Friday, 9 June 2023

Visiting Maketu


Three of us headed off together yesterday and visited Maketu in the Bay of Plenty (about two hours from here).  

The weather was gorgeously sunny and we had great fun exploring the area.

Our first stop was the Kaituna River Mouth.  

The tide was full, and the fishermen were out in force (it is a very popular fishing place).

Nearer its source, the Kaituna River is much loved for whitewater rafting and kayaking.  It looks a bit more serene at this end!

This view is looking down the coastline towards Maketu village.  

Our next stop was beside the Waihi Estuary, a shallow intertidal body of water that provides many diverse habitats for wildlife.

There is a holiday park / camping ground here, as well as several holiday homes.

On the other side of the Estuary we could see the beachside village of Pukehina.

Back over the hill to Maketu village next, and we simply had to stop and enjoy the view below us.

Maketu beach, beside the Surf Club, was not busy although there were several surfers out enjoying the waves.

We visited the local café here and had an appetising lunch while enjoying the sunshine and stunning views out over the water.

At the Maketu Reserve there is an area set aside for Freedom Camping, and beside it there is an Outdoor Gym.  

All three of us decided exercise was not needed after our delicious meal – we all felt more inclined to have a short nap!

All in all, it was a most enjoyable day out.


Margaret 😊




  1. Oh, I love Maketu. We used to go swimming there often when we were kids . Now my brother lives there. Fantastic fish and chips, and Maketu pies .
    My parents used to live at Pukehina and that's where we stayed when we were last in NZ. Two favourite places.
    Thanks for the photos.

  2. It sounds like a lovely outing, Margaret. A nap after lunch would have been nice I bet. What a gorgeous area. The blues of sea and sky are uplifting!

  3. Sounds, and looks, as though you had a wonderful day Margaret. That is a beautiful part of the Bay of Plenty

  4. Apart from the beauty of the place, some of the names are downright intriguing!

    1. Most of the place names in this region have Maori origins.

  5. Quite the fun day out and about! Love the scenery!

  6. Stunning views but not a single placename that F is familiar with - something that she will have to remedy in due course. (She is still in love with the Castle Hill photo tough.). xxx Mr T

  7. What a lovely place to visit. So many scenic views (I like the cows that snuck into one of your pics). GM

  8. Big, big WOW on this! Thank you for sharing this wonderful day! x

  9. Been a few years since I've visited here, when we lived in Tauranga we had a day trip out there. It's a nice spot.

  10. Oh it looks so pretty and peaceful...what a wonderful way to spend time. I love the Maketu village photo...I could just sit there and take it all in.

  11. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures, it must have been a great day out!

  12. I'm very late in getting to comment. Your photos make me want to take another road trip down the east coast. Such a beautiful part of the world and your photos are stunning. Hope you are well.


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