The best of coast and country
Thirty minutes’ drive from Tauranga is Te Puke – the beating heart of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry. Visit a stunning waterfall, taste some seasonal French cuisine and then it’s a hop, skip and jump to historic Maketū, landing place of one of the Bay of Plenty’s founding waka (canoes).
Tauranga to Te Puke
Start your Western Bay adventure at The Daily Café in Te Puke. The atmosphere will leave you feeling good in more ways than one – the café serves delicious food and coffee (kiss the keto diet goodbye when you spot their cheese scones) but it is so much more. Run by the local community, The Daily partners with charitable organisations to make sure they give back and stick to a wholesome, green ethos.
Cheese scones, great coffee, and friendly locals
After a delicious breakfast, visit Raparapahoe Falls, a three-metre high waterfall that plunges into a cool and clear pool. This Te Puke gem is accessible by a steep and rough one-kilometre track – it can get slippery so leave your jandals at home. The view from the bottom is breath-taking. Cliffs and a fringe of native punga trees rise sharply above the blue pool of water.
Three-metre high waterfall
The Trading Post
The Trading Post is a casual bistro offering brunch & dinner. Set in a historical farm cottage in rural Te Puke with a cosy garden and a fireplace inside.
They showcase the Bay of Plenty and New Zealand products in a sustainable way by creating menus according the the seasons inspired local products.
This small seaside village holds a rich history. Almost 1,000 years ago, it was the landing place of the Arawa waka (canoe) and the start of one of the key Māori settlements in the Bay of Plenty. Take a leisurely stroll and look out for the signs that tell you the tales of the village’s past. Discover two of New Zealand’s oldest churches, each with their own unique story to tell.
Historical site, Maketū Pies