Tairua Estuary Walk, Tairua

This flat, easy walk takes you alongside the Pepe Inlet toward Paaku Mountain and features a children's playground and cafes at the start of the walk.

Start at the Tairua Information Centre or across the road at the information sign on the Main Road of Tairua. The Pepe Playground is located on the waterfront here. Stroll alongside the estuary for calming views out to the harbour and Tairua Bar beyond. This is a grassed area with no footpath, and there are signs detailing the birdlife found in Paku Bay. The walk continues  across the Manaia Causeway Bridge and to the right, past toilets and a freedom camping area opposite Tairua Surf Club. From here, continue past the ancient Pohutukawa trees where one of the oldest Maori artefacts found in New Zealand (now housed at Auckland Museum) was uncovered, on to Tairua Esplanade (more toilets located here). Choose to continue up Paaku if you're feeling energetic or visit the Tairua Ocean Beach before returning to town.