The beautiful river gorge setting provides many opportunities for walking, swimming, canoeing, trout fishing, fossicking, rafting, bird watching, photography, picnicking & camping.
Tairua River - located
in the Puketui Valley, by the main Thames
road. This is an excellent picnic and
fresh water swimming spot.
Tairua Harbour - a dramatic
harbour mouth, with an entrance hazardous
to boats at times. Shore and cast fishing
is available from both Pauanui and Tairua
Walking Track - climbing steeply from
the south end of Pauanui Beach, this
offers a trek to the top of Pauanui
Mountain (400m/1200ft) for panoramic
Pauanui/Tairua Ferry - operating every hour in summer, this
is a pleasant ride from the Pauanui
Wharf to the Tairua Harbour.
Paku - this dramatic
volcanic peak dominates the harbour
and can be climbed from Paku Drive in
a steep 15 min walk to the summit.
Tairua Golf Course - found
in the centre of the town. The Tairua County Club offers Golf, Croquet & lawn Bowls.
Broken Hills - at the
top of the Puketui Valley Road, this
area has gold mining relics, fishing,
rock fossicking and a variety of day walks.
30 - 60 minutes drive away
Hot Water Beach - Some volcanoes develop huge underground reservoirs of superheated water. Over time, this water will escape to the surface — cooling on the way. The hot springs are only accessible at low tide, however more often than not two hours each side of low tide, will still provide you with an opportunity to dig your own spa. Spades & Beach Towels are available on request. Daily Low Tides
Cathedral Cove - Accessible only on foot or by boat, famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” sites on the Coromandel Peninsula. The track begins at the northern end of Hahei. Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve, Te Whanganui- A-Hei, covers 9 square kilometres and is New Zealand’s sixth marine reserve.