After picking you up at your door, we head east to begin our adventure. After a catch up cuppa we pass through Whakatane and Ohope – hopefully catching a glimpse of White Island puffing in the distance. Past the tranquil oyster beds on Ohiwa Harbour as we take in the scenery of the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  We leave the farmland behind and get our first taste of the coast road. Tonight we will stay in the old whaling settlement of Te Kaha, where we enjoy dining at our oceanside hotel.


After a leisurely breakfast, we look forward to a very relaxing day enjoying the drive further around the coast. The glorious drive snakes along the pohutukawa lined coast, providing breathtaking views over the Bay of Plenty. We stop at the much-photographed and perfectly situated Anglican church at Raukokore, before heading down into Waihau Bay – a haven for sports fishing. Past Cape Runaway before we get off the main road for our overnight stay at Lottin Point – another stunning waterfront stay. Here we will dine at the in-house restaurant and look forward to tomorrow’s exploration.


Another relaxed breakfast with the ocean at our feet, before we head deeper into the East Coast. Today we have a smaller distance to cover, instead taking the chance to get right off the beaten track to visit Waikura Station – one of the pioneering stations on the Cape. Today they mix old school agriculture and forestry with new ventures such as koura farming and honey production. This is a fascinating place that very few people will ever visit. Back on the main road we head out to the famous East Cape lighthouse. Try the 700 steps to the top if you dare, otherwise admire the endless views from New Zealand mainland’s most easterly point. After a great day we retire for the night at Hicks Bay, and look forward to visiting more of the East Cape tomorrow.


Day 3 sees us start making our way down to Gisborne – but not before we see plenty more of this amazing area. We will stop at Te Araroa to see New Zealand’s oldest pohutukawa tree, before heading south to see the ornately carved church at Tikitiki. Further on are interesting settlements such as Te Puia Springs and Ruatoria, before we join the coast again at Tokomaru Bay. The 600m long wharf (New Zealand’s longest) at Tolaga Bay is a sight to behold, and then we pass the famous surf beaches at Wainui before arriving in Gisborne in the afternoon. Tonight we stay in the city to enjoy a last dinner together before heading home.


Another relaxed morning as we explore Gisborne before starting off on our drive back to Tauranga. We take the scenic Waioeka Gorge back through to Opotiki, where we left the main road 3 days ago! You’ll be dropped at your door with a smile on your face – having enjoyed a memorable visit to a special part of the country.

* Please note, that unless specified in the itinerary we do not usually include the cost of lunches or morning and afternoon tea stops in the tour cost, but we always make stops where there are a range of options available so you can choose what you want, and have flexibility to do things on your own if you wish.

Whakatane, Opotiki, Pacific Coast Highway, Te Kaha, Hicks Bay, East Cape, Ruatoria, Tolaga Bay, Gisborne & more……​

Hit the Pacific Coast Highway with us and enjoy 4 nights exploring one of New Zealand’s most untouched regions – the East Coast. Sparkling coastlines, rugged bush and sweeping beaches abound as we take our time and get to know this very unique area of the country. Overnight stays at 3 stunning locations along the coast road, plus a night in Gisborne to recount all the memories along the way. Join us on this extraordinary trip.

Whats Included:

  • 5 days of touring

  • 4 nights quality accommodation

  • Door to door service [home pickups]

  • Quality Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Fully guided with commentary 

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • Plenty of stops along the way

You will see:

  • Stunning scenery throughout

  • Ohiwa Harbour

  • Te Kaka

  • Historic church at Raukokore

  • Waihau Bay & Cape Runway

  • Lottin Point

  • Waikura Station

  • East Cape Lighthouse

  • Hicks Bay

  • NZ's oldest Pohutukawa tree

  • Tikitiki ornately carved church 

  • Tologa Bay and the longest wharf

  • Gisborne

  • Waioeka Gorge

  • plus a few extras along the way!

Not included:

  • Any lunches unless specified* 

  • Morning/afternoon tea stops*

  • Any alcoholic beverages with meals

Hinterland Tours

PO Box 4678 Mount Maunganui South

and at

117 Newton Street Mount Maunganui

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