Welcome to the Pacific Coast Highway Guide
Kia Ora and welcome to the official website for the Pacific Coast Highway Guide.
The 2016 Edition of the Pacific Coast Highway Guide is now available to view as an eBook. All you need to do is click on the front page image above and allow for it to load.
PCHG 2016 Launch
We are proud to announce the arrival of the "New Look" 2016 edition of the Pacific Coast Highway Guide. We trust that have picked yourselves up a copy.
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If you are visiting an i-SITE in the Bay of Plenty region, you can ask for a free copy of the Pacific Coast Highway Guide Booklet to keep in the glove-box of your vehicle. Click on the image above to view the E-Book version of the Pacific Coast Highway Guide.
The Pacific Coast Highway
As you journey through this beautiful region with it’s spectacular scenery, you will encounter friendly local people and experience a way of life that has changed little over recent years.
Leaving Whakatane (travelling from North to South) you will skirt the picturesque Ohiwa Harbour before reaching the long undeveloped beaches at Waiotahi and Tirohanga. From Opotiki you have two choices - the route south via the Waioeka Gorge travels through a beautiful river valley flanked by native forests. A wonderful round trip can be enjoyed by turning north again at Matawai and returning to Opotiki on the Old Motu Coach road. Travelling east from Opotiki on SH35 is longer but enchanting, with numerous clear rivers descending from bush-clad hillsides as you follow the rocky coastline from bay to bay.
This area, affectionately called “The Coast” by the locals, has a high Maori population and you will see many Marae with ornately carved gateways. Please remember that Marae are private property. You may meet a friendly local to show you around a Marae. Hicks Bay and Te Araroa is one of the most isolated parts of New Zealand but as with all of the Eastland Region there are plenty of options for good quality accommodation.
An early morning visit to the East Cape Lighthouse is a must before heading south towards Gisborne. This section of Eastland is drier and it is well worth taking a side trip to visit one of the many golden-sand bays on this side of “The Coast”. Gisborne is a picturesque city with some beautiful beaches and allow some time to visit some of the excellent local wineries. Travelling further south to the river town of Wairoa, there are several more side trips available on your journey. The Pacific Coast Highway continues on a further 118km to the Art Deco city of Napier. The sealed roads are in good condition but are occasionally winding so please drive carefully, as we want you to come back! We are proud of this region that we love, and know that you will fall in love with it as well, enjoy your stay - Opotiki & District 10,000 Club.
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The 2015 Pacific Coast Highway Guide is produced, published and presented with the compliments of the Opotiki & District 10,000 Club Incorporated, P O Box 23, Opotiki. The club acknowledges the assistance of all those who have helped with photographs or content. New content material or suggested additions to this guide are welcomed. Please contact the Editor at P O Box 23, Opotiki.
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