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Urenui

Travel Guide
Urenui featuring general coastal views, a pebble beach and rocky coastline

Located in a quiet corner of Taranaki, this small settlement has a strong Māori connection, great fishing beaches, a scenic marine reserve and fertile farmlands.

Tucked in between the hills and the coast, Urenui in northern Taranaki has its own microclimate as well as a unique social climate, with friendly locals who love a bit of fun.

The Urenui River flows past this sleepy settlement to spill into the North Taranaki Bight, home to the Tapuae Marine Reserve. Stroll along the black sands of Urenui Beach to admire the towering cliffs, at the mercy of the tides and coastal winds.

Just to the east is the Urenui Marae, the last of the community grounds of the Ngāti Mutunga. This Māori “iwi” (tribe) has its origins in Taranaki, but was chased off during the Musket Wars. Today, special iwi events and rituals again take place in the ancestral houses of Mahi Tamariki, Te Aroha and Te Titohea.

While in town, admire the statue of Sir Peter Buck, also known as Te Rangi Hīroa. Buck was a descendant from the Ngāti Mutunga iwi, although his paternal ancestry was British and Irish. Buck not only was the national long-jump champion in 1900 and 1903, he was also a military doctor, a politician, an ethnologist, and eventually the director of Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit the Ōkoki pā historic reserve to pay your respects to this local legend at his final resting place.

Because Urenui is only small, the coastal settlement depends on the creativity of its multicultural locals to get noticed. Some examples of how they keep Urenui on the tourist radar include the Urenui Rodeo, a speed-shearing competition in the local pub and the Naki Run Amuck, a fun run with muddy contestants.

For an epic bike trip, ride uphill to the summit of Kaka Road at Okoki, then through the hand-dug Uruti Road Tunnel and loop back to the highway to return to Urenui. Along the way, enjoy some great views of Taranaki hinterland with its forested valleys.

Urenui is located just north of New Plymouth along State Highway 3, making it a perfect daytrip. Ure means “courage” and nui is “great,” but you don’t to need to be a brave adventurer to discover the hidden treasures of this quiet rural town.

Plymouth International
Plymouth International
4 out of 5
220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is NZ$119 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Located in New Plymouth CBD, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of East End Reserve and Fitzroy Beach. Saint Mary's Church and Centre City Shopping ...
4.4/5Excellent! (619 reviews)
"The friendliness of all the stuff was exceptional room was decent sized food was great soa was awesome some gym gear broken and at night pool wasnt heated"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Plymouth International
Urenui Beach Camp
Urenui Beach Camp
3 out of 5
148 Urenui Beach Road, Urenui
Situated in Urenui, this golf holiday park is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Yandle Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Mike's Brewery. Pukearuhe Beach is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Great little cabin that was spotless & better than we were expecting. They were very accommodating for our friend to pitch his tent beside us so we could all be together. Cabin is so close to the river, toilets & showers which made it very convenient & enjoyable for the kids. Highly recommend to ..."

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2017

Urenui Beach Camp
Urenui - Expansive View
Urenui - Expansive View
29A Whakapaki Street, Urenui, Taranaki
Situated in Urenui, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Yandle Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Mike's Brewery and Pukearuhe Beach. Sentry Hill Winery ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Lovely bach
"Great views and a lovely bach. Enjoyed the real fire and having the lemon and orange trees in the garden."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2021

Urenui - Expansive View
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.
Quest New Plymouth
Quest New Plymouth
4.5 out of 5
21 Currie Street, New Plymouth
The price is NZ$143 per night from 21 Aug. to 21 Aug.
Located in New Plymouth CBD, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Centre City Shopping Centre and Wind Wand. Puke Ariki and TSB Showplace are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (490 reviews)
"Close city proximity"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2021

Quest New Plymouth
Urenui - Expansive View
Urenui - Expansive View
29A Whakapaki Street, Urenui, Taranaki
Situated in Urenui, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Yandle Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Mike's Brewery and Pukearuhe Beach. Sentry Hill Winery ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Lovely bach
"Great views and a lovely bach. Enjoyed the real fire and having the lemon and orange trees in the garden."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2021

Urenui - Expansive View
The Residence Fitzroy
The Residence Fitzroy
3 out of 5
1 Clemow Rd, New Plymouth, Taranaki
The price is NZ$143 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Situated in New Plymouth, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of East End Reserve, Fitzroy Golf Club and Fitzroy Beach. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Loved the great design of the place and the cleanliness. Comfortable bed and good bathroom"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

The Residence Fitzroy
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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