Day 4 started out much the same as the previous 3 days – with rain. We left the Bay of Plenty area around Tauranga and made our way south towards Lake Taupo. We had heard great things about the lake, and were hoping the clouds would blow away by the time we made it there. Unfortunately they did not.
After Lake Taupo we made the drive to Napier, which was a very pleasant, scenic drive with the weather getting better and better as we made our way south. In Napier we did the Bluff Hill walk for some excellent views of the bay.
After a quick picnic for lunch, we hopped back in the rental car and continued on way south towards Carterton, which is where our next AirBnb was.
We left Tauranga around 9:15am and we arrived at our Carterton AirBnB at 7pm. It was a full day of driving around the North Island. We did manage to get some good weather along the way, and as we pulled into Carterton, we were greeted with the first real rays of summer.
It was a long day of driving and we were both pretty tired, but we ventured into Masterton a few KMs away and had a lovely dinner at The Lone Star restaurant.
We wanted to make sure we had a good meal and a good sleep because we were planning on getting up early for Day 5 and catching the sunrise on the east coast.
Stay tuned for those pictures!
You can see the rest of our trip here: