East Cape, Gisborne 4087, New Zealand
Photo by Gaby Wojciech/age fotostock
East CapeThe far-eastern tip of New Zealand's North Island, and one of the first places in the world to see the light of a new day, East Cape is a rugged and isolated location that's off the radar for most visitors to the country. It's remote, but getting there is a journey well worth taking, with New Zealand's Pacific Coast Highway snaking through traditional Maori lands and around bays and coves to the sleepy village of Te Araroa. From there, it's 30 minutes further east on winding, unsealed roads toward the opportunity to climb some 700 steps up to the windswept and solitary East Cape Lighthouse.