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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]

  • 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.

See[edit]

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.

Do[edit]

  • 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.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

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.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

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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