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This easy ride was originally an important route for the first settlers of the region to gain access to the neighbouring region of Wairarapa. The flat coastal ride or walk is full of history - discover New Zealand's first lighthouse, shipwrecks and the beautiful Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera Lakes.
Follow an easy gravel road out to the 1906 lighthouses on the shoreline and venture up to New Zealand's first light house was erected on 1 January 1859 - home to New Zealand's only woman light house keeper.
Distance | 16 km
Ride | 1.5 hours return
Walk | 4 hours return
Carry on past the lighthouses to wetlands and ride or walk the lake loops.
Distance | 22km
Ride | 2 hours return
Walk | 5 hours
Catch the number 83 bus to the Eastbourne bus terminus, then walk for 5 minutes to Burdans Gate, or simply park up at the road end.
While this is an easy ride, plenty of food, water, warm clothes and sun protection are required as there are no facilities and little shelter on the way. Take a jacket - it can get windy!
While you're in Eastbourne you could stay for lunch or a coffee at one of the many cafes, restaurants or bars.