Heading south on
SH3 to Egmont Village, then on through the small farming villages of Tariki,
Waipuku, Midhurst, to the larger township of Stratford.
continue on SH3 through Ngaere to Eltham, and on through Te Roti, Normanby
into the busiest town in South Taranaki, Hawera.
From Hawera leave
southeast on SH3 through Whareroa, Mokoia, Manutahi, Kakaramea to Patea; a
quaint seaside township with a camping ground and beautiful beach. You can
also play a round of golf.
From Patea, continue
southeast on SH3 through Waverley and Moumahaki, Waitotara, Nukumaru, Maxwell
and Kai Iwi. All along the way there are many side roads to the right which
lead directly to the coast, camping grounds and forest reserves.
From Kai Iwi, it
is a short drive into Wanganui.
to Palmerston North
This is a short trip through some of New Zealand's richest farming regions.
Leaving town on
SH3, you cross the broad Whanganui River through Marybank, Kaitoke to Whangaehu.
the Whangaehu River continue southeast through Turakina. From there it's a
good straight drive past farmlands to Bulls. Bulls is one of those wonderfully
quirky townships where they've made the most of their odd name with humorous
signs everywhere around town.
After leaving Bulls
on SH3 southeast, you'll pass through Sanson. Stay on SH3 to Kauwhata and
Newbury before rolling into Central Palmerston North.
is recommended that you have detailed road maps before departing on your trip