Activities and Attractions
There's so much to do here! It is so easy to get close to the real Coromandel – its subtropical native rain forests, kauri groves, stunning coastline, amazing wildlife, sparkling rivers and fascinating history, by foot or bike, on a boat or train, or in the air. Join the locals for a round of golf, get a taste of local food, wine, beer, honey or pick up something to take home with you from a local craft shop. Get out to sea to fish, sail, dive, kayak, paddle board – or swim. Or take to the skies for a wonderful bird's-eye view of the Coromandel from our local airfield.
Above all, let us help you get close to the Coromandel, with tips on where to go, what to do and how to do it. You could take our kayaks out on the Tairua Harbour, come with us for a bird-spotting walk at low tide or a trip to the nearby gold-mining village remains.BOOK ONLINE
Wildlife and Nature
Bird watchers will love it here, with so many shore and forest birds to see and hear. Tairua Harbour teems with birdlife at low tide – herons, godwits, stilts, oystercatchers and kingfishers in abundance, while, on the ocean beach, rare dotterels build their nests and gannets dive for fish. The local bush is full of the sound of tui and morepork. You may also see dolphins from the beaches and the occasional orca. Enjoy too the unique bush mix of native ferns, palms and trees, local farms and beautiful gardens.
On the Water
There are many options to get you out onto or under the water. Whitianga and Hahei are great starting points for scenic boat trips along the coast and to the Marine Reserve, with glass-bottom and snorkelling too as part of the trips. Diving and snorkelling excursions also run from here. Sea kayaking and sailing are very popular. Paddle boarding is growing rapidly too – try the new 'SUP' trip across to Donut Island.
Walks, Trails and Cycling
Many great walks start in or near Tairua, from short walks including the local history trail, or to the top of Mt Paku, to full day treks into the Pinnacles. The local mountain forest has some great walks, many around the Broken Hills, minefields. Up and down the coast are walks that will take you into the bush between ocean beaches. On and off-road cycle trails are becoming increasingly popular.
Food and Drink
The Coromandel produces some great food and drink, the landscape is dotted with small farms and orchards – and there are lots of ways to sample it! Roadside stalls with 'honesty boxes' are a great way to find seasonal fruit and vegetables and free-range eggs. There are regular local produce markets, with breads, cakes, local cheeses, meat, nuts, olives and juices. The Coromandel produces nearly a quarter of New Zealand's mussels and oysters. And there are vineyards and local breweries nearby as well as some fabulous cafés and restaurants, cheese farms and more. www.thecheesbarn.co.nz
Fishing and Diving
Tairua's position in the centre of the Coromandel east coast puts it next to some of the best sea fishing and diving spots in New Zealand. Sports anglers will find world-class kingfish and snapper all year round, as well as game fishing for marlin, tuna and swordfish in season. Local charter boats are available all year round too. Or see what you can catch with your rod from a local beach, pier or river.
As well as three great courses in Tairua and Pauanui, there are several others within an hour's drive, offering a range of settings, locations and challenges, right up to championship courses designed by Bob Charles. We are keen golfers too, and would be delighted to help you plan your golf trips, and will try to join you for a round!