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Pacific Coast Highway: Whitianga to Tauranga road trip


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Katikati heritage street scene mural, Bay of Plenty Katikati heritage street scene mural, Bay of Plenty

Outdoor art installations are a Katikati highlight. Wander through Haiku Park and discover all the haiku poems carved into the boulders and pavement scattered around the park. The Uretara Stream runs through the park. The main path leads over a footbridge, and downstream to the highway and Uretara Landing. From the landing, stroll up the main street to appreciate the murals and other works of art throughout the town centre.

Katikati Primary School totem poles, street art, Bay of Plenty

Things to do:

  • Katikati Murals – Take a walk around the town to see some local history portrayed in the murals. The early 1990’s saw the town facing an economic downturn, which led to a friendly group of volunteers who endeavoured to raise local spirits and attract visitors to the area and joined together to create some unique history on the walls of the town.
  • Katikati Bird Gardens – A bird sanctuary located in a stunning park, amongst lily ponds, wetlands, mature trees and secret paths. There is also a gift shop and café on site.
  • The Haiku Pathway and Uretara Walkway – The Haiku Pathway has the largest collection of Haiku “Stones” outside of Japan. Both walks allow you to explore the Uretara River and estuary where pioneers first landed in Katikati.
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