Welcome to Pacific Coast Hwy
If you’re short on time, head for Gisborne via SH2 from Opotiki – a 147km, 2½-hour alternative via the Waioeka Gorge, where you'll find the two- to three-hour loop walk leading off from the historic Tauranga Bridge.
Both routes are covered in the excellent Pacific Coast Highway Guide, available at Gisborne and Opotiki i-SITEs. Set off with a full petrol tank, and stock up on snacks and groceries – shops and petrol stations are in short supply. Sleeping and eating options are also pretty spread out: plan accordingly.