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A beautiful coastal township in northern Tairāwhiti

Wharekahika/Hicks Bay is situated between Potaka and Te Araroa along State Highway 35. Along this stretch of paradise, discover a beautiful bay for swimming, enchanting waterfalls, swimming holes, a glowworm grotto and the remains of the old freezing works near the wharf (now very popular for fishing).

In town, there is a general store with fish n chips for takeaways, a post office, and the local marae Hinemaurea ki Wharekahika.

Full of country charm and hospitality and perched above the bay, Hicks Bay Motel Lodge offers fantastic accommodation options complete with a restaurant and bar offering delicious meals and spectacular vistas of the Pacific Ocean.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Grid  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike   


For activities, attractions and accommodation in Hicks Bay & Wharekahika

Hicks Bay & Wharekahika/Accommodation

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Tairawhiti Gisborne - First to see the light

New Zealand is currently operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights), Tairāwhiti may look and feel different this summer season.

If you are planning to visit please do so responsibly by following the Tiaki Promise - respecting our people and place. 

Availability of visitor experiences across Tairāwhiti may be different this summer. Please take time to research and plan your journey in advance to ensure you have a great holiday in Te Tairāwhiti.

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