We have planned this tour to ensure we soak up all this little travelled area has to offer.
With stays that include Napier, Gisborne, Te Kaha and at mainland New Zealand’s most easterly point- Hicks Bay, a tour that allows time to get a feeling for their way of life in a leisurely way.
Visits to places of note include; Gisborne’s Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Napier’s Mission Estate vineyard, the remote East Cape lighthouse along with a stop at Sir Apirana Ngata’s birthplace, Te Araroa.
Today’s drive south is via Tirau brings you to Taupo for lunch. The Taupo to Napier highway is one of New Zealand’s interesting drives. Over the Turangakuma and Titiokuia ranges that once formed a formidable barrier to the early settlers. Arrive in Napier for a two night stay. A welcome dinner is at the hotel
This morning enjoy a coach tour with a local guide, included is entry to the 1931 earthquake museum! Lunch is at our favourite winery – Mission Estate.
Established in 1851 by pioneering French Missionaries and the birth place of New Zealand Wine. Enjoy an included glass of wine, naturally! Continue onto
the Te Mata Figs for a guided tour of the operation.
Leave the Hawkes Bay and drive via Wairoa to Gisborne (Poverty Bay) for a two night stay. This afternoon a visit to Kati Bay and see the spot Captain Cook
landed in 1769. Dinner is included tonight
Today we head out of town to the world renowned Eastwoodhill National Arboretoum. The autumn colours will be at their very best. Maples, liquid ambers, red and scarlet oaks, the deep butter yellow colour of the Persian Ironwood, Japanese maples and the blaze of orange, purple, bronze and red of the cherry trees, not forgetting the yellow of the Lombardy Poplars. Lunch is at the Arboretoum. On our return we visit Tairawhiti Museum for its Maori and Captain Cook displays.
We leave for our tour around the Cape with our first stop at Tolaga Bay. Walk the renovated Tolaga Bay wharf - all 660metres!! Then another short drive
to arrive at Te Puka Tavern for lunch stop overlooking the sea at Tokamaru Bay (a pub since 1573 and rebuilt in 1983 after Cyclone Bola). As the coach
continues on past Te Puia Springs on a fine day you will see Mt Hikurangi (1,752 m (5,748 ft) the highest non-volcanic mountain in the North Island and arrive at Hicks Bay for an overnight stay.
Our sightseeing day starts with a coastal drive to visit New Zealand’s most easterly lighthouse. On our return a stop at Te Araroa with visits to St Marys church, built as a memorial to the soldiers of Ngati Porou who died in WW1 and the huge pohutakawa tree. This is followed with a visit to the East Cape Manuka Company’s honey and oil operations and then onto Te Kaha for an overnight stay.
Set off this morning for Opotiki before heading inland to Taneatua and along bush clad shores of Lake Rotoma and Lake Rotoiti, arriving late morning at your lakeside hotel. This evening a farewell dinner.
After breakfast head away and return home by early afternoon.
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