East Cape Wanderer - The Pacific Coast Highway

Mahia Peninsula
10th - 17th April 2021
Saturday 10th    Hometown to Tauranga     
Lunch, Dinner
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

Tuesday 13th  Eastwood Hill Arboretum    
Breakfast, Dinner
A leisurely start today, the morning is free to relax and explore the central Gisborne area. There are a number of monuments associated with Captain Cook, including a statue of Young Nick, the first of Cook’s crew to sight New Zealand.
This afternoon we visit Eastwoodhill Arboretum with over 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs and climbers. The trees will be starting to change colour and will be sure to delight everyone. A guided 4WD tour is available or you may like to take a self guided walk.
Wednesday 14th  Gisborne to Napier
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Gisborne today we continue our journey down the Pacific Coast Highway detouring to go up the Mahia Peninsula. Driving into Napier, the Art Deco Capital, we take a brief orientation tour before arriving at our hotel and unpacking for our 3 night stay. The hotel is situated on Marine Parade just a few minutes walk from the CBD and shopping centre.
Scenic Hotel, Te Pania, Napier                3 nights
Thursday 15th  Napier Sightseeing
Breakfast, Dinner
Today there are many sightseeing highlights including a tour of the Classic Sheepskin Tannery and factory, a tour of Sileni Estate and Winery with wine tasting, a guided tour of an Olivery, and not to be missed when in Napier, an Art Deco Guided Walk. The walk takes in the unique 1930’s architecture which arose after Napier’s fire and earthquake in 1931.

Friday 16th Hawkes Bay Sightseeing
Breakfast, Dinner
Following breakfast we transfer to Clifton Beach to join the Gannet Beach Adventure. Not to missed, we are transported by tractor and comfortable cushioned trailer along the beach to Cape Kidnappers. Guides show us the fascinating geology, earthquake fault lines and fossils. Returning to Napier, the afternoon is free for you to explore the Napier CBD, take a walk along the boardwalk or browse the shops.

Saturday 17th Napier to Auckland

This morning we farewell Napier. Leaving the Pacific Coast Highway we join the Thermal Explorer Highway to Taupo and continue on through Tokoroa and Tirau arriving in Auckland around 6.00pm. On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your home.   

General Information
  • 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.

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