East Cape Caper

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East Cape Caper

East Cape Caper

6 Day / 5 Night Tour to discover Gisborne and the East Cape, with additional stays in Whakatāne and Rotorua.
 

Get a taste for New Zealand the way it used to be. Take the road less travelled around the stunning East Cape to Hicks Bay and on to Gisborne and Rotorua, enjoying local hospitality along the way.

Tour at a Glance

Tour Prices

$2,690 per person twin share

$400 single supplement

Tour Dates

4 – 9 May, 2022

 

Partnership

Some great news… while we wait for international borders to re-open, there is no better time to see a bit of our own backyard and help our local communities get back to business. 

We’re excited to let you know that we have partnered with MoaTours, one of New Zealand’s leading and most trusted local tour operators since 1971. MoaTours offers a range of small group tours all over New Zealand that we think you’ll love — from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island.  

A a family run business just like Tours Direct, MoaTours has great connections and unbeatable local knowledge of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. They also share common values so we know you will be well looked after and have a great experience.

In this remote region life moves at a gentler pace and you get a feel for earlier New Zealand life. My favourite spots are Tiromoana Garden overlooking Wainui Beach and lunching at Judy’s in beautiful Anaura Bay where little has changed since Captain Cook sailed in 250 years ago.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this cruise must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the cruise as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the cruise departure date.

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 16 December, 2021

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 31 January, 2022

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Inclusions
Variations
Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

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Inclusions

  • All meals, including a pre-show dinner at Dockside Restaurant on the Wellington waterfront
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports – there could be a price adjustment).
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Land Only price on application
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Day 1       Auckland - Waihi - Mt Maunganui - Whakatane

Your Kiwi guide meets you this morning. We’re heading Eastwards! Down the southern motorway and over the Hauraki Plains and through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge to Waihi for a stroll in this historic goldmining town.
Continuing south we drive to Mt Maunganui for lunch, and visit a kiwifruit orchard where we tour by special transport and hear the history of this major industry. We continue to Whakatāne, and our waterfront motel just opposite the Whakatāne Wharf. We dine out this evening.

 

 

Day 2       Whakatane - Te Kaha - Hicks Bay 

After breakfast we drive to Ohope Beach and down the coast to Opotiki. There are stunning ocean views along the dramatic coastal highway as we make our way to the old whaling settlement of Te Kaha to lunch with Jessica Reriti at Tui Lodge.
We continue along the coast to Raukokore Church, sitting right on the beachfront it’s a favourite photo stop. At the East Cape Manuka Company we meet the pioneers of this Manuka honey and oil business. We stay at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge and dine in this evening.

 

 

Day 3     Hicks Bay - Te Araroa - Anaura Bay - Gisborne  

We visit Te Araroa’s huge pohutakawa tree and St Mary’s, a beautifully decorated church built in 1926 as a memorial to the soldiers of Ngati Porou who died in World War I. Mt Hikurangi, the first place to see the sunrise, dominates the landscape. The Bridge makes a poignant memorial to the WW1 servicemen who tried to farm there.
Tokomaru and Tologa Bay Wharves are relics of the days when the sea provided easier access than roads. At Anaura Bay we lunch at “Rangimarie” to enjoy Judy Newell’s hospitality and the magical views. We stay two nights in Gisborne and dine out this evening.

 

 

Day 4      Gisborne - Eastwoodhill Arboretum - Tairawhiti Museum 

Discover the pretty town of Gisborne including the wonderful surf beaches that draw the summer crowds. We visit the granite memorial at Kaiti Bay that marks the spot where Captain Cook landed in 1769 and also Tairawhiti Museum which features major Maori and Captain Cook displays.
Lunch at Bushmere Estate vineyard and visit world-renowned Eastwoodhill Arboretum, 65 hectares of trees and shrubs. A special vehicle transports us around the gardens. Dine in Gisborne this evening.

