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Day 5 : Gisborne to Napier

Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.

  Travel time Km (Miles)
Gisborne - Waikaremoana (Urewera National Park) 2 hrs 161 101
Waikaremoana (Urewera National Park) - Napier 2.25 hrs 181 113
Totals for Day 4.25 hrs 342 214

Gisborne - Waikaremoana (Urewera National Park)

Gisborne - Waikaremoana	(Urewera National Park)

161 km (101 miles)
Approximately 2 hours
Road Conditions: State Highway

Gisborne is a sunny city with a reputation for good wine and fantastic surf beaches. There are more than 20 vineyards in the area—the emphasis is on Chardonnay. Kaiti Beach was the first European landing place in New Zealand.

There are two routes to Waikaremoana—inland, via State Highway 36, or along the coast on State Highway 2. The inland route gives you the chance to visit Hackfalls Arboratum, one of the largest private collections of trees in New Zealand. Te Reinga Falls is another local attraction.

The coastal route provides access to Morere Hot Springs and the fabulous beaches of the Mahia Peninsula.

Waikaremoana is one of the North Island's most beautiful wilderness lakes, and the gateway to the Urewera National Park. Walking tracks around the lake are well maintained and clearly signposted.

The Onepoto Caves are a highlight. Near the shores of the lake is the settlement of Aniwaniwa, where a visitor centre is located. Also on the lake shore is a motor camp with motels, cabins and tent-sites.

Waikaremoana (Urewera National Park) - Napier

Waikaremoana (Urewera National Park) - Napier

181 km (113 miles)
Approximately 2.25 hours
Road Conditions: State Highway

Waikaremoana is one of New Zealand's most beautiful wilderness lakes. Walking tracks around the lake are well maintained and clearly signposted. The Onepoto Caves are a highlight.

Near the shores of the lake is Aniwaniwa, which has a visitor centre. Also on the lake shore is a motor camp with motels and tent-sites.

After the wilds of the Urewera National Park, the town of Wairoa will feel like a bustling metropolis. As well as a lighthouse in its main street, Wairoa has an interesting museum.

On the road south you'll cross the Mohaka River, known for its fishing, kayaking and rafting adventures. The last leg of your journey takes you past Lake Tutira and the turn off to Waipatiki Beach.

In 1931 a devastating earthquake nearly levelled the city of Napier. It was rebuilt in the style of the times, and is now considered the Art Deco Capital of the world. The vineyards of Hawke's Bay are all within easy reach of Napier. Another attraction is the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

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