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 Ruatōrea, you will traverse remote backcountry and cross a private working farm known as Pākīhīroa Station.

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

Haere mai, welcome!

Self Drive

Driving north from Gisborne

Make your way to Ruatōrea 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 Ruatōrea 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 Ngāti 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 (Māori meeting grounds) as well as boutique accommodation with dinner prepared by a private chef.


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 Ruatōrea.

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Hicks Bay Motel

Situated about an hour north of Ruatōrea, at the northern most point of the Tairāwhiti 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 Ruatōrea 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 Ruatōrea, this is a great base for travellers exploring the hidden gems of Tairāwhiti.

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