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5 fun things to do in Te Puke where to go and what to see

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In a day what to do in Te Puke

On holiday in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui or Bay of Plenty, consider a day trip to Te Puke. The area is a great place for a holiday year round with shopping for kiwi infused confectionery, exploring a Christmas market or indulging in honey treats at Honeybee. The next big thing is an enormous gold kiwifruit hinting at the rich horticultural bounty of avocado orchards and citrus groves dotting the landscape. It is the perfect selfie location for instagram fans. Start the day with a visit to a working kiwifruit orchard, sample the goodness of kiwifruit ice cream and finish the day with your backpack stuffed with goodies for a walk to a waterfall swimming hole. For more holiday attractions check TAURANGA / MT MAUNGANUI travel guide.



THE TRADING POST is a French bistro style brunch / lunch destination. The Trading Post is a casual restaurant / cafe offering brunch & dinner. Set in a historical farm cottage in rural Te Puke with a cosy garden and a fireplace inside. The attractive setting is a great place to relax and enjoy the ambiance.

The Daily Cafe

The ideal place for families, plus the feel good factor of the ethos behind The DAILY CAFE.

The Search Party Charitable Trust runs the café on a not-for-profit basis, and all income is invested back into helping local Te Puke residents and organisations. The Daily is often transformed into a communal kitchen to make cottage pies to give away as crisis meals, and free pizza nights are held to feed those in need.

  1. Kiwifruit Country | Bay Of Plenty | Paengaroa

Kiwifruit thrives in the Bay of Plenty. The unique combination of a temperate climate, close proximity to the ocean, volcanic ash soils and landforms make this the ideal place to grow kiwifruit. Over 80% of kiwifruit grown in New Zealand starts its life in the Bay of Plenty. The 60 hectare ‘Longridge Orchard’ has over 30 canopy hectares of Zespri Green and Zespri Gold kiwifruit. As you stand under the canopy of kiwifruit you hear about what it is like to have an orchard and how kiwifruit gets from the orchard to your plate. A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s horticulture industry.

  1. Te Puna Quarry Park – Open all day, every day. Free admission is a magical garden constructed in a former quarry site.  There is something for everyone’s imagination with an enormous dragon lounging on the steps and a glossy weta intent on surprising among the depths of the ferns or perhaps the frog poised to jump into the pond.  There are  ponds, tree ferns, cymbidium orchids naturalised on trees, fences and punga stumps, native tree plantings and exotics such as vireya rhododendrons. A special moment for gardening buffs is the wild garden rich in spectacular contrasts.

Everyone needs a selfie with an enormous gold kiwifruit and Te Puke has a giant kiwifruit sculpture, Kiwi360 for the obligatory photo moment.  Then it’s onto a kiwifruit orchard tour, Kiwifruit Tours, where year round visitors are introduced to the complexities of growing, harvesting and exporting one of New Zealand’s horticultural mainstays.  Fascinating and there are kiwifruit treats to sample after the tour.


Do you believe in magic? Angela Thomson certainly does, and it’s her mission to bring joy to anyone who steps through her Te Puke store’s front door. The Christmas Magic Makers store on Jellicoe St is guaranteed to put a smile on your face from the moment you walk inside. “That’s what it’s meant to do,” Angela explains.“There’s too much unhappiness in the world so I wanted to create something magical. And magic is year round which is even better.


Waterfall fans rejoice that there is a trek to Kaiate falls to pop into the day’s sightseeing. Kaiate Falls (also referred to by its Maori name “Te Rerekawau ” or “Te Rere Kawau ” as well as Te Rerekawau Falls) was actually a pair of impressive waterfalls.

Kaiate Falls, New Zealand @annettsphotos
Kaiate Falls @annettsphotos

Te Puke to Kaiate Waterfalls

The walking tracks are well formed, although quite steep in some places. The main track leads to the top, and then to the base of the upper series of falls before continuing downhill to the lower falls. Another track, just below the car park, follows the stream back to the road bridge. Track junctions are well sign-posted. There is a swimming hole at the base of the track

  • Length: 2km
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Grade: Medium (steps)
  • Toilets: Yes, at the car park
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes, a great place to take your dog.

NOTE: Comvita experience and cafe has closed.

Getting there

28 km from Tauranga


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