Tokomaru Bay + Tolaga Bay
Bay hopping in Tairāwhiti is a must-do in the land of the first light. From sunrise to sunset, you can follow the coast and find hidden gems along the way. One of these include Tokomaru Bay – a quiet beachside community with a sprawling beach to swim, surf, and stroll along before or after some delicious kai at Te Puka Tavern – with its million dollar views of the great wide South Pacific moana.
There’s a historic wharf to check out down the road and a bit further inland is Mt Hikurangi – NZ’s highest non-volcanic mountain looming in the background.
Back down the coast is Tolaga Bay – with another iconic wharf still intact. Opened in 1929, the Tolaga Bay Wharf is NZ’s longest wharf at 660 metres long and is a perfect spot to dangle a fishing line – could be tea all sorted.
While you’re in the neighbourhood, make sure you experience Cooks Cove Walkway - a stunning 5.8 km walk to the historic site where Captain Cook repaired his ship in 1769. It’s a picnic, swim, wash your worries away kind of day.