of New Zealand’s most important grape growing regions, centred around Gisborne.

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  • Mount Hikurangi

    Mount Hikurangi

    The sunrise of a lifetime is waiting at the summit of Mount Hikurangi. Watch the new day dawn before anybody else in New Zealand.

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  • Tikitiki

    Tikitiki

    The building of Saint Mary's at Tikitiki coincided with a drive to preserve Maori art traditions. The result is extraordinary.

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  • Motu Trails

    Motu Trails

    Experience 3 contrasting journeys. Explore East Cape wilderness, take in the fresh ocean air.

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