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In the heart of Te Urewera National Park, it features spectacular rock formations, waterfalls, forest, caves, sheltered bays and inlets.
It is also rich in European and Tuhoe history.
Although this journey traverses some unsealed and winding roads, it presents the opportunity to explore one of the most remote and stunning parts of our country.
This certainly is one of New Zealand’s “Must See” destinations – come with me and I will make it happen for you.
After leaving Tauranga, we head inland – directly towards Waikeremoana – via – Rotorua, Murupara, Minginui & Ruatāhuna.
We will stop for lunch at the new café in Ruatāhuna.
THE HEART OF TE UREWERA – Te Tii is a place that cares for and nurtures the people of Ruatāhuna, in several ways. It represents a neutral place for whānau living remote from Ruatāhuna and those searching for their roots. It is a public space that manuhiri from near and far can engage, be a part of and appreciate; Ruatāhuna. It is a place of both traditional and modern trade and exchange; a place of building and maintaining relationships.
This is a place we can sit awhile and learn from today.
Just a short drive from here to our destination – arriving this afternoon at the Waikeremoana Dept of Conservation Holiday Park & the Visitor Centre
For those who like to hike – there is a window of opportunity for you to opt for a short walk as there are numerous on offer. For those who are not up to hiking far – settle yourself into your chalet right on the lake edge and sit back and enjoy the beauty, the peaceful serenity. Be at one with nature.
Some of the “Must see” spots –
We will all enjoy sharing cooking our meal this evening.
Overnight in Waikeremoana Holiday Park Chalets, right on the lake edge
Explore some of the spectacular scenery around Lake Waikaremoana.
Before we depart this beautiful region today you can have another opportunity to explore your surroundings.
Optional short walks include:
You might be able to take a boat ride in one of the water taxis to differing destinations across the lake.
By midday we need to be on our way to our next destination – Gisborne. We will be making stops at various points of interest enroute in Wairoa & Mahia.
Overnight at Emerald Hotel Gisborne
Explore Gisborne this morning – the Eastwoodhill Arboretum.
Rise early and watch the sunrise – be the first person in the world to welcome in the new day.
Eastwood Hill is an arboretum of national and international importance. It holds the most comprehensive collection of woody plants in New Zealand and possibly the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator.
Walking around the arboretum involves coming into contact with over 3,500 different trees, shrubs and climbers from around the globe. Nowhere else will you see such a variety of exotic and native trees, from the majestic oaks of North America to the flowering delights of the Asiatic magnolia to the prehistoric trees of Gondwanaland.
Any season of year brings its own special delights here.
There are specific colour coded walkways to make your experience in the arboretum easier to manage. There are maps available also.
Estimated time: 45 min Distance: 2 km
The Blue Walk is one of the flattest walks which meanders through Cabin Park, The Circus, Corner Park and Pear Park. The trail takes you through both the tall conifers of Cabin Park and the deciduous trees of the Circus, Corner Park and Pear Park.
Estimated time: 1h Distance: 2 km (extended walk 3.8km)
Grade: Easy (steep if doing the extended walk)
The Yellow Walk is designed to see most of the park without too much climbing involved. The extended yellow walk turns off at Basinhead and zigzags its way up to Arataitai, the highest point in the park, for some glorious views over the arboretum and surrounding countryside.
Estimated time: 1h Distance: 3km (extended walk 4.8km)
Grade: Moderate (steep if doing the extended walk)
The Purple Walk skirts along some of the higher ridges around the arboretum with good views across Douglas Park and Glen Douglas. The trail then returns to the Visitor Centre through Cabin Park. The extended purple walk turns off at Basinhead and zigzags its way up to Arataitai, the highest point in the park, for some glorious views over the arboretum and surrounding countryside.
Estimated time: 1h Distance: 2.3km (extended walk 3km)
Grade: Easy to moderate
The Brown Walk combines the coniferous plantings of Orchard Hill and the Pinetum with the deciduous plantings of Douglas Park and Glen Douglas before working its way through the Circus back to the Visitor Centre.
Estimated time: 45min Distance: 1.7km
The Red Walk is our native tree walk, combining the earlier plantings of natives in Yunnan Court and the later plantings located in The Native Reserve before returning to the Visitor Centre through the large conifers and oaks in Cabin Park.
Estimated time: 3h Distance: 5.1km
Grade: Moderate to steep in places
The Green Walk encompasses much of the arboretum and takes the visitor through the open farmland and woodland parts of the arboretum and rising from the lowest point in the arboretum to the highest.
Just beyond the gardens is Rere Falls – the waterfall is accompanied by a Rockslide waterfall – which is most impressive.
Let’s now find a local winery and enjoy lunch and home grown Gizzy wine and food.
Time to farewell Gisborne and make our way homeward.
If time permits, we will make a stop to visit Historic Tauranga Bridge. It stands as a monument to the commitment of settlers who were determined to make a living off the land in Waioeka. It signifies their strength, their optimism & hope that they could conquer the regions adversities.
Next stop is Opotiki for comfort stop, before continuing home.