The Pacific Coast Highway
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.