Kawhia is a quiet, picturesque coastal community known for fishing, food and natural hot springs.
Kawhia
Kawhia Beach, Hamilton - Waikato

By Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

A Maori culture group performs at Kawhia Kai Festival.
Kawhia
Kawhia Kai Festival, Hamilton - Waikato

By Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

Kawhia

If low tide is late afternoon, Kawhia's hot water beach offers the rare experience of soaking in a sandy spa pool while you watch the sun go down.

The coastal village of Kawhia is a great fishing spot for holiday makers, with fishing tours available year-round. For much of the year, Kawhia is a peaceful, quiet place, with an increase in beach-goers arriving over summer.

One of Kawhia's claims to fame is the hot water spring on Ocean Beach. At low tide, geothermally heated water bubbles up through the black sand – you can dig your own bath. To find the springs, drive to the end of Te Puia Road and walk over the dunes.

If you're visiting in February, be sure to check out the Kawhia Kai Festival. Listed as one of the Lonely Planet's top 10 Maori experiences, the festival offers you the chance to try unique indigenous foods, including hangi food cooked in an earth oven.

Kawhia's harbour is a drowned river valley system on the Tasman Sea coast. The harbour entrance is guarded by a large sand bar - a feature of many harbours along the western coasts of New Zealand. The black sand ocean beach is pounded by ocean swells; the inner harbour is vast and tranquil.

On the northern shore of the inner harbour is the final resting place of Tainui Waka, the migration canoe of the Waikato Maori people. Two large upright stones mark the stern and prow of the buried canoe. You can visit these stones on the walk to Maketu Marae.

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Amblecote Homestay B&B - Accommodation in Oparau New Zealand
Oparau
078710508
Relax and enjoy the stunning local scenery, soak in the hot water springs at Kawhia, or simply "blob out" in our comfy lounge with one of our many books and an open fire if it is chilly. Plenty of living and outdoor space where you can be alone or spend some time with us. Join us for break... (more)
Kai Iwi Lakes Campground - Accommodation in Taharoa New Zealand
Taharoa
094390986
Come stay and play at Kai Iwi Lakes, Taharoa Domain, one of NZ's best holiday spots. Only 3hrs from Auckland, 35km from Dargaville, nestled amongst 538 hectares of premier recreation reserve are white sand fresh water dune lakes renowned for their jewel like beauty and clear waters. Per... (more)
Kawhia Beachside S-Cape & Kawhia Harbourview Cottages - Accommodation in Kawhia New Zealand
9.10 79 Reviews
Kawhia
078710727
Water's edge accommodation at affordable rates. Safe family-friendly camp. Kayak hire, BBQ and trampoline. Well-equipped communal kitchen, lounge with SKY, ablutions and laundry. 10 comfortable cabins, ideal for family/school/work groups.Studio and 1-2-bedroom self-contained motel units:1-... (more)
Kawhia Camping Ground - Accommodation in Kawhia New Zealand
Kawhia
078710863
A camping ground to relax in. Beware Kawhia's laid back ambiance is easy to get caught up in.Kawhia Camping Ground is a quiet camp that is in a sheltered position. A short walk along the Pohutukawa lined coast to town and around the corner from the harbour and boat ramp.Ocean Beach where t... (more)
Kawhia Motel - Accommodation in Kawhia New Zealand
Kawhia
078710865
6 harbourside units, central prime position adjacent to cafe, restaurants, bar & shops. 4 units sleep 2-3, 2 units sleep 4. All with kitchens. Hot springs on ocean beach. One Holiday house with four rooms sleep 8 person. Tariff: $129-$249, extra person $20. Peak rates. ... (more)
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