North Island's West Coast Sights

Kawhia

  • Beach–Sight

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

With time on your hands, explore the road from Raglan to this isolated coastal settlement 55 km (34 miles) to the south. It's a remote country route through forest and farmland, skirting the eastern flank of Mt. Karioi and passing the turnoff for Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls, but much of the road is gravel. The little-developed region is steeped in the past: this was where the Tainui people, the region's earliest Polynesian settlers, first landed after their arduous sea voyage. Beside Kawhia Wharf, the Kawhia Regional Museum Gallery and Information Centre interprets this long history (open 11 to 4 daily). What those in the know come for, however, are the Te Puia hot springs at Ocean Beach, east of town. There's road access to the beach (or it's a two-hour walk from Kawhia). Ask a friendly local for directions. You can find the springs only by digging into the sand a couple of hours either side of low tide, so check the tide tables in Raglan before you set off.

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, 3889, New Zealand

Published 08/30/2016

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