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KatikatiNew Zealand

Admire the art of “Mural Town,” find birds and sculptures in the wetlands, walk the Haiku Pathway or follow the Katikati Cuisine Trail for gastronomic treats. 

As its nickname suggests, Katikati is famous for its large number of murals, which are scattered around town to depict its history and its people. Explore this artistic little town at the northern end of the Tauranga Harbour and enjoy the surrounding orchards and farmlands.

Katikati is just half an hour by car from the town of Mount Maunganui, which is connected by bridge to the city of Tauranga. Begin your visit by following the Katikati Murals Walk published on the town’s website or take one of the weekend tours that are offered in summer. Learn stories of the early days of farming, education, transport and trade. Along the way you’ll also find several inspiring sculptures, so exploring the town feels like being in an open-air gallery.

Stroll along the Haiku Pathway, set in a tranquil environment along the Uretara Stream. Find over 40 river boulders engraved with Japanese-style verses that all consist of 3 lines with a set amount of syllables each. Most poems reflect the beautiful surroundings.

Fire up your tastebuds with a trip along the Katikati Cuisine Trail. Along with a wide range of fresh farm produce, you will also find a tempting array of wines, cheeses, preserves and seafood. Take your purchases to an idyllic spot for a picnic or order a tasty meal in a café.

Delve into the nature of the region with a walk or a bike ride along one of the many trails around the Katikati peninsula. A local favorite is the Katikati Bird Walk with its birdlife sculptures along the way. Keep watch for the wide variety of birds that live in this estuary.

Sooth your muscles with a dip in the thermal pools at the Sapphire Springs Holiday Park. Choose from one of the communal pools, fed with flowing warm water from the hot springs, or upgrade to a private spa in a natural bush setting.

Finish off with tracking down “Barry,” if you hadn’t already found him in town. Being one of the iconic sculptures around Katikati, he is a gentleman enjoying his newspaper on a bench. Take a seat to pose for a fun photo with Barry, or follow his lead and just sit and enjoy the atmosphere of charming Mural Town.

Top hotels in Katikati

ASURE Kaimai View Motel
ASURE Kaimai View Motel
2.5 out of 5
84 Main Road, Katikati, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$140 per night from 22 Oct. to 23 Oct.

Situated in Katikati, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Hiaku Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mills Reef Winery and Leveret Estate Winery. Athenree Hot Springs ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (51 reviews)

"Clean and spacious rooms with friendly staff. I stay here all the time when I'm travelling on business. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020

ASURE Kaimai View Motel
Tui Ridge Eco Cabins
Tui Ridge Eco Cabins
2 out of 5
176 Work Road RD4, Katikati
The price is NZ$112 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Mills Reef Winery, Leveret Estate Winery and Hiaku Park. Omokoroa Beach and Te Puna Quarry ...

Tui Ridge Eco Cabins
Purple Hen Country Lodge
Purple Hen Country Lodge
2 out of 5
227 Wharawhara Road RD2, Katikati
The price is NZ$60 per night from 22 Oct. to 23 Oct.

Situated in the mountains, this hostel is 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Haiku Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Leveret Estate Winery and Athenree Hot Springs. Omokoroa ...

Purple Hen Country Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Katikati

Tui Ridge Eco Cabins
Tui Ridge Eco Cabins
2 out of 5
176 Work Road RD4, Katikati
The price is NZ$112 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Mills Reef Winery, Leveret Estate Winery and Hiaku Park. Omokoroa Beach and Te Puna Quarry ...

Tui Ridge Eco Cabins
Kaimai Range Country Getaway
Kaimai Range Country Getaway
390 Wharawhara Road, Katikati, Bay of Plenty Region

Situated in Katikati, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Haiku Park, Mills Reef Winery and Leveret Estate Winery. Athenree Hot Springs and Omokoroa ...

5/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Amazing location!

"We had the most amazing stay, one of the most relaxing mini holidays ever! The cottage did not disappoint, what we found matched the photo's online exactly. They are not joking when the say "Magical Panoramic Views". Would love to return one day and maybe stay longer! Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2020

Kaimai Range Country Getaway
Villa Casa Maria Luxury Tuscan Farmhouse
Villa Casa Maria Luxury Tuscan Farmhouse
347 Busby Rd, Katikati, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is NZ$846 per night from 22 Oct. to 23 Oct.

This family-friendly Katikati holiday home is located in a rural location, 3.1 mi (5 km) from Hiaku Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mills Reef Winery and Leveret ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
excellent

"Well maintained lovely property ,"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2020

Villa Casa Maria Luxury Tuscan Farmhouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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