Uncover the East Coast

7 Day Itinerary

7 Days

1,221 km


Sunrise | Beaches | Surfing | Lighthouse

Travel Time

17 hrs & 45 mins

Day One

Auckland to Coromandel

The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s most desired destinations - especially during the summer months. Pack-up and hit the road in your campervan and head for the Coromandel Peninsula. See what we recommend in the Coromandel.

Must do:

Cathedral Cove | Hot Water Beach | Walk the Pinnacles | New Chum Beach | Hauraki Trail | Coromandel Coastal Walkway

CampgroundThe Coromandel Holiday Park and Campground

Day Two

Coromandel to Whangamata

Your next destination is perfect for those in search of white sandy beaches, fantastic surf, outdoor activities and gold mining. Whangamata is just a short journey from the Coromandel, and has one of New Zealand’s best beaches as voted in 2018.

Must do:

Whangamata Beach (6km) | Kayak to Whenuakua Wildlife Sanctuary (Donut Island) | Wentworth Falls | Learn to surf

CampgroundWentworth Valley Campground

Day Three

Whangamata to Tauranga

Tauranga means the ‘place of rest or anchorage’ in Maori, and that is exactly what it is. This laid-back, historic beach city is the perfect destination for any traveller. Drive from Whangamata to Tauranga in no time and park your rental motorhome just underneath the inactive volcano - Mount Maunganui.

Must do:

Climb Mount Maunganui at sunrise | Waimarino Adventure Park | White Island Volcano Tour - By heli or boat | Arataki Walking Trail | The Mount Hot Pools | Bowentown Beach - camp here

CampgroundMount Maunganui Beach Campground

Day Five

Tauranga to ŌpŌtiki

The last few days have been actioned-packed, so now’s the time to slow down. Discover the gateway to the East Cape. ŌpŌtiki is rich in Maori history and was one of the first areas to be settled by Maori. Spend your time wandering the beaches, forests and fishing on the rivers.

Must do:

Motu River Jet Boat | Motu Trails | Raukokore Church | Kayaking | Fishing

CampgroundOpotiki Holiday Park

Day Six & Seven

ŌpŌtiki to East Cape Lighthouse

The East Cape is also known as the Gisborne Region. This was the first land that Captain James Cook came across when he discovered New Zealand. And, if you are an early riser, this is the first place in the world that sees the sun. We can’t think of a more spectacular destination. Can you?

Must do:

Rere Rockslide | New Zealand’s longest pier at 660m - Tolaga Bay | Wine tasting in Gisborne - there are 2,000ha of vineyards | East Cape Lighthouse | Te Araroa - The oldest Pohutukawa

CampgroundTe Araroa Holiday Park