• Walk to the top of Paku for a unique view of the area!
  • Walk the History Trail around the town, and stand on the spot where the oldest NZ artefact, a fishing lure, was found.
  • Walk Ocean Beach at low tide looking out to the Alderman's, where tuatara live; or continue up the steps at the South end of the beach for more spectacular views.
  • Both the Harbour and the Estuary provide gentle, peaceful walks.
  • Follow the upper reaches of the Tairua River to Broken Hills. Some days you may see a gold mine working; or walk to the tracks, and enter the tunnels to see glow worms and wetas.
  • Kayak the Inner Harbour.
  • Go diving or sea fishing.
  • Surf or swim on Ocean Beach, or use the Esplanade Beach for something more placid.
  • Collect pipis in the Harbour or fish off the wharf.
  • Jump off Pepe Bridge - ONLY at high tide.
  • Have a picnic at Te Karo Bay (Sailor's Grave) or Otara Bay; catch the Twin Kauris on the way. Continue up to Trig point on Pumpkin Hill, and see one of the most spectacular views in the district.
  • Play a round of golf on our picturesque and challenging course.
  • Observe our birdlife - nearly 60 species are in or around or over the Estuary.
  • Enjoy the hospitality of our many restaurants, cafes and bars and relax with some retail therapy in our small, but very varied, shopping centre.

If you need any more details about these or any other activities, contact our Information Centre - they will be only too willing to assist you!