Best bits, a kiwi town
Katikati there are plenty of things to do. Katikati, similar to Whangamata, is a summer beach resort holiday destination. The flourishing art scene is a drawcard for many with unique locally sourced art works creating special holiday moments with the ‘find’ in the local market or artist’s studio. Waihi Beach is nearby and Tauranga less than an hour’s drive. Plenty of diversity for visitors from active adventures in Bay skydiving to leisurely outdoor walks. And always the allure of beautiful beaches.
WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS
- Katikati town mural wander
- Haiku art walk trail
- Katikati Bird Gardens
- Te Puna Quarry Park sculptures
- Fish from Omokoroa wharf
KATIKATI HAIKU WALK
Therapy for the soul. Haiku (peace) poems are carved into boulders and etched into the pavement around the park. With the Uretara Stream running through the park, a footbridge and places to sit, contemplate and relax into the moment, the walk is very special. Catherine Mair, local poet approached famous poets and requested permission to etch, chisel and record their work into river stone. The Haiku Pathway and Uretara walks introduce visitors to the Uretara River and estuary where pioneers first landed in Katikati.
The result is Katikati’s Haiku zen moment.
- Length: 2 km
- Grade: Easy paved paths, suitable for wheelchairs
- Dogs: On leash
- Toilets: Yes, well signposted within the town, within a minute of the town centre
KATIKATI TOWN MURALS
This walk is one of the easiest in New Zealand. Simply walk up and down the main street, past tempting cafes and shops. Rest with a gentleman permanently reading a newspaper or a replica kauri dam water feature. The town’s history is captured on walls with amusing notes and there are now over 44 art pieces on display and growing.
In the centre of Katikati is a small park providing a green oasis for families to relax and revive for the next adventure.
A bird sanctuary combined with mature plantings and wide meandering paths overlooking the inner harbour is a shady contrast to the beach. There are lily ponds, wetlands and approximately 1.5 km of paths. For mobility impaired there are golf carts available for hire. There is an onsite cafe
ARTS & CRAFTS
The town’s vibrant outdoor art gallery of murals and sculptures is a testament to the artists who call the area home. There are interesting pop up galleries, shops and crafty locations from Katikati to Te Puna. The Arts Junction is home to Katikati’s arts and information services including: – The Carlton Gallery with exhibitions changing fortnightly.
Katikati features a growing collection of other outdoor art. This growth will continue as Katikati Open-Air Art and the community plan more murals, more sculptures, and more festivals. Check out Katch Katikati online resource for up to date information around art openings, festivals and exhibitions.
TIP: Weekly market updates are well worth checking out.
WESTERN BAY MUSEUM
Katikati War Memorial Museum also known as Western Bay Museum is unmissable. The former bright red fire station is a contemporary museum and story place. Western Bay Museum has developed a series of interactive group experiences that bring storytelling to life. Perfect for schools, families with kids and anyone interested in heritage and history. The museum is managed by volunteers with donations welcome. Check for up to date opening hours to avoid disappointment.
Fairview Golf Club has 18 hole course over 60 hectares with a full length driving range, putting green, golf shop and welcomes casual visitors. There are sweeping views of the Kaimai Ranges. Café Nineteen is open every day for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Kauri Point, Ongare Point, and Tuapiro Point are all located on the same peninsula in the Tauranga Harbour, north of Katikati. A walkway along the coastal reserve joins Kauri Point and Ongare Point, and continues along the full length of both small settlements. There is little shade as the walks are in open countryside
Kauri Point jetty is a popular local spot for wharf fishing.The magnificent specimens of pohutukawa lining the shore are fabulous in spring / early summer with the characteristic red blooms, and, for heritage buff there are several pa fortification sites
WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY WALKS AND TRACKS BROCHURE
- Informative, excellent directions and tips on getting to each walk explained. Check the travel pack section for a copy of the brochure.
- 5,010 (2018)
- A classic summer destination with the added attraction of nearby forests, Tauranga and the beach offering something for everyone.
Every town adds to the richness of things to do and see. For more details about the region check Tauranga & Bay of Plenty Region nearby attractions and events.