Stay at backpackers accomodation as it is of a good standard and you meet so many interesting people from many countries.
Fondest memory: The south island is spectacular.Join the postboat around the fjords.Walk on the Glaciers.Powerboat down the shotover river near Queenstown.Sample the varied foods from many countries. The Coromandel coast on the east of the North Island is beautiful paticularly Waikato.
Tairua is a small seaside resort and fishing village on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula with a delightful, though decidedly tidaly affected, harbour linked by two sandy white beaches. A headland island with a sharp peak named Paku, which is joined by a sand dune, stands at the harbour heads. Tairua is a favourite holiday/vacation resort of many New Zealanders who have holiday homes around the harbour and on the surrounding hillsides. The ocean to the east , the mountains of the Coromandel to the west and dozens of idyllic white sandy beaches to the north and south.
The road in can, at times, be blocked by the weather. Though this usually only happens a couple of times per annum, it might pay to check before you go.
It's still small enough to be a little rustic and I vividly remember going to the Bowling Club one night for dinner and the chef came out and sat with us to have a chat.
Non-locals tend to stand out here even though the village depends to some degree on tourism.
Fondest memory: We had the good fortune to stay on the side of Paku, whose steep hill has a summit with unmatched views on the Coromandel Peninsula, a bold statement indeed.
The first afternoon I climbed to the top and soaked up the view while the sun set, an experience I can wholly recommend. I would also recommend the sunrise but, during the next two days we were there, the weather was decidedly unfavourable and I never did get to the top again.
I thoroughly recommend that you visit the Coromandel Peninsular. Please take a look at my Coromandel page and read more.
A three hour drive from Auckland to the South East, depending on which part of the peninsular that you want to go.
Take a look also, at my Whangamata page.
You can also read about other Coromandel areas via the region pages.
Fondest memory: Here you cannot miss the beaches, the small towns and also the lovely natural bush. The terrain here is very interesting but very unforgiving, so be extremely careful if you do go trekking. Be careful also in the water. You must respect the tides and the dangers with coastal swimming and boating. Drowning is the most common cause of deaths by accident in New Zealand.