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A Daytrip to Tairua, New Zealand

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We decided to do a day trip to Tairua, New Zealand while staying in Coromandel. It is a truly beautiful spot and it looks like a picture perfect postcard.

There is a large hill where you can drive up to near the top, then take a short walk to look down on the breathtaking views of the fishing village and scenery below.

Legend has it, that if you make the trip to the top you will return and live there! I well believe it, it is one of those places that stays in your mind forever…

I have compiled a photo diary of the area so you can see for yourself!

View of the mount at Tairua from afar
View of the mount at Tairua from afar
A closeup of the hill of Tairua with scattered houses
A closeup of the hill of Tairua with scattered houses
Tairua beach
Tairua beach
Tairua beachside scenery
Tairua beachside scenery with sail boats
Scenic views from beach at Tairua
Scenic views from the beach at Tairua
seaside at Tairua
The seaside at Tairua
view on the hill looking down
The view on the hill looking down
A sea view of waves on beach
A sea view of waves on beach
View from walkway in Tairua
Another view from the walkway in Tairua
Looking down on Tairua from hill walk
Looking down on Tairua from the hill walk with mountains and greenery on the sea
Another view of the beach and scenery
Another view of the beach and scenery as we go further up the hill
Scenic view from hill
Scenic view from the hill of the peninsula
View through trees of scenery below
View through the trees of scenery and beach below
Panoramic view from above
Panoramic view from above
Stunning view from the hillside
Stunning view from the hillside
Awesome view of Tairua from the top
Awesome view of Tairua from the top
Out over the sea
Out over the sea with green islands in the vast ocean
Green island in the sea from the summit
Green island in the sea from the summit edge
Plaque at the top of the hill
Plaque at the top of the hill with an engraved map
Amazing view of Tairua from above
Amazing view of Tairua from above as we begin our descent
A seaview of the coastal greenery with houses
A seaview of the coastal greenery with houses
pristine beach with big waves
Looking down on the pristine beach with big waves
View of the beach through the trees
View of the beach through the trees on the opposite side
Close up of the island
Close up of the island in the distance
Big waves create a whitewash on the beach
Big waves create a whitewash on the beach below
Obligatory photo at the summit
Obligatory photo at the summit

Summit photo

Panoramic view of the area below
Panoramic view of the area below
Old boat repurposed as a restaurant
Old boat repurposed as a restaurant on the waters edge
Entrance to the boat restaurant
Entrance to the boat restaurant
Inside the boat
Inside the boat, fully dressed tables
Old black and white photo of the boat in its original state
Old framed black and white photo of the boat in its original state
View from the ships bow
View from the ships bow overlooking the sea and green hills
View of the bay and an old boat
View of the bay and an old boat from the other side of the boat where we sipped beers
View from the opposite side of the boat
View from the opposite side of the boat of a wooden jetty on the water
Stools inside the boat in front of the windows
Stools inside the boat in front of the windows

All in all, we had a great day exploring Tairua and it is a real gem of a place to visit. You wouldn’t even realise the sheer beauty of the place if you were just to drive through it. I had done so in the weeks previous as I was on my way to Coromandel and hadn’t got time to stop by. I knew I would have to come back and discover more of the area and spend some time there again. 

As I was living in Coromandel for a few months, a friend of mine came to visit the area so I met up with her as she had decided to stay in Tairua on her way to Coromandel. We were really blown away by the scenery and it didn’t feel touristy at all. It was a relaxing day out and I highly recommend stopping by if you are on your way to Coromandel or Thames. There were some lovely accommodation options I noticed there too. 

If you are travelling the North Island in New Zealand you should not miss Coromandel and the surrounds. 

Let me know if you visited the area and if you have any other recommendations! I hope to go back there some day and maybe even retire there!

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