Discover Pauanui and Mount Paku!

Discover Pauanui and Mount Paku!

Written by mighway

The Coromandel is located on the Pacific Coast Highway on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island and blessed with some of New Zealand’s best weather. The Firth of Thames is located on the western side and the Pacific Ocean on the eastern side. The twin harbour town of Pauanui and extinct volcanic peak Mount Paku are two Coromandel must-do’s for visitors.

Explore Pauanui

Pauanui is a fabulous twin harbour town located on the east coast of The Coromandel in New Zealand. It was built as a holiday community and lies across the harbour from the larger settlement Tairua. Pauanui features New Zealand’s first canal housing development and is superb for exploring. Charter and fishing boats operate its wharves, and its beaches are safe for swimming and surfing. The offshore islands of Slipper, Shoe and the jagged Aldermen Islands are waiting to be explored. Book a trip with local dive and fishing charters to dive in and start fishing! Native bush trails through kauri and fern forests in the foothills of the ranges at Hikuai are waiting to hiked. A freshwater river, which is great for kayaking and swimming, is waiting to be enjoyed. The Tairua River runs between Pauanui and Wharekawa Harbour (Opoutere). Large areas south of the river are dominated by exotic forests. Mount Paku is close by.


Discover Mt Paku

Once an island and rich with history, Mount Paku is an extinct, twin-coned volcanic peak in the Coromandel in New Zealand. It guards the entrance to Tairua Harbour. On top of Mount Paku is a jaw-dropping and spectacular 360-degree view of Pauanui. This breathtaking view includes attractive sights of the local beaches, bays and the Tairua Harbour and estuary. Tairua and Pauanui beaches, the islands of Castle Rock, Mercury Islands, the Aldermen Islands and Slipper and Shoe Islands can also be seen from the top of Mount Paku. Maori pa terraces sculpture the hillside. Tairua Beach, which is located at the base of Mount Paku, holds the earliest evidence of Polynesian settlement in New Zealand. In the late 19th century, early European settlers were drawn to the area by kauri timber predominantly and gold prospecting. It is safe for swimming and surfing. To reach the Mount Paku summit and all of its splendor, hikers must embark on a steep and short 15-minute walk. Each turn in the fern tree lined path to the top brings a new breathtaking view of the beaches and offshore islands. Displays are placed at the top to identify parts of the panoramic view and share area history. Tairua’s early settler history is shared on storyboards along the walk.

Where Does the Fun, 15min Trek to the Top of Mount Paku Begin?

From the Tairua town centre, follow Manaia Road, turn right onto Paku Drive, and then right into Tirinui Crescent. The start of the 15-minute trek is signposted from the end of the Tirinui Crescent. This short trek is easy for hikers of all ages.

Book a camper with Mighway and visit the beautiful township of Pauanui and hike nearby Mount Paku for rewarding splendor. You’ll be amazed with breathtaking views, swimming, surfing, fishing and more.