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Tongaporutu

Travel Guide
Tongaporutu which includes a beach, rugged coastline and a bay or harbour

Embrace the change of pace offered by this settlement at the mouth of the Tongaporutu River, famous for rock formations, secluded beaches and peaceful atmosphere.

Visit Tongaporutu to fish, kayak, bushwalk and enjoy the serenity of this remote region of Taranaki. The small settlement is near dense forested areas, attractive pastures and seemingly endless beaches. Stop and admire its two celebrated rock formations or drive to nearby Taranaki cities and towns for shopping, dining and nightlife.

Three Sisters and Elephant Rock are famous rock formations in Tongaporutu. See the two remaining formations of the Three Sisters. Walk along the beach at low tide to get close to the formations or capture photos from higher ground as the waves crash into the rocks. One of the three sisters has succumb to millennia of erosion.

Three Sisters and Elephant Rock are also near fascinating Māori petroglyphs (rock carvings), located inside a cave just south of the Tongaporutu River mouth. Pick up information from the visitor centre in New Plymouth to learn more about the significance of the carvings, including one of a foot with six toes.

Spend time boating on Tongaporutu River or venture to many wonderful natural areas in Taranaki. Mount Messenger is a spectacular mountain just 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the centre of Tongaporutu. The forested mountain features a steep tramping track to the summit, recommended for experienced hikers.

The Mount Messenger to Kiwi Road Track is another great long-distance walking trail with exceptional views of the surrounding forested areas. The advanced hiking track runs through dense shrub forests with patches of beech trees. Check the New Zealand Department of Conversation official website for detailed maps, seasonal restrictions and hiking advice.

Tongaporutu is perfect for visitors looking for a more secluded and peaceful coastal atmosphere. Drive from Auckland to the settlement in less than 4 hours or from New Plymouth in approximately 1 hour. Stay in small guesthouses and holiday homes in Tongaporutu or the surrounding settlements of Awakino and Mokau.

Masonic Hotel
Masonic Hotel
3 out of 5
9 McLean Street, Waitara
The price is NZ$105 per night from 13 Aug. to 13 Aug.
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sentry Hill Winery, Fitzroy Golf Club and East End Reserve. Yandle Park and Te Rewa Rewa Bridge ...
4.3/5Excellent! (53 reviews)
"Loved the shower friendly manager very quite location Room Good size Large bed just a smidge on the firm side For me but partner said all good for him"

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Masonic Hotel
Hutiwai Hideaway Cottage
Hutiwai Hideaway Cottage
346 Hutiwai Rd, Tongaporutu, Taranaki
The price is NZ$162 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Situated in Tongaporutu, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of The Three Sisters and Tongapurtu Sea Cave. Mike's Brewery and Yandle Park are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Authentic trip back a few decades
"Great nostalgic house and furnishings that provide enough comfort without sanitizing the rural edge and location."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2021

Hutiwai Hideaway Cottage
Stunning Country Views set on Seventy Acres of Tranquil Country Paradise
Stunning Country Views set on Seventy Acres of Tranquil Country Paradise
1358 Mokau Rd, 1358, Uruti, Taranaki
This family-friendly Uruti agritourism property is located on the riverfront, 5.4 mi (8.8 km) from Mike's Brewery, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pukearuhe Beach ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Excellent farm stay, great location! Perfect for families
"We had a great stay at this homely, warm farm house. Great location, only 20 mins from New Plymouth, where there is so much to see and do, and a lot of activities for free! It was perfect to do day trips from then return to a fireplace at night. The house was clean and had everything we needed. The ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

Stunning Country Views set on Seventy Acres of Tranquil Country Paradise
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.
Hutiwai Hideaway Cottage
Hutiwai Hideaway Cottage
346 Hutiwai Rd, Tongaporutu, Taranaki
The price is NZ$162 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Situated in Tongaporutu, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of The Three Sisters and Tongapurtu Sea Cave. Mike's Brewery and Yandle Park are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Authentic trip back a few decades
"Great nostalgic house and furnishings that provide enough comfort without sanitizing the rural edge and location."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2021

Hutiwai Hideaway Cottage
Mokino: Sensational Views - in all Directions !!!
Mokino: Sensational Views - in all Directions !!!
11 Ye Old Mill Road, Awakino, Waikato
The price is NZ$257 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Located on the beach, this family-friendly holiday home is 12.1 mi (19.4 km) from The Three Sisters and 12.1 mi (19.5 km) from Tongapurtu Sea Cave. Mike's Brewery ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Stunning sunsets.
"Lovely slice of Kiwiana. The view are absolutely stunning and we had 2 stunning days. Plenty of room for 8 of us and warm and cosy despite some very cold nights. Had a great meal at the pub and lovely walks on the beach. Beautiful:-)"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Mokino: Sensational Views - in all Directions !!!
Mokau Tide Time Glamping
Mokau Tide Time Glamping
5139 Mokau Rd, Mokau, Waikato
Located on the riverfront, this family-friendly campsite is 9 mi (14.5 km) from The Three Sisters and 9 mi (14.6 km) from Tongapurtu Sea Cave. Yandle Park and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Cute, Cosy Caravan
"Gary and Deb's caravan is in a great location overlooking the Mokau river and coast as shown in their photos, with access directly in front of the property. I really liked the caravan - it's very cute and cosy and I'd love to come back with my grandchildren. Everything was exactly as described with ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Mokau Tide Time Glamping
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.