Pauanui on the Pacific Coast of The Coromandel and across the harbour from Tairua is an excellent base from which to explore the east coast offshore islands or the craggy mountainous backdrop to the west. It also has a small but vibrant permanent population eager to accommodate visitors seeking that special brand of kiwi hospitality and local knowledge.
The offshore islands of Slipper, Shoe and the Aldermen Islands can be explored by booking a trip with numerous local dive and fishing charter boats. At Hikuai at the foothills of the ranges to the west, you’ll find historic native bush trails through Kauri and fern forests and a fresh water river great for kayaking and swimming in summer.
For an easier walk meander through the network of walkways of Pauanui that were built when the town was developed as a purpose-built holiday resort.