From Gisborne, you'll travel through the stunning Waioeka Gorge to Ōpōtiki. Take your time and enjoy the forest and river scenery along the way. Not far from Ōpōtiki, you'll find Ōhope, a friendly coastal town with kilometers of uninterrupted beach for swimming, walking, surfing and fishing. Local Māori culture is strong in this region, so look for carved meeting houses and unique churches.
Whakatāne is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand with a great mix of activities including a museum, observatory and numerous Māori historical sites. Just offshore is Moutohorā (Whale Island), a unique, predator-free island sanctuary.