DAY TRIP TO TE PUKE & MAKETŪ
30 minutes’ drive from Tauranga is Te Puke – the beating heart of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry. Call in for a cuppa and a taste of the world’s best kiwifruit, 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).
Te Puke, Kiwifruit Country, historical landing place.
30 minutes' drive from Tauranga
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
You’re in kiwifruit land, so make a stop at Kiwifruit Country and see (and taste) the goodness for yourself. Visit the café and shop to load up on treats and gifts – ice-cream lovers will love the green and gold kiwifruit ice-cream – or take the tour through the orchard. You’ll get to ride on kiwifruit-shaped carts through a working Bay of Plenty orchard, discover a bit about our unique soils and come out of the experience with a new love and appreciation for the fuzzy wonderfood.
Kiwifruit ice-cream, orchard tour
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. When you’ve worked up an appetite from all the incredible history, treat yourself to fresh fish and chips or a famous Maketū pie, easily found on the main street.
Historical site, Maketū Pies