Route 13a of this tour of the North Island uses only one road to navigate around the Raukumara Peninsula on the Pacific Coast Highway to Opotiki. There is an alternative inland, shorter route that travels through the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve in the RX Library. That route is titled: "Gisborne to Opotiki through the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve (13b/15)". Both routes have incredibly beautiful scenery so the choice is yours. For those of you who like to collect the country's cardinal points, this route visits East Cape, the easternmost point of the main islands of New Zealand. The west coast road along the shores of the Bay of Plenty is a joy to travel on.
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