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Northbound Coastal Explorer

4 Days / 3 Nights – Hawke’s Bay > Gisborne > Whakatane

Enjoy the beautiful architecture and Gannet Colony in Hawke’s Bay before embarking on a rugged Coastal Journey to savour around East Cape.

DAY 1:

Begin your tour in the Hawke’s Bay city of Napier, the stunning Art Deco capital of New Zealand. This is an ideal tour for anyone heading North through the region from Wellington. Enjoy some of the fresh food and wine that this region is well known for, visit a winery or take a tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony please click links for full information on accommodation and activity options.

DAY 2:

Make your way from Napier to Gisborne today. The drive along coast will be breathtakingly rugged and beautiful.  The Eastland region is the first region in the world to see the sunrise every day. Your journey today will be one of discovery, the first Maori explorers and Captain Cook arrived on these shores, which are also very popular surfi ng spots these days.  On arrival in Gisborne you will have the choice of a range of accommodation please click here for full information.

DAY 3:

Enjoy the morning in Gisborne, before continuing along the Pacific Coast Highway to Whakatane, give yourself a little time to scratch beneath the surface out here to reveal some true Kiwi gold. This stretch of road is drivable in a day but we do suggest you give yourself much more time to explore and discover the unique places along the way and breaking the journey, Hick’s Bay is an ideal spot to do this. On arrival in Whakatane you may wish to enjoy a day trip to White Island an active offshore volcano. Overnight in Whakatane, there are a range of accommodation and some activities to choose from here please click links for full information. From here you can either opt to continue along the Pacific Coast Highway to the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel, head to Rotorua on the Thermal Explorer Highway or conclude your tour.