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Take a dip in the sea or set up a picnic at the popular Maraetai Beach, which means ‘marae (meeting place) by the beach’ in te reo Māori. After, get some fresh air (and fresh views) at Ōmana Regional Park, ranging from a 10-minute clifftop stroll to the 1.5-hour Beachlands-Maraetai Walkway. The clifftop campground at Ōmana Regional Park is especially popular for parking for the night.
What about an epic self-guided kayaking trip? The Te Ara Moana, meaning the ‘sea-going pathway’, was one of the routes used by early Māori to transport goods and kai between settlements.
Duder Regional Park is a must-see for families, photographers and hikers, if only for the pōhutukawa -fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula from which this area gets its name. In the 14th century, the Tainui waka (canoe) landed on these shores for refuge after a storm. The crew that moored and dined on the peninsula’s fruit are the ancestors of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki iwi.
Enjoy incredible views with turquoise water, rolling farmland and cute sheep. There are serene little beaches too, a most fitting reward for those willing to venture to them. Short on time? Pop over to Umupuia Beach, a gorgeous spot to post up for the arvo.
Heading inland at Umupuia Beach, get a taste of the country by stopping by Clevedon. Grab a bite to eat in the village or enjoy an array of artisan provisions at the famous Clevedon Village Farmers’ Markets.
While the sea is the leading lady of this coastline, there are non-beachy gems too. Golf with a view at Rydges Formosa Golf Resort or amble through sweeping lawns and water features at Ayrlies Garden & Wetland, located near Whitford.
Location Te wāhi
Pohutukawa CoastPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Start your trip at Whitford, located 30-45 minutes by car from the city. Follow the shoreline to Maraetai Coast Road, turning inland at Umupuia Beach to get to Clevedon via North Road.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
See the coastline lit up with glorious red blooms in mid to late December, which is peak flowering time for the iconic pōhutukawa tree.