Choose from several picturesque routes when getting to and from the Bay of Plenty. Drive along the spectacular East Coast with stunning beaches, crashing surf and coastal scenery or head inland with rugged bush, mountains and geothermal sights.
Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway traverses the east coast of the North Island.
The route links Auckland, the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the East Cape to Hawke's Bay.
Enjoy a part of New Zealand that draws people year round to enjoy the beaches and native bush as well as the abundance of activities and unforgettable scenery. Driving from Auckland to Tauranga following the Pacific Coast Highway is a full day’s journey along very scenic but windy roads.
The highway is well signposted along the entire route and a detailed Pacific Coast Highway map is available through i-SITEs to help navigate the touring route with ease.
The Great New Zealand Touring Route
The Great New Zealand Touring Route gives you the chance to experience the very best of the North Island while following two well-established themed touring routes: Pacific Coast Highway and Thermal Explorer Highway. Your experience starts the moment you leave Auckland. You can follow the unspoilt coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay then drive inland to Lake Taupo and Rotorua through to Auckland.
The Great New Zealand Touring Route is the only place in New Zealand where you will experience everything from unspoilt, pristine beaches to snow-capped mountains, hot bubbling mud pools, Maori culture and some of the country's best wineries all in a few days.