Welcome to the Tairua Information Centre Website
Tairua is a beach holiday resort on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, close to Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, near Pauanui and Sailor's Grave. Accommodation,surfing, swimming, kayaking, bush walks, hiking, kite surfing and great fishing are all right here.
The twin peaks of Paku guard the harbour entrance and provide a 360 degree panorama from the Aldermen Islands round to the Pinnacles in the Coromandel Forest Park from the lookout.
Beneath the twin peaks of Paku is a surf beach offering some of the best waves in New Zealand and a protected beach on the harbour side. Tairua is a favourite Kiwi holiday/vacation destination offering other natural attractions close by. It is the gateway to the east coast of NZ and the closest of all east coast towns to the Auckland International Airport a leisurely two hour drive away or about four by bus. All types of quality accommodation including hotels, motels, B&B, homestays and studio apartments. Our backpackers, camping spots, baches and holiday homes cater to all travellers and budgets.
Hire a kayak, take a fishing charter, dive on reefs, wrecks and off-shore islands or surfcast off the beach. Escape from it all to Slipper Island, one of New Zealand's few privately owned islands, only a short boat trip out from Tairua harbour. The island offers a lodge, chalets and good camping facilities.
Tairua is only minutes away from bush and kauri grove walks, old mines and caves to explore and fresh water swimming holes. Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Hahei, and Sailors Grave are all short drives away and Pauanui is only a short ferry ride across the harbour.
You can also explore historical Tairua by walking the History Trail.
Download the trail map here.
Tairua offers everything you need to ensure you enjoy a safe and comfortable stay:
- Restaurants and cafes
- Day Spa and beauty salon
- Art galleries and Gift shops
- Video store and library
- Supermarkets, butcher, bakery
- Petrol Station and service garage
- Medical Centre and chemist
- Information Centre
Orcas were seen recently frolicking in the harbour. Thanks to Ruth from the Tairua Ferry for sending us this photo. The ferry is running a regular service again over summer and and runs on the hour from Tairua Wharf to Tairua Landing and Pauanui returning to Tairua Wharf. For more information, please ring Rob on 027 497 0316.
This is the website of the Tairua Information Centre. We are a not for profit organisation committed to providing information, visitor services, and advice to the public. For more information about us, please go to the contacts page.
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Check out this great video from Mark @ Human Rhythms
Tairua Ferry summer timetable here.