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Best things to do in Tairua

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Establishment
“It's consistently good and owners Phil and Andrea keep Tairua socialising throughout the winter months. There's often live music and the occasional local band like Fuller and the Empties or Cosha - which shouldn't be missed!”
12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great location, atmosphere, casual and friendly staff. Awesome food. Check opening hours esp in winter! ”
6 locals recommend
Establishment
“Fantastic cafe, has excellent coffee and food. Linda the owner is a delight!”
9 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Beautiful hike up to Paku Summit (30-45mins) overlooking Pauanui and Tairua ”
5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“An easy 20 minute walk to the summit from the car park. Local Maori legend has it that if you climb to the summit of Mount Paku, you will return one day! Fantastic 360 degree views from the summit. It is also possible walk around Paku using the many walkways and stairs available. Start either at the end of The Esplanade past the Marina, or from the South end of the surf beach using the Oceania walkway.”
4 locals recommend
Gastropub
$$$
“(only open Friday, Saturday & Sunday in winter). Great views up the inlet to the mountains, ESP on sunset. Varied menu, specialises in award winnning beef & lamb dish (2017) and seafood. Also has vegetarian options. Free wine or beer if you mention you are staying with Reina & Jerry.”
3 locals recommend
Café
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“Good coffee, friendly staff, the bus drops visitors off from outside here and it's right next to a great playground for kids.”
5 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
2 locals recommend
Bar
1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Lovely little design shop with home-wares, jewellery and very cute kids clothes/toys.”
2 locals recommend
Route
“Walk to the Paku summit for amazing view over Tairua and Pauanui. Maori saying is that once you have walked to the summit you will always return to Tairua. It's great run from the beach ..”
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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1 local recommends
Hotel
“A more up market dining experience. The service is a bit fickle at times but a nice location.”
2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
Point of Interest
1 local recommends
Café
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“Yummy coffee and a nice selection of eats. Plus there's smoothies and a great spot overlooking the main street.”
2 locals recommend