From the northern part of Te Urewera National Park, to the rugged Raukumara Range and the stunning coastline of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, the East Cape region is a great place for a variety of recreational activities.
Anaura Bay Scenic Reserve covers 225 hectares of steep bush and regenerating native vegetation. Anaura Bay Walkway begins and ends in the reserve.Location: Anaura Bay is located 85 kilometres north of Gisborne.
You can walk the easy Marawaiwai Track in the Marawaiwai Scenic Reserve where the forest and the small raupo wetland support many common bush birds.Location: The Marawaiwai Scenic Reserve is 7 km south-east of Opotiki. Turn off State Highway 2 onto Warrington Road and then on to Harrison Road.
The Raukumara Forest Park is one of the least developed or visited tracts of bush in the North Island. Recreation opportunities include climbing Mount Hikurangi, rafting the Motu River and the mountain biking Otipi Road.Location: The park lies between the Bay of Plenty and East Cape and is the northern part of a continuous mountain chain running through the North Island. It can be accessed from the Opotiki, Ruatoria and Matawai townships.
Discover the stories of the Waioeka Gorge through a set of historical interpretation points at rest stops along the highway between Opotiki and Gisborne.Location: The Waioeka Journey is a stretch of SH2 between Opotiki and Gisborne. It follows a route carved by rivers through the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve.
Located 14km south of Opotiki, the Urutawa Conservation Area is predominantly semi coastal and contains a wide variety of threatened birds and special fauna. Location: Located 14km south of Opotiki off SH2.
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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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