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Oceania > New Zealand > North Island > Waikato > Coromandel Peninsula > Tairua


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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]

By road[edit]

  • State Highway 25 passes through the town centre. The town is situated about 40km south of Whitianga and about 36km north of Whangamata.

By bus[edit]

Intercity have buses Sun - Fri from Thames and Whitianga.

By ferry[edit]

  • Catch the short ferry ride from Pauanui across the Tairua Harbour.


  • Tairua is a safe harbour and a good place for stopover.

Get around[edit]

Map of Tairua


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.
  • 1 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.


  • 1 The Little Gallery, 228 Main Rd. Commercial art gallery exhibiting paintings, pottery and jewellery by local artists.
  • 2 Four Square, 234 Main Rd. daily 7:00 - 18:00. Small supermarket


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

  • 1 Out of the Blue Cafe, 227 Main Road, +64 7 864 8987. Daily opening at 8AM. A small cafe.



  • 1 Blue Water Motel, 213 Main Rd, +64 7 864 8537, fax: +64 7 864 8537. $85–175 per night based on double occupancy - extra fee for extra occupants.
  • Colonial Homestay, 202 Paku Drive, +64 7 864 7743, fax: +64 7 864 7743. $145–160 per night depending on season.
  • 2 Pacific Harbour Lodge, 223 Main Rd, +64 7 864 8581, fax: +64 7 864 8858. $100–180 per night depending on season and number of occupants.
  • Saltwater Lodge, 4 Tui Terrace, +64 7 864 9592, fax +64 9 278 9322, mobile +64 21 959 911.
  • 3 Tairua Shores Motel, 156 Main Rd, +64 7 864 8520, toll-free: 0800 426 276. $95–195.

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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