 

 

Day 5     Gisborne - Waioeka Gorge - Rotorua      

We visit Prof Jack Richard’s and Won Gyu Moon’s stunning coastal garden, Tiromoana, at Wainui Beach then drive through the beautiful native forests of the Waioeka Gorge.
We stop for lunch with Mary and Bob Redpath at Wairata Station in the Waioeka Gorge before travelling westward to Rotorua, passing by the bush-clad shores of Lake Rotoma and Lake Rotoiti. In the summertime both lakes are popular holiday spots. On arrival at your hotel you could take a dip in the indoor thermal pools. We dine in the hotel. 

 

 

 

Day 6      Rotorua - Auckland 

This morning we sightsee in Rotorua including the Museum’s gardens and the geothermal activity in Kuirau Park.
We enjoy a farewell lunch hosted by our Rotorua friends Karen and David Walmsley in the one of a kind setting of Te Wairoa Buried Village. Our homeward journey passes through Tirau and Cambridge before reaching Auckland in the late afternoon.

 

 

 

Day 1       Auckland - Waihi - Mt Maunganui - Whakatane

Your Kiwi guide meets you this morning. We’re heading Eastwards! Down the southern motorway and over the Hauraki Plains and through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge to Waihi for a stroll in this historic goldmining town.
Continuing south we drive to Mt Maunganui for lunch, and visit a kiwifruit orchard where we tour by special transport and hear the history of this major industry. We continue to Whakatāne, and our waterfront motel just opposite the Whakatāne Wharf. We dine out this evening.

 

 

Day 2       Whakatane - Te Kaha - Hicks Bay 

After breakfast we drive to Ohope Beach and down the coast to Opotiki. There are stunning ocean views along the dramatic coastal highway as we make our way to the old whaling settlement of Te Kaha to lunch with Jessica Reriti at Tui Lodge.
We continue along the coast to Raukokore Church, sitting right on the beachfront it’s a favourite photo stop. At the East Cape Manuka Company we meet the pioneers of this Manuka honey and oil business. We stay at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge and dine in this evening.

 

 

Day 3     Hicks Bay - Te Araroa - Anaura Bay - Gisborne  

We visit Te Araroa’s huge pohutakawa tree and St Mary’s, a beautifully decorated church built in 1926 as a memorial to the soldiers of Ngati Porou who died in World War I. Mt Hikurangi, the first place to see the sunrise, dominates the landscape. The Bridge makes a poignant memorial to the WW1 servicemen who tried to farm there.
Tokomaru and Tologa Bay Wharves are relics of the days when the sea provided easier access than roads. At Anaura Bay we lunch at “Rangimarie” to enjoy Judy Newell’s hospitality and the magical views. We stay two nights in Gisborne and dine out this evening.

 

 

Day 4      Gisborne - Eastwoodhill Arboretum - Tairawhiti Museum 

Discover the pretty town of Gisborne including the wonderful surf beaches that draw the summer crowds. We visit the granite memorial at Kaiti Bay that marks the spot where Captain Cook landed in 1769 and also Tairawhiti Museum which features major Maori and Captain Cook displays.
Lunch at Bushmere Estate vineyard and visit world-renowned Eastwoodhill Arboretum, 65 hectares of trees and shrubs. A special vehicle transports us around the gardens. Dine in Gisborne this evening.

 

 

Day 5     Gisborne - Waioeka Gorge - Rotorua      

We visit Prof Jack Richard’s and Won Gyu Moon’s stunning coastal garden, Tiromoana, at Wainui Beach then drive through the beautiful native forests of the Waioeka Gorge.
We stop for lunch with Mary and Bob Redpath at Wairata Station in the Waioeka Gorge before travelling westward to Rotorua, passing by the bush-clad shores of Lake Rotoma and Lake Rotoiti. In the summertime both lakes are popular holiday spots. On arrival at your hotel you could take a dip in the indoor thermal pools. We dine in the hotel. 

 

 

 

Day 6      Rotorua - Auckland 

This morning we sightsee in Rotorua including the Museum’s gardens and the geothermal activity in Kuirau Park.
We enjoy a farewell lunch hosted by our Rotorua friends Karen and David Walmsley in the one of a kind setting of Te Wairoa Buried Village. Our homeward journey passes through Tirau and Cambridge before reaching Auckland in the late afternoon.

 

 

 

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance