10th - 17th April 2021
|Saturday 10th Hometown to Tauranga
Departing from Auckland at 9.00am we travel to Matamata where we will tour the delightful HobbitonTM. Marvel at the oak tree that had each individual leaf attached by hand, admire the whimsical letter boxes & enjoy a buffet lunch fit for a Hobbit. We continue onto Tauranga and our first night on the Pacific Coast Highway.
Hotel Armitage, Tauranga 1 night
Sunday 11th Tauranga to Hicks Bay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Leaving Tauranga we travel through Kiwifruit country to Te Puke. At Comvita Visitor Centre we join a guided tour for a fascinating insight into the honey bee, production and the amazing benefits of this natural product. Time is allowed for morning tea in the café (own expense) and to sample some of the honey products in the shop.
Continuing onto Whakatane and Opotiki, we then join the Pacific Coast route following the beautiful coastline with its stunning golden beaches, bays and coves. Enjoy a picnic lunch, take a walk along the beach and cool down with a dip in the clear waters. Mid afternoon we arrive at Hicks Bay known for its crayfish, glow worm grotto and meeting house – one of the finest on the Cape.
Hicks Bay Motel Lodge 1 night
Monday 12th Hicks Bay to Gisborne
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we drive out to the lighthouse. The East Cape Lighthouse stands on the most easterly point of New Zealand. For those feeling fit there is a 20 minute walk and some 700 steps to the base of the lighthouse. From the East Cape we retrace our tracks to the Pacific Coast Highway and continue down to Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay. It is here, at Tolaga Bay, that you will find New Zealand’s longest wharf - 660metres. Take a stroll to the end and view the shore from the middle of the bay. We visit the East Cape Manuka Café & learn about Manuka Oil & Honey.
Portside Hotel, Gisborne 2 nights
Wednesday 14th Gisborne to Napier
As this tour travels to different regions the standard of accommodation will vary and will not be consistent from one property to the next. Some properties have varying room types and are unable to allocate similar rooms to the complete tour party. Therefore you may find you are in a two bedroom unit at one place and a studio unit at another.
All rooms/units have private bathroom facilities and tea/coffee making facilities.
Tours and sightseeing may involve walks up to one hour over uneven ground and steps. This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs.