Experience a memorable New Zealand vacation in Tairua, with sun-soaked days lazing on the beach, fishing at sea or kayaking on the still waters of the river. Climb Paku, the ancient volcanic cone that overlooks the town and take in one of the best views of coastal Coromandel. Take a boat out to the nearby Alderman Islands and enjoy diving in some of the country’s clearest waters. Visit the town in the evening to find a restaurant serving the catch of the day.

Life here revolves around the water. Start your day with a dip in the turquoise seas of Ocean Beach. Surfers will enjoy riding the powerful waves here. Head out into the open ocean with a charter boat and explore the Alderman Islands, located a short way offshore. Fish for big snapper and kingfish or put on your diving gear and explore the underwater world around the islands. Those who prefer calmer waters can enjoy kayaking or swimming in the river. There are also some beautiful and quiet picnic spots on the grass overlooking the water.

Don’t miss the chance to climb up Paku during your visit. This perfectly conical hill is also the site of an ancient Maori “pā” (fort). This vantage point, with its sweeping panoramas of the coast, was the ideal spot for the early Maori people to patrol for invaders.

Head into town for a coffee break or enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants. Try locally caught seafood and a range of other Coromandel specialties, such as artisanal cheese.

Tairua is a great place for a vacation year-round. The town is situated roughly halfway along the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, just south of Hot Water Beach. Many visitors combine a trip to Tairua with a visit to Pauanui, the town that lies on the other side of the estuary. Stay at the campsite or rent a “bach” (holiday home) and relax by the water.

Known for

Kayaking, Ports and Scuba Diving

Top hotels in Tairua

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Paku Lodge Resort
3 out of 5
10 The Esplanade, PO Box 63, Tairua
NZ$115/night
18 Sep. - 19 Sep.
4.5/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Tairua apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pauanui Beach, Tairua Beach, and Mount Paku. Hot Water Beach and Pauanui Tairua ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)

"Vehicle access close to shopping and food and drink operations Outside winter weather conditions were windy and cold however once inside our room heating facilities provided sufficient warmth to cover the outside forces of nature Colin and Lyn Gallagher"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2019

Paku Lodge Resort
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Blue Water Motel
3 out of 5
213 Main Road, Tairua
NZ$119/night
18 Sep. - 19 Sep.
4.4/5Wonderful! (56 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tairua Beach and Pauanui Beach. Mount Paku and Hot Water Beach are also within 16 mi (25 km).

4.4/5Wonderful! (56 reviews)

"Nice verandah that had high tables and stools to enjoy the fantastic views from the upstair rooms. Cold night not enough blankets. No electric blankets."…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2019

Blue Water Motel
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Tairua Shores
3.5 out of 5
156 Main Road, Coromandel Peninsula, Tairua
NZ$128/night
18 Sep. - 19 Sep.
4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

Situated in Tairua, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Pauanui Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tairua Beach and Mount Paku. Pauanui Tairua Trail is 11.2 mi (18.1 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

"We were in an attractive and quite spacious studio unit with a courtyard. The decor, including artwork, was pleasant. We had a couple of malfunctions with appliances but staff dealt with this immediately - and cheerfully. The unit is close to the estuary and a short, lovely walk into the townshio. ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2019

Tairua Shores

Popular activities in Tairua

Cathedral Cove
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Cathedral Cove

Enter the white sand beach through a natural rock archway, the perfect frame for your photos of the rocky islands and clear waters of this marine reserve.  

Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach

Dig your own pool in the warm sand and soak in the waters of a natural hot springs when you visit one of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches. 

Cooks Beach
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Cooks Beach

Thick forest leads down to this popular swimming beach in Mercury Bay, where explorer Captain Cook anchored in 1769.         

Hahei Beach
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Hahei Beach

Nestled between some of the Bay of Plenty’s most popular attractions, this tiny coastal hamlet is a great base for exploring the North Island.

Butterfly and Orchid Garden
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Butterfly and Orchid Garden

In this private garden, see butterflies flutter around the owner’s tropical greenhouse and land on your outstretched arms. 

Lonely Bay Beach
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Lonely Bay Beach

Plan for a day of peace and quiet at this secret spot reached by traversing a trail along a cliff face.