The Pacific East Coast Highway Including Lake Waikaremoana
Door to Door pickups, Transport, Accommodation, All Tours, Meals as listed
DAY ONE MT, L, D
This morning we will enjoy the coastal views all the way to Whakatane, Opotiki, then onto Te Kaha. We will stop along the way for morning tea and some lunch and also a little time in Opotiki Museum, which really punches above its weight. We will spend our night at the stylish Te Kaha Resort overlooking the shimmering waters of the rocky coastline. Fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping at the shores just meters from your room.
DAY TWO B, MT, L, D
Our journey continues along the Great Pacific Highway, passing through small settlements, an area steeped in Maori history. We will visit the iconic Ruakokore Anglican Church then travel on calling into the beautiful Waihau Bay enjoying its sweep of white sandy beaches. We then travel the picturesque road out to the deep water of Lottin Point to enjoy morning tea by the sea, a tranquil spot and popular launch site for Game Fishing enthusiasts targeting giant Marlin, Sword Fish and Tuna. From here our journey continues onto Te Araroa,where we will stop at East Cape Manuka for some insights into this fascinating industry and what it has done for the local economy and enjoy some lunch at the oniste cafe. From here we will stop to admire what is thought to be the oldest pōhutukawa tree in the country. Road and weather permitting, we amble along the seaside road to the East Cape lighthouse. Those feeling energetic can climb the 700 steps to the East Cape lighthouse and be rewarded with breathtaking views from the top before continuing onto our destination of the day, Hicks Bay. We will enjoy a hearty meal, magnificent views and rest tonight at the hilltop motel of Hicks Bay.
DAY THREE B,MT,L, D
Getting away a little earlier today will allow us time to enjoy the great St Mary's church and its delicate carvings within. We will continue onto Tokomaru Bay to visit the old Freezing works site, the historic pier, and a stop for picnic morning tea. We will then push on and detour to Anaura Bay, a picture postcard and historic East Coast beach. From here we will continue our travels to the small rural town of Tolaga Bay for lunch. After refreshments, we walk along the historic Tolaga Bay wharf, New Zealand's longest, a 660m pier that stretches out in front of towering blue papa cliffs. Continuing our journey, we pass sheep and cattle farms in rugged hill country before arriving back on the coast. This afternoon we'll enjoy the Iconic Tatapouri Bay’s ‘stingray experience.’ Here we learn about the local orcas and of course, the friendly stingrays. If the tides are favorable, we will be able to feed the rays on the reef. It is a short drive to Gisborne, better known as 'Gizzy,' this city enjoys some of the best weather in New Zealand. This evening's accommodation will be at The Quality Hotel Emerald, where we'll enjoy our dinner at the onsite Restaurant.
DAY FOUR B, MT, L, D
This morning, we will be travelling to Eastwood Hill, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, which encompasses 135 hectares of exotic and native trees, shrubs, and climber plantings. The botanical collection planted by Douglas Cook is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator. After lunch, we will embark on a guided tour through this colourful and lush wonderland with our hosts. Following our afternoon at Eastwood Hill, we travel the short distance to the Rere Falls and the infamous Rere Rockslide before heading back to Gisborne to enjoy a scenic drive and some free time in town. We'll enjoy another delicious meal at the hotel giving you time to rest and recharge after your busy day.
DAY FIVE B, MT, L, D
Good Walking Shoes Required for today. The home of the ‘Children of the Mist,’ the Tuhoe people, is our destination for the day. We will pick up a local guide to talk to us through the area. Te Urewera National Forest Park is a 212,600-hectare temperate rainforest and the largest single tract of native forest in the North Island. The Park has an abundance of native birdlife with many rare lizards and our native bat. We will stop for morning tea with our local guide and then head through the native bush to Lake Waikaremoana in the heart of the park. The North Island’s deepest lake (250 meters) is surrounded by ancient native forests and features many dramatic waterfalls. Enjoy an informative talk from our guide about this fascinating region. We will then travel to Napier heading to Te Pania Hotel for evening’s accommodation.
DAY SIX B, D
Today we will enjoy a more leisurely pace and take some time to explore Napier's surroundings, heading east stopping at Birdwood Cafe and Garden for morning tea, a magical place full of sculptures from all over the world, and beautiful gardens. We'll then continue onto Havelock North for some free time to check the local shops at your own leisure. We will then return to Napier and take the time to have enjoy one of the many eateries that Napier has to offer. From here we'll regroup for our Art Deco guided tour of the Town. A local expert will tell us about the Town festival, the 1931 earthquake and the architecture that defines Napier. You will then be able to go for a stroll on the walk-friendly waterfront, or have a well-deserved shopping session or just head back to the hotel for a rest before dinner onsite.
DAY SEVEN B, MT
This morning we will make our way back to Tauranga via the Napier Taupo, enjoying photographic opportunities along the way including Kaweka, Ahimanawa Forest Ranges and Waipunga Falls. For morning tea, we will stop at 280-acre Mohaka River Farm at the Kaweka Ranges foothills. Here you also be treated to a walk around the property to learn more of their sustainable farming practices and appreciate the serenity and the beauty this tranquil location enjoys. Taupo will be our lunch stop before heading home for a comfort stop in Rotorua.
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Next Tour Date
Fri, 21st of Apr 2023