The volcanic peak, Paku, and offshore views of the jagged Aldermen Islands (pic 3) are the natural focal points of the Tairua area. Paku is a must-climb if you get here. It offers one of the finest panoramas in New Zealand.
Large areas south of the river, between Pauanui and Wharekawa Harbour (Opoutere), are dominated by exotic forests. North of Tairua is the rugged coastal area of Sailors Grave (pic 4) - an area for a fine half day coastal walk.
Inland, the Tairua River runs to the sea from its source in the Coromandel Range, snaking through historical Broken Hills on its journey before reaching the tidal flats. I seem to remember taking a couple of snaps of the town but they've been misplaced. Still, I hope this gives you an idea of how beautiful the place is.
The town itself is village size but there's accommodation, restaurants and, hopefully, a place for petrol. One we tried was on the verge of closing the next week.
This is a place for those who want a laid-back holiday. There's walking, some sports, water activities and a few other things to do but you'll not find a theme park or such here.