Discover the hidden gems of the Western Bay of Plenty: Katikati, Waihī Beach and Te Puna.
Katikati is approximately 37km north from downtown Tauranga (35 mins by car when the traffic is light, it can get congested during peak times). Waihī Beach is a further 20-25mins from Katikati.
1: Morning: Explore the Katikati Bird Gardens
Spend an hour or so wandering the beautiful bird gardens on the outskirts of Katikati. Surrounded by mature trees, water-lilly ponds, flower gardens, natural wetlands, and plenty of birds - the gardens are a wonderful day out for all the family.
Native gardens and birdlife
1: Lunch at the Talisman Hotel Restaurant & Garden Bar
Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, the Talisman is located in the heart of Katikati. The menu is designed to suit all tastes, but they're famous for the Tomahawk steak - a must-try! They use locally sourced ingredients - including avocados from their own garden at the restaurant!
Talisman Hotel Restaurant & Garden Bar
7/9 Main Rd, Katikati 3129
Ph: +64 7 549 3218
Locally sourced ingredients
1: Afternoon: Katikati Mural Town - Guided Tour
Katikati is famous for it's amazing range of open air murals dotted throughout the town. When the Mural Walk was designed in 1991 “The History of Settlement, on the walls, presented by Professional Artists” was the theme. Now more than 28 years later, there are over 76 world famous murals and works of art to bring this story to you.
The best way to experience these is on a guided tour with a passionate and knowledgeable local.
To make a booking:
Phone: +64 7 5495250
Explore over 75 world famous murals
1: Check-in at Waihī Beach TOP 10
Travel north to the seaside town of Waihī Beach and stay the night at Waihī Beach TOP 10. This holiday park is popular with families, campers, and those who like a little more luxury while they're holidaying. Surrounded by native bush and beach, the holiday park has a huge range of accommodation options, a heated swimming pool, playground, and loads more amazing facilities.
Beachfront holiday park, family-friendly accommodation
Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
2: Walk from Waihī Beach to Orokawa Bay
Orokawa Bay is a great place to spend a day - it's a secluded beach lined with native pohutukawa trees. You can access the track from the north end of Waihī Beach and it'll take about 45 minutes to reach the bay. You can spend the day relaxing on the beach, or carry on along track to Homunga Bay or William Wright Falls.
Secluded beach, great views from the top of the track
2: Lunch at Flatwhite Cafe, Waihī Beach
Flatwhite is one of very few true beachfront restaurants in the Bay of Plenty - the views are just amazing! They are an iconic part fo Waihī Beach and a definite must-do when you're in the area! You can dine at Flat White for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
2: Visit Te Puna Quarry Park
Te Puna Quarry Park is a disused quarry that has been lovingly transformed into a picturesque park with walking tracks, sculptures and sweeping views across the Bay of Plenty. The park (which is dog friendly) is open every day and entry is free.
Stunning views of the Western Bay of Plenty
Te Puna Quarry Park
2: Visit the Cider Factorie
While you're in Te Puna, call in for a tasting at the Cider Factorie, located on the waterfront looking out over Tauranga Moana. Grab a bite to eat and a tasting paddle and relax among the fruit trees, and you can buy bottles to take home if anything takes your fancy. The outlook is lovely and it's the perfect spot to chill out and enjoy some locally brewed cider.
Locally brewed cider