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East Coast Bus Pass

The East Cape of New Zealand is a remote and somewhat intriguing region of New Zealand, untouched by commercialism.  The vibe is friendly and laid back, encapsulating a simple coastal lifestyle, rich in Maori history where time seems to stand still.


  • See the sunrise in the first place to see the sun each day. 
  • Jump off NZ's longest wharf.
  • Taste New Zealand Chardonnay in Gisborne.
  • Try delicious, fresh New Zealand seafood in Te Kaha.
  • Optional guided fishing trip, stingray feeding, surfing and an active volcano visit.

What's Included

  • Knowledgable driver-guide who will help get you around the country and tell you everything you need to know about New Zealand.
  • Guaranteed accommodation along the way, no need to book in advance (extra cost). More details here
  • Questions? Check out our FAQ or Contact Us.

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Number of Days 3

Starts: Auckland Finishes: Auckland

Tour Type: Hop on Hop Off Bus Pass


January 04, 2018 - March 08, 2018: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
March 10, 2018 - April 28, 2018: Tuesday and Saturday
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We depart from Rotorua to start our journey into the remote East Cape region. We will head east towards the lush Bay of Plenty, navigating our way through the beautiful lakes in the Rotorua region. Our destination is a remote coastal settlement of Te Kaha where we’ll be overnighting in a local homestay set overlooking the sea. Feel truly welcomed by our local hosts with a warm traditional Maori greeting. You will have a free afternoon to ease into the coastal setting with opportunities to go fishing, snorkelling or simply unwind in a seaside spa pool. We recommend signing up for the freshest seafood meal you’ll ever eat prepared by our hosts.    


Seaside homestay lodge


Snorkelling, waterfront walk, spa bath overlooking the ocean.

We set out early to make our way around the eastern point of the Cape, exploring the pristine beaches and settlements along the way.  We’ll later stop by Tolaga Bay Wharf, the longest pier in New Zealand where you can enjoy an dip before arriving at our overnight accommodation on the outskirts of Gisborne. Nestled on a private beach you can enjoy sundowners on a deck or build a beach bonfire and feel the outside world drift away.


Tranquil hostel with an unbeatable sea views.


East Cape Lighthouse walk, swimming, beach bonfire.

Today you’ll have a free morning in Tatapouri to enjoy some activities in the area. Hone your surfing skills or join a local guide for a “must do experience” feeding wild stingrays in the bay (tide permitting). In the afternoon we’ll take a cruisy drive back to Rotorua driving through the spectacular Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve stopping to enjoy some of the sights along the way. Before arriving back in Rotorua (late afternoon) we will make one last stop for a stretch and a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Lake Rotoma.


Central Rotorua hostel.


Free activities: Swimming, walks, explore Gisborne township.

Paid activities: Surfing, Stingray Feeding (tide permitting), White Island Volcanic Tour

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