Today we want to introduce you travelling around the Coromandel on the East Coast of New Zealand, visiting Pauanui and Tairua.
Pauanui is a resort destination with a small resident population, growing to double and triple its population in the summer because of its magnificent white sandy beach and plethora of outdoor pursuits.
Sheltered by lush green hills and bordered on the east coast by the Pacific Ocean, the small township is accessed via 30 kilometres of steep winding roads.
A short ferry ride from Pauanui brings you to the township of Tairua, a buzzing mecca for travellers seeking the gentle east coast and all it has to offer.
Photograph taken from Pauanui looking across the water to Tairua. Ten minutes by boat or twenty minutes by road.
The townships are approximately two hours drive south east of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland .
In the off-seasons the two settlements contain jointly about 3000 people but this changes dramatically during the summer months and holiday weekends when the population more than double as holiday home owners and tourists descend upon the place.
The Pauanui shopping centre and its surrounding area lies on fairly flat ground and has its own air field, catering mainly for residents with their own air transport. During the holiday season the landing field is in almost constant use.
Unlike Tairua (pronounced Tie-roowa), Pauanui was built later by the Hopper brothers who owned and had farmed the land for several generations and saw the potential for city dwellers to fly in and out and for those without planes to come by road and build holiday homes, many of which are vacant for the greater part of the year.
The beaches are a huge drawcard with their white, clean sand and startling beauty fronting the Pacific Ocean.
There is always plenty for the holiday maker to do. The active hiker can spend hours climbing Mount Pauanui, negotiating its steep slopes. The panoramic view from the top of land, sea and bush is breathtaking, but for the less adventurous, who still love to walk and ride, there are coastal walks and bike tracks. For the keen fisherman, fishing along this coast line is said to be second to none. Many more beautiful spots to see travelling around the Coromandel.
Boat owners might enjoy living alongside one of the elaborate canals that have been carved out as part of the resort development. Houses along here are reminiscent of the Australian Gold Coast canals, where, like Pauanui, the rich and famous play.
Pauanui rightfully boasts an enviable sub-tropical climate where palm trees grow in abundance, loads of sunny days and ideal summer temperatures of around 25-29c.
Tairua is just across the harbour entrance from Pauanui a population of around 1100 people during the holiday season can peak at 3000 or more. A little less than two and a half hours travel from Auckland city. Tairua is a peaceful coastal settlement surrounded by beautiful farm land protected by a range of high hills, the scenery is superb. Tairua has a supermarket a very good butcher shop, a number of cafes, hardware shop , hair dresser, spur shop where you can get the best massage, I tried this one and found it very professional, the treatment was excellent. The town has a number of motels and Bed and breakfast establishments to cater for your needs.
Next time you’re travelling around the Coromandal call in at Pauanui and Tairua.