The short trip to Opotiki takes you past Ohope, a friendly coastal town with kilometres of uninterrupted beach for swimming, walking, surfing and fishing.
There’s a lot to see and do as you drive around the edge of East Cape. Including Tikitiki's ornate Maori church and the historic 660-metre wharf at Tolaga Bay. For those preferring a shorter drive, take the inland route direct to Gisborne along State Highway 2.
Gisborne is a sunny city with a reputation for good wine and fantastic surf beaches. There are more than 20 vineyards in the area, with many specialising in Chardonnay. Near the city centre, you can visit Kaiti Beach where the first European landed in New Zealand.