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East Cape Lighthouselink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Stand at the edge of the earth at the East Cape Lighthouse, a highlight of the State Highway 35 pilgrimage, as the most easterly point in New Zealand. The lighthouse was originally constructed in 1900 on nearby East Island but in 1922 the was relocated to the main land. It was manned by three lighthouse keepers, then became fully automated in 1985, and is now controlled from Maritime New Zealand headquarters in Wellington.
Accessed by 800 odd 'easy' steps it's a steep climb but really worth it once you get to the top for the spectacular views, and is stunning place to see the first light of the new day.