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Te Araroa and East Cape
A 22km, mostly unsealed, no-exit road from Te Araroa takes you to the most Easterly point on mainland New Zealand. The historic East Cape lighthouse stands 154 metres above sea level and is accessed by a walking track of some 700 steps - worth it for the views at the top. The road to the lighthouse clings to the coastline - there are numerous sandy beaches just metres away. In the tiny coastal settlement of Te Araroa, you'll find Te Waha-o-Rerekohu - New Zealand's oldest and largest pohutukawa tree. It's around 600 years old. Down the road From Te Araroa is St Mary's Church in Tikitiki - one of the most marvellously ornate Maori churches in New Zealand.