Discovering Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsula
There is so much more to Tairua than meets the eye! Tairua is a haven of natural beauty waiting to be explored. For maximum energy or gentle exploration, try any of these activities based in and around Tairua.
Climb Mount Paku
2.7km, 4min drive
Walk to the top of Mt Paku for a stunning 360° view of the surrounding land, sea and horizon, and read about the history of extinct volcanic pyramid along the way. Follow serviced walkways from The Esplanade to the summit or drive to the base of Paku summit for a gentler hike.
2.5km (4min drive)
Beautiful golden sand surf beach with strong waves. A popular New Zealand surfing spot only minutes from Tairua town centre.
Follow the nearby walkway along Tairua Harbour into Tairua Town Centre, and continue along Pepe Estuary. A gentle walk providing stunning mountain and estuary views.
Sailors Grave/Te Karo Bay
6.4km, 9min drive
A stunning beach 10 minutes drive north of Tairua. Visit historic grave site or hike through beautiful native bush from Sailors Grave to best-kept-secret, Otara Bay. Perfect for picnics.
16.6km, 16min drive
For a fresh water experience drive 15 minutes south of Tairua to Tairua River. Follow trails through the Broken Hills historic mining area or enjoy a refreshing swim in the waterholes.
23.4km, 22min drive
Take the ferry or drive to the neighbouring resort town of Pauanui for a day of picturesque walks or relaxation at Pauanui Beach.
Take a day excursion for an idyllic island experience of snorkelling, swimming, exploring and fishing.
Home to an eclectic mix of boutique retail outlets, galleries and speciality stores. Book a massage at Tairua’s popular day spa or enjoy a coffee from one of the several seaside cafes and restaurants.
Local Beach Activities
• Fish off the wharf just 2 minutes from the motel – Snapper, Trevally, Yellowtail Kingfish off the wharf in summer.
• Across the Tairua Bar are popular boat fishing spots: Shoe Island, Slipper Island and the Alderman Islands (local charter boats and trips available).
• Surf, swim or chill on Ocean Beach, or head to the Esplanade Beach for something more peaceful.
• Catch a ferry to the Pauanui for the Pauanui Beach (summer only).
• Jump off the Pepe Bridge - ONLY at high tide.
The Tairua town centre offers a wide range of shops for all your needs:
FourSquare: best for general grocery shopping.
Tairua Butchery: fresh poultry and meat daily.
Golddiggers: liquor store
All Things Organic: for you pick of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, plus other popular organic food brands.
The Little Gallery: with works by local artists
The Shop: a boutique gift shop
Restaurants & Bar: Flock Restaurant and Bar, Manaia, Out of the Blue Café, Punters Bar & Grill, The Pepe, The Old Mill Café.
Takeaways: Aaron's Kitchen, Surf n Sand, Taste Food2Go