TairuaNew Zealand

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Surf and swim in the ocean, kayak in the river or enjoy sweeping views from the top of an ancient volcano in this popular Coromandel resort. 

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.

Top hotels in Tairua

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Paku Lodge Resort
Paku Lodge Resort
3 out of 5
10 The Esplanade, PO Box 63, Tairua
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (101 reviews)

"Enjoyable stay, beautiful views, comfy beds, nice staff"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020

Paku Lodge Resort
Blue Water Motel
Blue Water Motel
3 out of 5
213 Main Road, Tairua
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Situated near the beach, this motel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Tairua Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Mount Paku. Hot Water Beach and Pauanui Beach are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (67 reviews)

"Barry, the host/owner was very friendly and very knowledgable about the area."…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

Blue Water Motel
Tairua Shores
Tairua Shores
3.5 out of 5
156 Main Road, Coromandel Peninsula, Tairua
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated in the entertainment district, this motel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Tairua Beach and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mount Paku. Pauanui Tairua Trail is 11.2 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (56 reviews)

"Found the staff very helpful when our plans changed and I found it difficult to contact lastminute. Thank you Steven for your help."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2019

Tairua Shores

Popular activities in Tairua

Cathedral Cove
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Cathedral Cove

4.5/5(150 reviews)

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

4.5/5(171 reviews)

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

4.5/5(77 reviews)

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

Reviews of Tairua


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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 9, 2020

Nice beaches.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 8, 2019

The restaurant Manaia was great. Staff were very friendly and service was excellent. Food was delicious

5/5 - Excellent


Aug 19, 2019

100 year birthday celebration of local person living in Village

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jul 21, 2019

A great spot to visit and fantastic views from Paku Summit. Winter a lot of restaurants are not open every night so something to be mindful of. Summer it’s pumping.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 23, 2019

I had never stayed there before. This was a brief trip and I'm determined to return for a longer holiday. The estuary and ocean beach are beautiful, there are plenty of dining options and it's a reasonably short drive to other attractions.

3/5 - Okay


Nov 4, 2018

Very quiet town, not many restaurants or eating options. Great food at Hot Water Beach cafe. Healthy food at reasonable price and lovely setting.