East Coast region

The Raukumara Ranges. Image: P Anderson.

The Raukumara Ranges

Map showing East Coast region.

Visit the Raukumara Forest Park to experience one of the least developed or visited tracts of bush in the North Island. The park covers 115,000 hectares of extremely rugged bush-clad land and offers a wide variety of recreational opportunites for visitors including:

  • mountain biking the scenic and challenging Otipi Road,
  • the opportunity to climb Mount Hikurangi, the first place on mainland New Zealand to see the sun; and
  • Grade 4 rafting on the Motu River, which is renowned for its unspoiled beauty and isolation.


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.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for East Coast places


Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne Office
Phone:      +64 6 869 0460
Email:   gisborne@doc.govt.nz
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