Tairua, which means two tides, has a long and colourful history. Its sheltered harbour was one of the first places in New Zealand to be settled by Polynesians followed by Maori. Early European settlers were primarily attracted by kauri felling and gold prospecting. Since the late 1960s Tairua has become a holiday destination, with major activities including game fishing, scuba diving, and surfing.
Two short walks heading north and south, will take you on a historic journey through Tairua, with engraved panels along the way depicting the heritage sites. The walk south over the Pepe Stream bridge along the walkway to Tui Terrace is suitable for visitors with impaired mobility.
Pick up a trail map at the Information Centre on Manaia Road, by the Public Library.