This entire section is on the Motueka Valley Highway following the Motueka River.
This highway has more traffic than other sections, especially in the summer. Please take care and keep left at all times.
After about 9km, Stanley Brook Hill requires a good bit of effort to ascend and then provides some great momentum for the roll down into Tapawera village. You can get a meal, purchase supplies from the small supermarket and brush up on some local history at the Railway or War History Museums.
Another 8km of gently ascending road brings you to Kohatu and the Flat Rock café.