Directions From
Gisborne

Directions are pretty simple. From Gisborne city centre drive out on State Highway 35 (also referred to as The Pacific Highway) towards Wainui, Tolaga Bay and Te Araroa and stay on the road until you get to Whanarua Bay.

Depending on how often you stop it may take you more than 3 hours to get to the Waihau Bay turnoff.  You may like to look at the Bay but if not, then stay on the main road, driving up the hill.  About 30 minutes later you should arrive at Whanarua Bay.

If you’re interested in exploring along the way then please check out my page “State Highway 35 Activities”.

When you get to Whanarua Bay – a tiny little place that’s easy to miss.  You need to look out for a small unmarked side road on your left.

If you’ve passed Pacific Macadamia Nuts on your left then you’ve missed the turn off and should back up.  Just before Pacific Nuts (about 100 metres) there is a small road with a lot of letterboxes on its corner. Mine is the blue and yellow one marked BAKER and 8480.  You will also note a sign for Aruhe on this corner.

Turn into this short road and drive to the top, turn left and almost immediately on your right you will see my address, 8480G.  Drive straight up this driveway and continue on the concrete strip.  The round house at the top is where I live and you’re in the right place.  Drive up to the house and around the back where you can safely park.  My wee dog, Kuskus will announce your arrival and I will be there to greet you.

Alternate Route Option

Directions From
Whakatane or Opotiki

From Whakatane follow signs to Ohope and Opotiki.  Drive through Ohope, staying on the main road, with the Pacific Ocean on your left.  This road is sometimes referred to as the The Pacific Highway.  It will take about 30 mins to drive from Whakatane to Opotiki.

Please check out my page “SH 35 Activities” if you’d like some ideas about what might interest you on your way to Whanarua Bay.

As you cross the Waioeka River and enter Opotiki you will see the New World supermarket on your left.  Continue along this road until you see signage directing you to turn left in the direction of Te Kaha and State Highway 35.  Drive down John Street to the roundabout where you will turn right and head off to Whanarua Bay which is about 25 minutes drive past Te Kaha on SH 35.  There is no need to deviate from the road unless you are exploring.

When you get to Whanarua Bay, a tiny little place that’s easy to miss, you need to look out for a small unmarked side road on your right. 

If you’ve passed the Spark telephone booth on your right then you’ve missed the turn off.  About 100 metres past Pacific Nuts there is a small road with a lot of letterboxes on its corner.  Mine is the blue and yellow one marked BAKER and 8480 .  There is also a sign on the corner pointing you up the rise.

 Turn into this short road and drive to the top, turn left and almost immediately on your right you will see my address, 8480G.  Drive straight up this driveway and continue on the concrete strip.  The round house at the top is where I live and you’re in the right place.  Drive up to the house and around the back where you can safely park.  My wee dog, Kuskus will announce your arrival and I will be there to greet you.

"The house is wonderful! Very tastefully decorated, modern and clean. We loved all aspects of our stay, the area and especially Aruhe - we actually could have stayed much longer than the 5 nights we had booked! We will certainly recommend Kim as a host and Aruhe as an outstanding holiday destination!! "

Betth