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SH38 Lake Waikaremoana (Rotorua-Wairoa) very isolated, partly gravel road, through beautiful native bush and the Urewera National Park, passing remote Maori settlements (no they aren't wearing grass skirts). Fabulous tramps around the the lake. - A lot of rental cars are not allowed on this road, so check when booking. If you do go on there, you won't be insured!
"The Gentle Annie"- (Taihape-Napier) partly gravel road starting on inland high country plateau down to the coast, crossing 3 river basins with towering cliffs & fertile sheep stations, crossing the Ruahine Ranges. For anybody else reading this, if you are travelling down SH1 from Taupo, 5mins off the road to the left, just past the "Cookie Time" plane at Mangaweka is one of the 1st river basins with fabulous views and the famous trout river the Rangitikei. There are picnic areas down near the river.
Mahia Peninsula, great surf, rugged coast line, huge low-tide rock platforms(Nth Hawkes Bay) Raglan & Kawhia(Waikato coast, wild west coast, beautiful harbours) Piha & Muriwai (West Auckland) pass through sub-tropical rainforest, Waitakere, ocean views and good surf beaches again.
The Mighty Mohaka- access from SH5 (Napier-Taupo) or from SH2 (Napier-Wairoa) The mouth of this river is off SH2 and is quite a dramatic sight after heavy rain with lots of pumice rocks and logs. The Whanganui, very long river starting in the Tongariro National Park and flowing through to the town of Wanganui in the Manawatu. Remote areas, fabulous scenery, isolated. The Tarawera River (Bay of Plenty), this river flows from Lake Tarawera(Rotorua) out to Matata. The unusal feature of this river is that someway along after leaving the lake it disappears in a huge whirlpool into the rocks and re-emerges as a water fall out of a cliff face 1/2km further along. There are walking tracks along the length of the river but vehicle access to the walk is only in from Edgecumbe, boat access is across Lake Tarawera.
Dargaville, Helensville (both near the Kaipara Harbour another OtBT area) Whakatane, Taihape(not quite OtBT), Patea, Waipukurau, Eketahuna and dozens of others, all quintessential Kiwi towns. As previously mentioned above both the East Coast road SH35 and the Wairarapa coast line are fantastic isolated areas as well.
Well there you are, that's just a few favourite OtBT places and those are only in the Nth Island. There are many, many more here and just as many again in the South Island.