As we all know, traveling is exploring new territories, discovering new cultures and learning new things. Ultimately, all of this will lead us, in the end, to discover who we really are.

Why do we visit foreign lands? Why do we go to strange places? Because we want to be impressed, we want to be surprised, we want to experience strong emotions.

If that’s what you’re in the mood for, there’s a place in New Zealand where you can find all of that.

The region I’m talking about is Eastland, in the North Island of New Zealand.

If you want wide open spaces, gorgeous beaches, total seclusion, that’s the place to be.

The jewel of Eastland is the East Cape, which is, as the name suggests, the easternmost part of New Zealand.

You can reach your destination from Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty, or from Gisborne. In the small town of Te Araroa you start by following a 22 kilometer path, mostly unpaved. There is no exit and you go straight to the end.

You will find spectacular beaches, amazing landscapes and breathtaking views. In summer it is amazing. The sky is so clear, the sun is warm and the sound of the waves is like a lullaby. The song of the countless cicadas reminds you that you are alive and that life is beautiful.

For a while, take a bath, get a tan and have a watermelon or pineapple to cool off…

Cherish the moment.

There’s a campsite right in the middle of nowhere. Spend a couple of days there. You need to take everything with you, food and water. Have a barbecue in the evening, have a glass of wine and enjoy the sunset…

In front of you is the sea. The moon and stars are above you. What more do you want from life…?

When you get to the East Cape you will see that you can follow a track that leads to the East Cape Lighthouse.

You will have to climb about 700 steps to get there… Along the way you will want to stop sometimes not only to catch your breath but also to admire your surroundings. Listen to the wind, listen to the birds.

The effort of the climb is worth it. The view from above is unreal. Simply magnificent.

The Lighthouse is very interesting and you can walk around it even if you can’t visit it. It is not open to the public.

In front of you is East Island and the sea, a sea without limits.

I hope you have enjoyed the trip. Where do we go next time?