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Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve

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This reserve is part way through the Waioeka gorge a lovely spot to stop and have a picnic, no... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2018
lanaohiwa
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Opotiki, New Zealand
A challenging drive through Waioeka Gorge

We drove through Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve on our way from East Cape to Bay of Plenty but our... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2018
paullegate
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

This reserve is part way through the Waioeka gorge a lovely spot to stop and have a picnic, no shops very peaceful with native untouched bush clad hills.

Thank lanaohiwa
Reviewed 19 February 2018

We drove through Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve on our way from East Cape to Bay of Plenty but our drive through the Gorge coincided with the weather turning for the worst. It turned into quite a challenge with the roads flooding with parts being very...More

Thank paullegate
Reviewed 11 February 2018

Have been through here a couple of times over the last 12 months and thoroughly enjoyed it each time, warning to watch out for wasps at the Tauranga Bridge picnic spot.

Thank PeterW6963
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Although from the outside some places do look a bit run down but hidden away is a beautiful clear clean river and even an historic Tauranga bridge! Plenty of Places to stop for a picnic or even a swim - with no cell service if...More

Thank christiec2016
Reviewed 15 January 2017

A few good places to stop on the beautiful, twisty road through the gorge. Thanks, DoC, for the very informative signage about the history of the area.

Thank MargrietTheron
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful drive lots of lovely places to stop and take in scenery Enjoyed this road would travel again

Thank Shazzgrant
Reviewed 13 December 2016

While the gorge drive is stunning in itself and takes you through cute, small towns such as Matawai the stop at 'Tauranga Bridge' is well worth it. A little walk off of the parking will get you through some native bush to the 'Tauranga Bridge'....More

Thank Jolanda B
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Beautiful place to free camp. Heading south exit Waioeka Rd., cross the bridge, continue for .75 miles then turn right down the dirt road to a remote gravel beach. Never saw any fish in the river but got plenty of bites. Sandflies. Use repellant. Great...More

Thank James J
Reviewed 18 May 2016

En-route from Gisborne to Opotiki, there aren't too many choices for a coffee to break the journey....or so we thought!! About 1/2 through the gorge we came across a fluttering red flag at this lovely scenic stop. The coffee was excellent and the snacks looked...More

Thank ruthzmail
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Really nice drive. Nice places to stop for picnics and walks down to the stream/river. I recommend you stop at the historic bridge for a look.

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