We'd have to revise the opinion of the Eastland Pacific motel; make sue you get a room away from the main road. Large trucks come grinding around the corner of State Highway 2 starting at a very early hour! With the the windows open, necessary in the summer, you're guaranteed an early start, not always a bad thing.

Fortunately we had an uneventful trip home, but once past Whakatane the road is mostly straight, busy and uninteresting. The Karangahake Gorge between Waihi and Paeroa is a highlight but soon over. We had some showers around Tauranga but there was not much wet road.

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Karangahake Gorge