Welcome to Te Puna

Te Puna is a slice of rural paradise right on Tauranga’s doorstep. It’s only a 10km drive into the CBD along SH2, but once you’re in Te Puna you could be a million miles away from the city. This community is renowned for its peaceful outlook, super cool events and creative spaces. Te Puna locals are fiercely proud of their awesome patch in the Coastal Bay of Plenty and it’s not hard to see why.

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Nourish Café

This exceptional eatery is a popular place to meet and is open until 4pm seven days a week. A seasonal menu is available but it’s hard to walk past their array of cabinet food as they have some of the best salads and sweet treats in town! Everything is freshly baked and disappears quick, so it pays to book a table on busy days. There’s a lovely outdoor courtyard and their corner store sells a beautiful range of gifts and homeware. You can even buy a fresh or frozen evening meal to take home from just $12.

Address: Cnr of Te Puna Rd and SH2. 

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Te Puna Deli 

If you love fresh produce and great coffee, your senses will be tingling with anticipation once you step through the door of Te Puna Deli. Their daily sandwiches are epic and their range of locally made cheeses, charcuterie, fruit & vegetables, breads, pastries, cakes and slices will make your stomach very, very happy. This deli is focused on serving the best food nature can provide with as little interference as possible. Simply delicious. 

Address: 17B Minden Rd

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Minden Lookout

This lookout offers one of the best vantage points in the Bay of Plenty. It’s less than five minutes’ drive up Minden Rd and parking is available. The views across the green countryside and out towards Tauranga Harbour are breathtaking. Mauao and Matakana Island sit proudly in the distance so have your camera ready. For an extra special adventure, roar up to the lookout on a tour with V8 Trikes!

Address: 431 Minden Rd

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The Cider Factorie

The Cider Factorie has quite literally been crushing it since 2012. Apples, pears, feijoas, citrus and a host of other fruit are transformed into a range of delectable award-winning ciders which you can enjoy on the spot or take home for later. A tasting paddle is a great option, allowing you to sample four different ciders while sitting indoors or out. Their restaurant kitchen is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am till 4pm(ish), and is a great place to stop and refuel after cycling the nearby Ōmokoroa trail – it’s a very short detour down Oikimoke Rd and worth peddling that little bit extra!

Address: 50 Oikimoke Rd

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Te Puna Quarry Park

This has been Te Puna’s star attraction for decades. The former rock quarry has been transformed into beautiful gardens and walking tracks showcasing an enormous range of native and exotic species. Watch monarchs and admirals emerge from their chrysalises in the butterfly garden, and marvel at the giant sculptures and other artworks that are scattered throughout the park. Kids love to jump aboard the wooden train or climb the length of the impressive stone dragon! Quarryfest and other events are often held in the park’s amphitheater and always draw a huge crowd. 

Address: at the end of Quarry Rd (1km off SH2)

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