• 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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Experience a unique and intimate cultural exploration this summer with our two experiences! ☀️#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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@stephanyaascotts shared this incredible photo of the post sunrise views from Maunga Hikurangi ⛰#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Maunga Hikurangi is believed to be the first part of Aotearoa that emerged from the sea when Māui fished up the North Island. 🌊⛰#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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@kaupoi_adventurer was lucky enough to be one of the first people in the world to experience the sunrise of a new day with the rangatahi programs.#tairawhitigisborne #repost #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Watch the world awaken on the highest non-volcanic peak on the North Island, amongst the sacred cultural treasures of the Ngāti Porou people. ⛰☀️#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Check out @eruera.walker perfectly capturing the clouds hugging our Maunga Hikurangi! ☁️⛰#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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These are our guardians of the first light. The 9 carvings at the top of Maunga Hikurangi depict Māui and his whānau.
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Mōrena from our guide Monty, as we welcome in the new day in the land of the first light! ☀️#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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