• PLAN YOUR TRIP
    TO MAUNGA HIKURANGI

Your journey to Maunga Hikurangi

Is a once in a lifetime experience that will you bring to the heart of our people.

With both the sunrise and day tours commencing from the base of Maunga Hikurangi at Ruatoria, you will traverse remote backcountry and cross a private working farm known as Pakihiroa Station.

Whether you arrive from Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty or central Gisborne in Tairawhiti, your trip to Maunga Hikurangi will be an unforgettable one.

Haere mai, welcome!

Self Drive

Driving north from Gisborne

Make your way to Ruatoria via a stunning 2-hour coastal drive up along the iconic State Highway 35. Pass stunning beachside communities, epic surf and rural countryside with the vast Pacific Ocean hugging the pristine coastline.

Driving east from Rotorua

A 5-hour drive from central Rotorua through the beautiful Bay of Plenty, you can journey to Ruatoria through coastal communities with spectacular beaches, bays and flourishing orchards.

Helicopter experience

Journey to Maunga Hikurangi across land, sea and sky with our Topa Mai VIP Helicopter experience.

Your adventure begins at Gisborne Airport where you will be whisked away on a breathtaking scenic helicopter tour towards Maunga Hikurangi and the nine legendary Māori carvings sacred to the Ngati Porou people.

This fully customisable, once in a lifetime experience can be designed to suit your travel requirements including transfers to and from Gisborne Airport, East Coast history and highlights by air, a visit to a local marae (Maori meeting grounds) as well as boutique accommodation with dinner prepared by a private chef.

ACCOMMODATION

Te Puia Springs Hotel

The historic grounds of Te Puia Springs Hotel offers comfortable, country accommodation that boasts hot mineral pools and bush walks just as a short drive from the local beach. With a range of hotel rooms, backpacker and camping options available, Te Puia Springs Hotel is also only a 25-minute drive to Ruatoria.

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Hicks Bay Motel

Situated about an hour north of Ruatoria, at the northern most point of the Tairawhiti region is the picturesque seaside community of Hicks Bay. Also known as Te Wharekahikia, Hicks Bay offers a range of accommodation options available including the Hicks Bay Motel and Lodge, Nga Puriri Bed and Breakfast and Te Araroa Holiday Park. Conveniently located along State Highway 35, the drive from Hicks Bay to Ruatoria takes about an hour and is a popular and scenic coastal route to explore.

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Te Puka Tavern

The iconic Te Puka Tavern is beachfront accommodation in Tokomaru Bay that capture the spirit of the East Coast through and through. Fantastic food, accommodation with million-dollar ocean views and friendly service makes this a top accommodation option along State Highway 35. Situated 40 minutes away from Ruatoria, this is a great base for travellers exploring the hidden gems of Tairawhiti.

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  • My husband and I have just done the early morning sunrise tour. It was a very special experience for us and we would highly recommend it to everyone.

    WendyG84
    Whakatane, New Zealand

  • He gave us an informative and interesting talk about the carvings, and the history of Ngati Porou - both distant and recent. Everyone in the group was very impressed.

    8Hazel8
    Auckland, New Zealand

  • At the site of the phenomenal carvings, Monty shared the stories of Ngati Porou - just fascinating. The picnic was delicious and elegantly presented. A most excellent adventure for visitors from far and near.

    Elisabeth E
    Auckland, New Zealand

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Did you know the carvers of our spectacular whakairo (carvings) were taught by Sir Derek Lardelli?A Gisborne local, Lardellli is a man of many talents. He’s one of Aotearoa’s finest tā moko artists, and composed Kapa-o-pango, the new All Black haka.#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Epic contemplative sunrise photo from @east.az – who described our tour as an “unreal, authentic Maori experience.” Kia ora!📷: @east.az#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Under the dark Southern skies and a blanket of brilliant stars, the Te Urunga-Tu Sunrise Experience is an adventure like no other – come discover it with us.#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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We are welcoming in the New Year and the first rays of Tama-Nui-Te-Rā! We hope 2021 brings you aroha, joy, happiness and new beginnings – from up here on Maunga Hikurangi.#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Maori carving is packed with symbolism - and styles differ between the tribes. Ngati Porou’s unique ancestry comes through strong atop Maunga Hikurangi!#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #ruatoria
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Check out this epic shot by @nobletraveller, of the full sun upon Maunga Hikurangi!#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #ruatoria
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Meri Kirihimete to all! We hope you enjoy your day with whānau and/or friends wherever you are 🎄#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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The beauty lies in the details. Our guides bring to life the stories held by each whakairo (carving) – down to each fabulous, minute element.#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #ruatoria
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Journey with us to the first light at Maunga Hikurangi!#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Reposting this shot by @taylorwyattlogan  of our Maunga looking stunning after welcoming in the new day#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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