Visit Mahia, Hawke’s Bay, NZ

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  • Mahia Beach is about an hour’s drive south from the city of Gisborne, or two hours north from Napier. It is a small seaside village popular for relaxing holidays, and a great place for surfing, kayaking and fishing. The peninsula has a shallow lagoon safe for young children.

    Mahia Peninsula, separating two great bays, is a rocky island joined to the mainland by sand. Around 7 miles (11 Km) wide, it projects about 13.5 miles (22 Km) into the Pacific Ocean, Its greatest attraction is the many golden beaches and coves; some are renowned in New Zealand for their surf breaks. The waves and currents can be dangerous. But the main beaches are patrolled in summer by a surf lifesaving club.

    Travellers to the district can enjoy food and hospitality at country vineyards, and visit a market, playground, tennis court, golf course, or native forest reserve.

    Accommodation in Mahia (NZ)

    Mahia has a wide selection of holiday homes, self-contained apartments, cottages and waterfront baches to rent. The town has no hotels, but offers luxury lodge or bed and breakfast style accommodation, as well as a holiday park for camping or caravans and motorhomes.

    Transport around Mahia

    The best ways to travel to Mahia are by bus/coach, rental or motor home. Transport to nearby attractions is usually provided by tour operators.

    Tourist Activities at Mahia

    Mahia is very popular for water sports such sailing, windsurfing, kite-boarding, wake-boarding and kayaking. The Peninsula is renowned for its surf breaks, and hosts occasional surfing competitions.

    Mahia Scenic Reserve is an example of preserved, native New Zealand forest. It has a number of walking tracks for day-trips, as well as more challenging hiking trails.

    Two crescent-shaped beaches over 5 km long are ideal for romantic walks and picnics. Mountain biking trails enable travel further afield. For soothing the muscles, there are natural hot pool spas  nearby.

    Fishing and diving charters around the peninsula are not to be missed for the rich marine life and fascinating reefs.

    Mahia boats a 9-hole golf course with popular twilight tournaments in summer.

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