We have been through Taumaranui so many times but this Easter we especially planned a road trip to do the highway. WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED. staying the night at Waitomo we good to the start at 09:00 and arrived into New Plymouth at 1730. the highway is 150 k s long and is a rural road with 12k unsealed. THe scenery is breathtaking and rivals the bush roads in the South Island. It is an easy drive. Take your time and do the side trips. The Damper falls are well worth the 30K round trip and anyone can walk the 1 k into the falls. go Down to the second viewing platform. Lunch and a pint at the WHANGA hotel is compulsory. SUCH an awesome weekend.
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