As small as it may be, Te Araroa can lay claim to two things - being one of the first places in the world to see the light of the new day, and having the largest and oldest pohutukawa tree in the world.

The town has a strong Maori history and you can discover Whetumatarau - a historic pa site, overlooking the town. The views from up here are rewarding and worth the scenic bushwalk to the summit. The coastline is extensive and varied, and there are several nice beaches in the area, offering a range of activities. At Punaruku Beach there is good swimming, fishing and surfing. Head inland to the Whakaangiangi and Karakatuwhero Valleys and you will find some nice picnic and swimming spots. A bushwalk is a pleasant way to discover the natural beauty of the area. There is also pig and deer hunting to be done nearby.

Te Araroa is located on the most easterly point of the North Island, 175km north of Gisborne, on the foreshore of Kawakawa Bay.