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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.
  • Fishing.
    • Tairua Dive & Fishinn, The Esplanade, Paku Boat Ramp, 64 7 864-8054, [1]. Charter, rental, service of boats along with all kinds of fishing equipment.
    • Delphinus Divers, 47A Manaia Road, 64 7 864 7675, [2].
  • Diving.
    • Tairua Dive & Fishinn, The Esplanade, Paku Boat Ramp, 64 7 864-8054, [3]. Equipment service, sale and rental available as well as dive courses.
    • Delphinus Divers, 47A Manaia Road, 64 7 864 7675, [4].
  • Kayaking.
    • Tairua Dive & Fishinn, The Esplanade, Paku Boat Ramp, 64 7 864-8054, [5]. Offerring guided trips for up to 2 hours. Trips require a minimum of 4 people. NZ$20 for 1 hour, NZ$40 for 2 hours, per person. Kayak sales and rental also available.

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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.

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  • Amaroo Motel, 156 Main Road, 64 7 864 8520, 0800 426 276, [6]. Best Western run with 6 non-smoking rooms. From NZ$85.
  • Blue Water Motel, 213 Main Rd, 64 7 864 8537, fax 64 7 864 8537, [7]. NZ$85-NZ$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, [8]. NZ$145-NZ$160 per night depending on season.
  • Heron Heights, 47 Main Road, 64 7 864 7604, mobile 027 660 9746, [9]. NZ$100-NZ$165 per night depending on season and number of occupants.
  • Pacific Harbour Lodge, 64 7 864 8581, fax 64 7 864 8858, [10]. NZ$100-NZ$180 per night depending on season and number of occupants.
  • On the Edge Bed and Breakfast, 219 Paku Drive, 64 7 8648285, fax 64 7 8648232, [11]. NZ$100-NZ$140 per night.
  • Killyrudden Bed and Breakfast, 16 Mothuhoa Rd, 64 7 864 9061, fax 64 7 864 9062, mobile 64 0274 967 647, [12]. Each room has a deck also laundry service and a pre-dinner drink are included. NZ$130-NZ$180.
  • Saltwater Lodge, 4 Tui Terrace, 64 7 864 9592, fax 64 9 278 9322, mobile 021 959 911, [13].
  • The Flying Dutchman, 88 Main Road North, 64 7 864-8448. A hostel.

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