EAST CAPE including Waioeka Gorge

Code EastCape-2020
Duration 6 days 5 nights

Because SHIP n SHORE has operated this tour over 30 times we’ve been able to massage it into the best East Cape tour we can.  It is fast becoming my favourite tour, having only done it three times myself – K.  

$1,687 Per Person includes Door to Door Coach Transport with 5x nights Accom. Twin Share with 5x Breakfasts, 5x Dinners and 4x Lunches.  East Cape Manuka, Eastwoodhill Arboretum and Kiwifruit Country Guided Tours.  Single Room Supplement is $488.  A deposit of $500 per person ($988 for Single Room) secures booking, with balance payable one month prior departure, by Sun 22nd March 2020

NORTH SHORE Residents:  SUN 19th to FRI 24th APR 2020
HIBISCUS COAST Residents:  SUN 26th APR to FRI 1st MAY 2020

 

Sunday
Sunday

Join us on this journey of exploration to some of the North Island’s most remote corners.  Our 22-seater coach is just the right size for the small comfortable accommodations en route, and able to navigate the seldom travelled scenic roads right around the East Cape.  

Sunday -  Matamata for lunch and then over the Kaimai Ranges to the Bay of Plenty.  We explore Mt Maunganui overnight Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga.  

Monday
Monday

Whakatane, Ohope Beach, Ohiwa Harbour and Beach, Opotiki (what a surprise when you see our lunch venue) and cross the Motu River.  Great coastal scenery en route to overnight Te Kaha Beach Resort (the surprises keep on coming!).  

Tuesday
Tuesday

Raukokore Church (which everyone should recognise), stunning views to Waihau Bay (where Boy was filmed), Whangaparaoa (the other one), then pass Cape Runaway.  Drive through Potaka and detour down to Lottin Point before arriving Hicks Bay and Te Araroa.  Today we stop at East Cape Manuka (a highlight of the tour!), then drive out to the lonely East Cape lighthouse standing sentinel over the passage between the Cape and East Island overnight Hicks Bay Motel.  

Wednesday
Wednesday

Tikitiki Church (fascinating interior), Mt Hikurangi, Ruatoria, Te Puia Springs, Tokomaru and Tolaga Bays (picnic lunch on the longest wharf), and Whangara Bay, where Whale Rider was filmed, to Gisborne “First City of the Sun”.  Gisborne Sights include Cooks Landing, Kaiti Hill, Port, Princess Diana’s tree, Waikanae Beach overnight Emerald Hotel, Gisborne.

Thursday
Thursday

We start with a tour of Eastwoodhill Arboretum (perfect timing for Autumn colours) and then travel Gisborne to Whakatane via the dramatic Waioeka Gorge carved by rivers through steep forested hills.  We stop at Rere Falls and Rere Rockslide (both of these natural beauties are quite unbelievable), Matawai, Wairata, Goldsmiths, Oponae and Tauranga Bridge overnight Rendezvous Motel, Whakatane.  

Friday
Friday

We begin today with a Guided Tour of Te Puke’s Kiwifruit Country.  Learn about growing, harvesting and promoting this iconic NZ fruit.    We stop at Katikati for lunch and return to Auckland via the Karangahake Gorge.

Contact SHIP n SHORE Tours for a Detailed Itinerary.

Join us on this journey of exploration to some of the North Island’s most remote corners.  Our 22-seater coach is just the right size for the small comfortable accommodations en route, and able to navigate the seldom travelled scenic roads right around the East Cape.  

Sunday -  Matamata for lunch and then over the Kaimai Ranges to the Bay of Plenty.  We explore Mt Maunganui overnight Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga.  Monday – Whakatane, Ohope Beach, Ohiwa Harbour and Beach, Opotiki (what a surprise when you see our lunch venue) and cross the Motu River.  Great coastal scenery en route to overnight Te Kaha Beach Resort (the surprises keep on coming!).  

Tuesday – Raukokore Church (which everyone should recognise), stunning views to Waihau Bay (where Boy was filmed), Whangaparaoa (the other one), then pass Cape Runaway.  Drive through Potaka and detour down to Lottin Point before arriving Hicks Bay and Te Araroa.  Today we stop at East Cape Manuka (a highlight of the tour!), then drive out to the lonely East Cape lighthouse standing sentinel over the passage between the Cape and East Island overnight Hicks Bay Motel.  Wednesday – Tikitiki Church (fascinating interior), Mt Hikurangi, Ruatoria, Te Puia Springs, Tokomaru and Tolaga Bays (picnic lunch on the longest wharf), and Whangara Bay, where Whale Rider was filmed, to Gisborne “First City of the Sun”.  Gisborne Sights include Cooks Landing, Kaiti Hill, Port, Princess Diana’s tree, Waikanae Beach overnight Emerald Hotel, Gisborne.  Thursday – We start with a tour of Eastwoodhill Arboretum (perfect timing for Autumn colours) and then travel Gisborne to Whakatane via the dramatic Waioeka Gorge carved by rivers through steep forested hills.  We stop at Rere Falls and Rere Rockslide (both of these natural beauties are quite unbelievable), Matawai, Wairata, Goldsmiths, Oponae and Tauranga Bridge overnight Rendezvous Motel, Whakatane.  Friday – We begin today with a Guided Tour of Te Puke’s Kiwifruit Country.  Learn about growing, harvesting and promoting this iconic NZ fruit.    We stop at Katikati for lunch and return to Auckland via the Karangahake Gorge.

 

Ship 'n Shore Tours and Cruises specialise in fully escorted 'Day and Away' tours for retirees, featuring a free door-to-door pick up service for Hibiscus Coast and North Shore residents (others by arrangement). 
A one day outing or away for several?  Regular newsletters offer variety, making the decision to travel on your own or as a couple an easy one.  

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