We pretty much just drove today with few stops, as there wasn't too much to see or do en route.
The first part of the drive was along highway 5 or the Thermal Explorer Highway (not that there was much thermal exploring to be done in these parts!!). It was a scenic drive though through valleys, over hills with mountains and later sea in the far distance. We briefly stopped at a waterfall lookout point.
At the end of the highway 5 we headed north up the coast on highway 2 or the Pacific Coast Highway and stopped at Lake Tutira lakeside for some lunch.
|Beautiful NZ countryside|
|Mountains peeking over the hills|
|Lovely rolling scene|
|Amazing river gorge|
After lunch we continued to Wairoa a small town, the first "town" we had seen all day to pick up some information. Not a lot was to be seen here so we continued to the Mahia Peninsular as we knew there was a campsite next to the beach.
Mahia Peninsular is stunning from what we have seen thus far but that's only really Mahia Beach where we walked and watched the sunset :)
|Sunsetting over Mahia Beach|
|Mahia Beach at sunset|
|Mahia Beach sunset|
|River onto beach at Mahia Beach at sunset|