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Tairua is a coastal town on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. It is a popular destination for summer holidays.

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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.

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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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  • Blue Water Motel, 213 Main Rd, 64 7 864 8537, fax 64 7 864 8537, [1]. $85-$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, [2]. $145-$160 per night depending on season.
  • Pacific Harbour Lodge, 64 7 864 8581, fax 64 7 864 8858, [3]. $100-$180 per night depending on season and number of occupants.
  • Saltwater Lodge, 4 Tui Terrace, 64 7 864 9592, fax 64 9 278 9322, mobile 021 959 911, [4].

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