Wake to the Waves ... at Waikawa Bed & Breakfast and Snapper Bach - idyllic waterfront accommodation on the East Cape - between Hicks Bay and Opotiki, scenic coastal State Highway 35, Te Kaha.
Waikawa is central to a stretch of coast regarded by many as the most scenic section of the popular Pacific Coast Highway. It runs from the spectacular Maraenui Hill, just before the Motu River bridge for about 80 kms along the fertile coastal strip to the sandy sweep of Whangaparaoa, landing place of the Tainui and Arawa canoes, near Cape Runaway. A cavalcade of coastal beauty unfolds as bay follows bay, ranging through crescents of white sand to pebbled beaches and rocky foreshore.Magnificent old pohutukawa trees thrive on this coast, offering a regular border and gnarled frames for postcard views of the Pacific. White Island, the active volcano in the Bay of Plenty, is only 50 kms away and dominates the horizon, often with a spectacular plume of steam issuing from the crater. From Waikawa the view of the eastern side of White Island is a unique perspective, looking up the valley created by a collapsed section of the crater wall.
Waikawa is an easy hour's drive from Opotiki but first time travellers should probably allow a few minutes more. Few can resist pulling over and stopping somewhere along the way to better take in some of the most beautiful views offered anywhere on the New Zealand coastline.