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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Place to eat
“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 Viewpoint
“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
Point of Interest
“Why the curious name? well there is actually a small gravestone to commemorate a young British Navy Sailor who died here around 150 years ago when a ship was docked near the bay. It's a little off the beaten track as most tourists miss the turn off from the main State Highway 25 as they head towards the more well known beaches at Mercury Bay. The plus side of this is that you will often have the beach and its stunning views almost entirely to yourself! Just a few km north of the town of Tairua you will see a signpost to Pumpkin Hill, take this right hand turn off and it will be easy to see the parking spot for Sailors Grave Beach. If you have the time and energy its well worth the walk through the bush to the wonderfully private Otara Bay (signposted) or if you want a lazier option, to follow the river a little inland and cool off in the shallows on hot days. Plenty of shade trees to enjoy a picnic or have a snooze in peace. Grab a takeaway coffee Lala from the Pepe Cafe in Tairua and maybe some snacks to make a day of it.”
  • 4 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.”
  • 6 locals recommend
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
Route
“Walk the lynch stream track to Coast then along Coast to beautiful Sailors Grave. Or just drive to the sailors grave beach. Macabre name as unnamed seaman drowned is buried there. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“(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
Hotel
“A more up market dining experience. The service is a bit fickle at times but a nice location.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
  • 2 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“lots to lovely ladies clothes to choose from but you will have bring your credit card”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hop on a local charter boat and slip on over to Slipper Island. Beautiful blue water and beach, great day away. Approx just 20-45 mins away.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Such a stunning beach. Popular with surfers, swimmers, walking. Enjoy sunrise or sunset at the beach. ”
  • 2 locals recommend