Our guide on the best activities in Pauanui
This town in the east coast of the Coromandel is not to be missed. There’s a reason it’s one of the top spots in the country for holiday homes. Close enough to drive to from Auckland and one of the best spots to set up home base for your Coromandel holiday. With a range of places to visit and things to do in Pauanui, here you’ll have a getaway full of sandy beaches, ocean swims and stunning coastal walks.
Here are our top 5 things to do on your next holiday in beautiful Pauanui:
1. Go for a hike and take the Pauanui Mountain summit walk
400 meters above the sea lies one of the Coromandel’s most stunning forested walks and when you reach the top, an unforgettable panoramic view of the surrounding Coromandel peninsula. It’s also the best spot in Pauanui to enjoy golden hour and capture frame-worthy photos.
2. Collect pictures of seashells on Pauanui beach
Enjoy a slow walk along the coast of the Coromandel on the golden sands of Pauanui’s 2 kilometre beach. This will give you time to notice the stunning assortment of seashells that have been washed up ashore! The beach is well-groomed and is one of the best walks around. A leisurely stroll along this gorgeous beach will make it really easy to unwind and relax.
3. Enjoy a bit of retail therapy at Pauanui shops
Pauanui Village Centre offers the perfect place to indulge in a shopping spree, with 17 different retail stores to choose from. There are boutique shops such as Hello Friday and Outback Surf Shop to grab a cute holiday outfit, along with multiple homeward shops to bring a piece of Pauanui back home with you.
4. Have a waterfall picnic
Located only 2 kilometres from the beach is the divinely tranquil Pauanui Waterfall. A super-short ten minute walk will bring you to its secluded swimming hole and intimate picnic spot, perfect for a family outing. Just make sure your crew has proper outdoor shoes on as the rocks tend to get quite slippery!
5. Adventure at Slipper Island
Pauanui is the perfect launch point to get to Slipper Island – a cultural treasure and one of the most photogenic islands in New Zealand. The island is home to dramatically diverse landscapes that consist of white sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and volcanic rock formations, making a trip out there truly one to remember. Take a day excursion for an idyllic island experience of snorkeling, swimming, exploring and fishing.
Ready to have an adventure in Pauanui? Check out our Pauanui holiday homes and start planning your next trip now!