through Makaraka and Matawhero, turn left onto SH2 south through Manutuke.
Take the Muriwai left turn out to the coast. It was here that Cook's cabin
boy, Nicholas Young, is said to have first spotted land; a sharp promontory
which Captain Cook promptly named Young Nick's Head.
south we pass through the small settlement of Bartletts before turning inland
through the Wharerata Forest. Emerging on the other side we pass Morere, which
has a scenic reserve, camping ground and places for picnics.
As we arrive at
Nuhaka and the northern shores of Hawke Bay, a good place to explore is the
Mahia Peninsula. Be aware that the unsealed roads are quite long – up
to 40km to Ahuriri Point – so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy
the region. There is a lovely north facing scenic reserve at Mahia. If you
run out of time, there are camping grounds at Mahia Beach and Opoutama.
The road west from
Nuhaka passes through Whakai and past Tuhara before coming to the town of
Wairoa at the mouth of the Wairoa River.
From here you could
take a side trip to the wonderful Lake Waikaremoana with its great walking
the road travels inland through Ohinepaka before emerging on the coast again
at Waihua Beach. Take the short drive to the bay to gain a perspective of
the enormous scale of Hawke Bay.
Back on the road
west we are about to take the road inland for the longest stretch before reaching
the coast again at Tangoio.
There is a great
stop off at Tutira, which has a picturesque wildlife reserve with nature walks
and a camping ground. After you reach the coast, it's a gentle 20km drive
south along Whirinaki, Bay View and Westshore beaches into Napier.
carry on down SH2 for about 20 minutes and you come to Napier's twin city
of Hastings. Take in its nearby orchards, wineries and local cuisine.
Just south of Hastings,
Havelock North is an area rich in wineries and outdoor activities such as
Back on SH2, go
south through the locales of Opapa, Pukehou, and Otane before arriving at
Waipawa, a farming town. It also has roads that lead to the secluded beaches
of Kairakau and Mangakuri.
south of Waipawa is another farming town of Waipukurau, where excellent trout
fishing in the Tukituki River can yield some big catches!
head east to the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve on the coast. Divers will love
the abundant fish and plant life within its boundaries.
Another route from
Waipukurau, is the road to Porangahau, which is the southernmost town in Hawke's
Bay. Soak up the country atmosphere and take in the laidback lifestyle.
is recommended that you have detailed road maps before departing on your trip