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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Waikato > Coromandel Peninsula > Tairua


This small seaside town on the east coast of the peninsula has a nice harbour and good surfing. Its most striking feature is the extinct volcanic cone of Mount Paku at the head of Tairua Harbour, the top of which gives great views of Tairua and the surrounding areas. It’s a short walk to the top, and according to Maori legend, if you climb Mount Paku, you will return to Tairua within seven years.

Tairua has a pretty decent selection of restaurants, cafés, and shops and there’s a supermarket as well. It’s a popular holiday resort for Kiwis, but there are things for the international traveller to do. Some use the town as a base for visiting Hot Water Beach, which is a 20-minute drive away. Diving is nearby at the Alderman Islands, and there’s good fishing around Tairua; both activities can be booked in town. Tairua is also a good spot to learn how to windsurf. Some nice hiking trails are also available in nearby Broken Hills Recreation Area.

Practical information

Tairua Information Centre

Main Road, Tairua
Tel (07) 864 7575
Open 8.30am-3.30pm daily

Coming & going

InterCity Coachlines (tel (09) 623 1503) and Nakedbus.com (tel 0900 62533) buses go to Auckland and Go Kiwi Shuttles (tel 0800 446 549) have a services to Auckland and Tauranga/Mount Maunganui. Eastbound coaches stop at the Tairua Information Centre and westbound coaches stop at the Landing Bar & Café.

Hostel accommodation

Beach Villa Backpackers

200 Main Road, Tairua
Tel (07) 864 8345

The Pinnacles Backpackers

305 Main Road, Tairua
Tel (07) 864 8448

Tairua Beach House

342A Main Road, Tairua
Tel (07) 864 8313

No booking fee when you book this hostel online at bug.co.uk


There are several good hiking trails, including the Collins Creek Drive and Gem of Boom Creek walks, in the Broken Hills Recreation Area. You will need a car to get to these tracks.

Collins Creek Drive (3hrs) is a unique walk that passes through a 500-metre tunnel complete with glow-worms. It’s dark in the tunnel so you will need to bring along a torch.

The Gem of Boom Creek Loop Walk (30mins) is a shorter walk that goes through the bush to an old mining settlement.

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