- Te Araroa
58 km (36 miles)
Approximately 0.75 hour
Road Conditions: State Highway/Arterial
The main centre for the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatane is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand. Just offshore is White Island, a spectacular active volcano that can be visited by launch or helicopter. Other Whakatane attractions include the museum, an observatory and Maori historical sites. In summer, dolphin swimming is the thing to do.
The short trip to Opotiki takes you past Ohope, a friendly coastal town with 11 kms of uninterrupted beach for swimming, walking, surfing and fishing. You’ll drive through gently rolling hill country – the foothills of the Urewera Ranges. Small settlements appear regularly. Local Maori culture is strong in this region, so look for carved meeting houses and unique churches.
Opotiki is an ideal base for explorations of Eastland. It has a good range of accommodation and shops. Eco-tourism activities make excellent use of the beautiful coastal and forest environment - horse trekking, kayaking, river rafting and dolphin swimming are some of the entertainment options.
Walk just 30 minutes into the Whinray Reserve and you'll find yourself surrounded by forest giants, some over 40 metres tall.
Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve
Enjoy the great outdoors at the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve, a peaceful forest paradise between Opotiki and Gisborne.
Ohope Beach and Ohiwa Harbour
Luxuriate in the sun, sea and sand on beautiful Ohope Beach or paddle a kayak around the bird nesting sites of Ohiwa Harbour.
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