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Waihi Beach to Tauranga

Waihi Beach is an excellent starting point.

After that it's straight into Katikati for a look at all the murals unique to this township.

Omokoroa is a great beach to go swimming, horse riding or hire a small yacht for a sail around the peaceful harbour inside Matakana Island.

Te Puna is next on the road to Tauranga and is nestled in the heart of orchards and vineyards. A great place to buy some fresh fruit and local wine bargains.

Welcome to Tauranga; with its compact cosmopolitan city brimming with cool shopping and restaurants, cafes and bars.

Tauranga and Whakatane

Leave town via the Tauranga Bridge for the major seaside resort town of Mt Maunganui. With its grand Ocean Beach, big surf, and modern apartment-style living, it's easy to see why Mt Maunganui is one of New Zealand's most popular seaside resorts.

Continue southeast along Ocean Beach Road to Papamoa Beach. From the beach, turn right inland to the township of Papamoa and join SH25 again.

From here the road leads to Te Puke nestled in a rich rural belt. There are many activities you can do in Te Puke, such as horseback riding, jet boating, skeet shooting, fishing and shopping.

Next townships are Pukehina and Ohinepanea, Matata and Thornton, which provide welcome stops along the majestic Pacific Coast Highway as it meanders around the western Bay of Plenty to Whakatane.

Whakatane is an idyllic sea port famous for its big game fishing. But it is also a launching point for some of the most breathtaking and fascinating boat, helicopter and light plane charters to the active volcano, White Island.

It is recommended that you have detailed road maps before departing on your trip