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Tairua is a small coastal town situated on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. It is a popular destination for summer holidays and a coffee stop for tourists on the Coromandel tourist circuit.

Get in[edit]

  • Drive, State Highway 25 passes through the town centre. The town is situated about 40km south of Whitianga and about 36km north of Whangamata.
  • Ferry, catch the short ferry ride from Pauanui across the Tairua Harbour.
  • Sail, Tairua is a safe harbour and a good place for stopover.


The surrounding areas are covered in native bush and pine forests, and native bird life is plentiful. Estuaries and rivers are great fun to navigate on kayak.


  • Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach Rd. Great for surfing and soaking up the sun.
  • Tairua Harbour, Manaia Rd. Children can swim safely in the warm water of the sheltered harbour beaches.
  • Paku, Tirinui Cres. Walk to the summit of this volcanic peak, which was once a Maori pa site, for an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean, Tairua Harbour and the Coromandel Ranges.
  • Tairua River, Tairua Rd. Excellent for kayaking and other water sports.
  • Coromandel Forest Park, Kopu Hikuai Rd. Loads of areas for swimming, walks and trailbike riding in the area.
  • Delphinus Divers, 47A Manaia Rd, +64 7 864 7675, +64 21 832 129 (mob). Daily. Scuba diving, snorkeling and sightseeing trips.



The harbour and ocean provide an abundance of fresh seafood such as flounder, pipis, cockles, crayfish, scallops and snapper.

  • Out of the Blue Cafe, 227 Main Road, +64 7 864 8987. Open 7 days from 8am.



Go next[edit]

  • Hahei and Hot Water Beach – near the Marine Reserve – at Hot Water Beach, two hot springs come up through the sand near low tide, and you can hire a spade and dig your own hot pool
  • Take the ferry to Pauanui, just across the harbour
  • Thames to the west
  • Whangamata to the south
  • Whitianga to the north
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