I'm traveling with my 70 year old parents and will have a day and a half to get from Opotiki/Hicks Bay to the airport. Is it insane to try and drive up to at least Hahei? Was thinking of on day one driving to Whangamata and then on the 1/2 day driving up to Hahei and down to the airport. Are the views spectacular or do you really need to get out and walk?
Is Lonely Cove a short walk? How do I get there? I really want to go to Cathedral Cove but don't think I have time for a two hour hike.
My other thought, if views require significant walking is to just stay in the East Cape area a bit longer.