Napier to Gisborne a great day out on Captains Cooks route.
The route between Napier and Gisborne is one to slip into a longer motorhome rental or campervan hire itinerary of New Zealand’s north island. Its just 213Km long, so the day can be spent on a leisurely drive, with lots of stops in between.
Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of the world, and that’s due to an earthquake in 1931 which made it necessary to totally rebuild the town. If you’re into animals and nature make sure you visit the worlds largest mainland gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers and the National Aquarium where you can dive with sharks. If that’s not your cup of tea, what about a beverage of a different kind…wine? You can’t travel far in New Zealand without coming across a fantastic winery, and Napier is no exception. There are many award-wining vineyards around Hawks Bay, and that’s also where you’ll find the Hawkes Bay Museum which relives the culture heritage and past of the area. So before you start your road trip make sure you spend time exploring this picturesque seaside town.
Now you’re off, on the road again and on the coastal road from Napier to Gisborne. Your first stop may be Lake Tutira, strictly not on the coastal highway, but a nice diversion from it. The Lake is sanctuary for birds of all kinds, as well as an anglers paradise, but remember you’ve only got a day to cover this part of the route so don’t get too distracted.
Other places en route to ‘get distracted’ are Morere Hot Springs set in a huge nature reserve with several pools of all different temperatures, very relaxing! You should also visit the landing site of Captain Cook at Young Nicks head. Nicholas Young was the first person to see Cook land, and when you’ve trodden in his footsteps, visit the wonderful beaches of the Mahia peninsula, popular with fishermen and surfers alike.
Now, you’ve arrived in Gisborne, another of those wine and surf places, and what a great place to end this part of the route in your motorhome rental or campervan hire, where to next?