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Recreation & Activites

Tairua Market

When:  1st Saturday of every month, 9am - 12pm
Where:  Tairua Community Hall

Local arts and crafts, home baking, soaps, jams, knitted baby garments, fresh fruit & veges and more...
A great place to showcase your products for a very small cost.  Contact Fay Dickson for info:  07 864 7451

Tairua Surf Club

Where:  Located on Paku Drive at the southern end of Ocean Beach is the Tairua Surf Club.  Contact: Matthew Kerr  021 260 1180
Swim between the flags or check out the surf conditions.  Patrolled from 1st weekend in December through to 1st weekend in March.

Tairua Board Riders Club:
  Contact tbr3508@gmail.com


Where:  The Esplanade & the Main Road Bridge
Swim in the crystal clear waters of Tairua in the Harbour or the Ocean Beach.  The Esplanade is a popular spot which drops off for reasonable depth and is often as calm as a mill pond.  The Main Road pedestrian bridge attracts many jumpers and high tide each summer, taking the plunge into the channel.  For the young family members, the reserve on the west side of the Main Road bridge is popular for it's shallow safe water.

Kayaking & SUP

Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding is popular in the main Harbour.  The majority of the Tairua Harbour is waist deep and safe for even the most shy of water goers.  Two inlets into the Harbour allow for good old fashioned exploration at high tide.


There are a multitude of options for fishing in and around the local Tairua waters.  Talk to almost any local and they will tell you the best areas to head and the best seasons.  Fishing off the 2 wharf's is popular, as is fishing directly from Ocean Beach.  Join the local Tairua Fishing Club and relax in their prime location bar and restaurant overlooking the harbour.  Get involved with some of the many fishing competitions based right here in Taiura.

Tairua/Pauanui Sports Fishing Club,  Tui Terrace, Tairua   Phone 864 8361


We have some of the best walks in the world on our door step.  Start in Tairua itself and follow the History Trail as it winds along the waterfront, then take the walk to the summit of Mt. Paku for the most amazing view of the area.  We have more than 30 walks within 30 minutes drive of Tairua, including old historic mines with tunnels, Kauri trees, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world which can be deserted in the off season.

Tramping Group
:  Meet alternate Sundays fortnightly.  Contact Trevor Ladd  09 864 9433
Ramblers:  Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month except January.  Contact Dave Dodd  864 7633
Coastal Walkways Group:  Meet every 2nd month.  Contact Cherry Ladd  07 864 9433

Cafe Culture

It wouldn't be a relaxed life without the relaxed cafe lifestyle.  We have more than a dozen eating places in our small town and something for everyone's taste.

Wine Club:  Tairua has a very popular Wine Club which meets on the last Thursday of the month for dinner at a local restaurant with a selection of wine samples and guest speaker.   Contact:  Gary at Golddiggers on the Main Road.


Where:  283 Main Road, Tairua   Contact: Larraine Brooks  07 864 8416
The Tairua Golf Course is a challenging 18 hole layout incorporating rolling hills and flat areas. Most of the holes on the golf course have spectacular views of either the harbour, the bush, the hills or the township.  The course offers many challenges with Vets - kitchenVets - Craig & Arthurnatural water features and bush lined fairways where placement rather than length often wins. The course is open to visitors on Club Days.


Where:   283 Main Road, Tairua + Hornsea Road
Starts at 9am throughout bowling season September to April.  A full program of events runs during the bowling season.


Where:   Tokoroa Road Rugby & Sports Club,  Phone Ashlee Strange 021 023 01332
Tairua has a strong Rugby club and the local games are highly supported by the community.


Art Group:  Meet weekly, Wednesday 9.30-12.00,  Contact:  Bev Wickham 07 864 7525
Little Gallery Of Fine Arts: 
226 Main Road, Tairua  www.thelittlegallery.co.nz

Volunteer Activities

Tairua has a strong volunteer ethic in the community and it is a great way to be socially involved.  It helps make our town a great place to live and work.

Tairua Fire Brigade: 
Training 1 night weekly.  Contact:  Bindy  021 244 5008

St. Johns & St. Johns Youth Division

Tairua Land Search & Rescue: 
Contact Trevor Ladd  07 864 9433

Tairua Information Centre: 
A central hubb of the town and valuable resource to encourage tourism and patronage locally.  Volunteers are required 7 days a week.


The Tairua Troubadours are famous for their annual musical productions which draw crowds from surrounding areas.  Rehearsals are bi-weekly, 1-2 shows are year.
Contact:  John Hert  07 864 8148

Senior Activites

Tairua Care & Friendship Group:  Weekly meeting and transport options.  Contact Marion Crawford 07 864 8850

Senior Net: Monthly. Contact Audrey Scrivener  07 864 7533

RSA Tairua:  Brian Waterman 07 864 8900

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