The 9 Best Things to Do in Tairua, New Zealand

December 10, 2017 Malia Yoakum

The town of Tairua is on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. It lies at the mouth of the Tairua River on its north bank and on the small Paku Peninsula. The population was 1,227 in the 2013 Census, a decrease of 42 from 2006. Tairua is a Māori name which translates literally as tai: tides, rua: two.
Restaurants in Tairua

1. Mount Paku

Tairua, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 201 reviews

Mount Paku

Reviewed By paullegate - Luton, United Kingdom

This was our second visit to the area, last year we did not get the chance to go to summit but this time round we were able to and we were glad we did because the views were spectacular from the top.
There are some amazing views to be had of Tairua and Pauanui & the surrounding area, it is worth spending some time to make the ascent to the summit.

2. Sailors Grave

Sailors Grave Road, Tairua, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Sailors Grave

Reviewed By dawniedee - Diss Norfolk

A beautiful and remote beach with a memorial to William , a sailor. A special place - the grave was well kept and the beach was truly stunning.

3. Tairua Information Centre

223 Main Rd, Tairua 3508, New Zealand +64 7-864 7575
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Tairua Information Centre

Tairua is at the gateway to the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. A perfect place to stop and find out all you need to know about Tairua and our surrounding areas. We can tell you everything you need to know about Tairua, Hahei, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water beach, tour options, eating places, local tramps / walkways, accommodation and all the other wonderful things we have to offer. At Tairua Information Centre we pride ourselves in excellent service. We go above and beyond to help with every inquiry. What we dont know, we do our very best to find out for our visitors. We have a lovely range of gifts and souvenirs, including NZ made products. - Intercity, Nakedbus and 'Go kiwi transport' agents. - New Zealand Courier agent.

Reviewed By Belinda M

Excellent place to buy gifts for family and friends! Picked up some fabulous souvenirs and Sam was super helpful with finding the right thing.

228 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand +64 7-864 7204
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

The Little Gallery

The Little Gallery, where discerning art enthusiasts can enjoy and purchase artworks by leading award winning Coromandel artists. This diverse intimate gallery prides itself on offering 'a little of the best'. This diverse, intimate gallery prides itself on offering 'a little of the best'. A passion for people, artists and the visual arts in all forms is realised through the Little Gallery which supports and promotes over 40 artists from the Coromandel, making the gallery a cultural rendevous for visitors as well as a place of pride within the village. The Little Gallery is managed as a co-operative, where working artists volunteer time to support and run the gallery. This is a great way to bring artists forward into the public arena so their work can be appreciated and admired. 'Artists in residence' is a new concept which 'showcases' selected artists from the Coromandel who currently exhibit and support the little GALLERY of fine ARTS.

Reviewed By DaveD1941 - Tairua, New Zealand

This is a small local galley in Tairua, which mostly carries work by local artists here on New Zealand's beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, and much of the art reflects this. You may even meet the artist as the gallery is manned by some of the artists...MoreThank you for the lovely review of our little gallery - I'm glad you enjoyed your time there and appreciate you recommending us.

5. Epic Adventures Fishing Charters

Tairua, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Epic Adventures Fishing Charters

Epic Adventures is a Fishing Charter business with boats across the Upper North Island of New Zealand. We have boats based out of Whitianga and Amodeo Bay in the beautiful Coromandel, Russell/ Paihia in the fishermans paradise of the Bay of Islands. Targeting Kingfish, Snapper, Hapuka and other, Epic Adventure is "NZ Fishing as it should be!" Experience a true NZ Epic Experience!

Reviewed By NahanniRafter - Oak Harbor, Washington

My husband told me this day out fishing met his expectations and more. For years he has dreamed on going on such a fishing trip. The boat, crew, and fellow passengers were all quality. Everyone experienced great action.

6. Heaven & Earth

227 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand +64 7-864 8875
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Heaven & Earth

Reviewed By Mark E - Auckland, New Zealand

Took our neighbours for a day trip to the Coromandel.
Popped in here as we usually do when going through Tairua.
Huge selection of minerals, stones, semi precious and precious gems.
World wide selection.
Raw, polished and mounted variety.
Fossils, petrified wood stumps, some stunningly beautiful items.
You can pick and make your own jewelry.
Kids can play in the rock pool.
Some prices are a bit up there but most are reasonable.
Well worth a look.
Nice cafe next door or over the road too.

7. Tairua Dive and Marine

14 The Marina, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Tairua Dive and Marine

Reviewed By Robin K - Auckland, New Zealand

I recently decided to upgrade my padi dive certification to Rescue Diver and choose to do my training with Tairua Dive and Marine. My first impression was that they were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and personable. I had some trouble at first getting the padi online course system to work at home but Alex in the shop was able to guide me step-by-step over the phone through the enrollment process. Then I drove down for a weekend to do my practical instruction with Mike Harris, the instructor. I really liked his instruction style. Every topic that he covered was clearly explained and professional but also was really entertaining. His jokes and personality made the course really fun and exciting. Finally, we went out for a dive to the Alderman Islands where we put into practice all the concepts we had gone over at the shop. The dive itself was great; there was good visibility and heaps of fish life. There was also a fair bit of chop that day (you can't control the weather I guess), but we were able to pull into a protected cove and do the rest of our training on the surface in between dives. On the whole, I'd say it was one of the best experiences I have had so far with a dive operator. I was really pleased at how the weekend went. It was very enjoyable and I'll definitely be coming back to Tairua Dive and Marine for more diving soon! Thanks for the great instruction and experiences!

8. Sea Escape Day Spa

228 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand +64 7-864 7455
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

At Sea Escape Day Spa we believe you deserve to feel your best. We invite you to take the time to nurture yourself and escape from your everyday stresses, here at our spa located in one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand; Tairua, Coromandel.Located in the heart of this idyllic village, we offer the best in spa and skin care. Our professionally trained therapists are on hand to cater to your every need.With a range of world class treatments Sea Escape Day Spa can give you that lasting sense of well-being.Come. Be Nurtured, Inspired and Restored.

Reviewed By Lesley S - Whangamata, null, New Zealand

Really enjoyed my day there. Started with massage with Lisa, lovely room and massage. Then went on to enjoy my hair being done. A great afternoon.

9. Carl Muir Fishing Guide

Tairua 3185, New Zealand
Carl Muir Fishing Guide

Enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime with fishing guide Carl Muir. Carl has been guiding high end fishing trips out of Tairua since 2005. His new boat PROVIDER is a luxury 7.7m Senator with enclosed cabin giving you maximum comfort on the way to the fishing grounds. State of the art FURUNO electronics & top of the line fishing gear help you land the big one. Enjoy a day or week in paradise.

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