Local and Regional Events and Activities
While based at the Katikati Motel there are plenty of activities to keep everyone interested. Katikati is the gateway to the Bay of Plenty, approximately 2 hours from Auckland and Taupo, 90 minutes from Hamilton and Rotoura, and the Coromandel Peninsula is 30 minutes away. Katikati is a wonderful place to stop and rest, before visiting the many spectacular North Island attractions.
Local Foods in Katikati
Every Friday afternoon from 4pm till 6pm, at the Katikati A & P Show grounds, you will find an excellent range of local foods and produce for sale at the KatiKati Farmers’ Market. One of our favourites is a visit to Breads NZ where they will make to order sourdough pizza, assembled and cooked there in front of you, in their clay oven. You will also find local olive oil, cheese, bacon, fish, fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and plants. It is a very lively and friendly market to visit.
On Saturday morning you can visit the excellent Tauranga Farmers’ Market, which runs from 7.45am to 12noon at Tauranga Primary School, on Cameron Rd, between Arundel St,and 5th Avenue. This market offers local conventionally and organically produced fruit, vegetables, meat, cheeses, oils, herbs, and so much more.
The Waihi Beach Fresh Produce Market is held on Sunday morning, from 9am until 12 noon, opposite the Waihi Beach Hotel.
Katikati Cuisine Food Trail
Their website says it better than I could!
“Nestled into the coastline, Katikati is the northern gateway to the Bay of Plenty. From hills to harbour, it is no more than a 10 minute drive. Sitting at the foothills of the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park and dipping its toes into the Tauranga harbour, you will discover Katikati has an amazing array of artisan producers and wonderful food grown from our fertile land and pristine waters.
Intended for self-drive visitors we are also able to assist with organizing groups and tours to explore what the area has to offer. Enjoy the easy going pace of the country side and discover small town New Zealand at its best.
Designed to take you from plant to plate, you can gather your seed and edible plants, discover our fresh seasonal produce and gather up armfuls of cheese, salami, breads, and goodies to take away with you during your visit. Whether it’s a day trip out, or a weekend away, it’s all here in Katikati.”
These are true local food producers to be proud of, and the effort, love, sweat and determination they put into their products shows in the quality of the items they each produce.
Henri & Megan Saurat will instruct you on how to make your own sour dough bread, gluten free bread and goodies, while having fun at their home just north of Katikati. Stay with us while you are doing your course with BreadNZ and we will give you a discount on your unit.
Visit Kings Seeds onsite at 189 Wharawhara Road, Katikati every Friday morning from 9am to 12 noon. They often have demonstrations on a Friday morning giving you great tips on growing great plants. They have been supplying NZ since 1978. When done at Kings Seeds head off on Katikati’s Cuisine Trail.
Smokey Smoke Seafood:
Purveyors of smoked fish and seafood products prepared in a quality controlled environment by Smokey’s Smoked Fish & Seafoods of Katikati, complying with the strict requirements of food Safety. You will find them at Unit 3, 60 Marshall Road, Katikati or on a Friday at the Katikati Farmers Market.
Katikati Frantoio Limited:
Frantoio Ltd is found at 117 Lindemann Road, RD1 Katikati. Bert is now regarded as one of New Zealand authorities in the special craft of growing and pressing olives. Every bottle of Viridis Grove extra virgin olive oil reflects his passion and dedication. He can be found at the Katikati Farmers Market every Friday.
Wyn & Chris Daniell supply us at the Katikati Motel with their awesome dark chocolate cover macadamias as a welcome treat to our guests. These are also for sale at the motel if you really enjoy them, (as you will). Harbourside Macadamias can be found at 402 Matahui Road, Katikati.
A most unusual company, they grow Vanilla in Tonga and processes them in Te Puna just 10km south of us. They are not set up for tours but their products are available from;
Mr McGregors Fruit Shop, 515 Main Rd, RD2, Te Puna
Village Pantry, 7 Clark Rd, RD2, Te Puna.
Vanilla like everything is a factor of quality and at Heilala quality is their middle name. We have been enjoying their quality vanilla since seeing a wonderful “Country Calendar” show on this exceptional company.
Mount Eliza Cheese Ltd:
Mount Eliza Cheese Ltd is in the hills behind Katikati, where they have created a small artisan creamery where there is a revival of the age-old art of making cloth-ripened hard cheeses. Chris & Jill Whalley can be found at 266 Hot Springs Road RD 2, Katikati or again at the Katikati Farmers Market on a Friday afternoon.
Can be found at the Katikati Farmers Market on a Friday afternoon, Rosemary & Greg are based at 340 Matahui Road,RD2,Katikati. Their honey bees are dedicated to pollinating kiwifruit (gold & green) and avocados in the Katikati area. They collect 5 types of honey: Avocado, Rewarewa, Tawari, Pohutukawa & Pasture. Also collect Manuka and Pasture honey from the East cape & Central North Island. All of their honey is totally unprocessed honey, it is raw (not pasteurized or heat treated) and therefore still contains all its enzymes. None of this honey is creamed; it is just as the bees would eat it!! Eating local honey may help with the control of allergies. We love the “Tawari” honey on our toast for breakfast.
Outdoor Activities near Katikati
There are plenty of opportunities for the avid fisherman, from the ocean beaches and harbour shore, to fly fishing in the local freshwater rivers, or for the more adventurous, deep-sea charter fishing trips:
Gardens to visit
The climate of the Bay of Plenty is perfect for year-round gardening, and the region boasts many beautiful gardens open to the public – check the dates and opening times – some are by appointment only.
Burr-wood Country Gardens can be found at 449 Lund Rd R.D.2, Katikati. Lund Rd is approximately 4 kms south of Katikati, opposite the Pacifica Resort Golf course. Burr-wood is 4.49 kms up Lund Rd on the left. Gardens can visited by the public by appointment.
Homewood Garden: 55 Pukakura Rd, RD 2, Katikati. These gardens are only open by appointment from August till the middle of May
Katikati Bird Gardens are beautiful gardens and have an amazing collection of different birds. I love peacocks & doves, and here they are roaming free.
Te Puna Quarry Park is a beautiful peaceful place to go for a picnic, with walking tracks, views, ponds, an amphitheater, and a beautiful butterfly terrace. With beautiful outdoor art to explore, sensory gardens, and waterways, this converted disused quarry is a festival for the senses. Look out for the special events at the Quarry!
The Coromandel and Waihi regions have a long history of gold mining
Tramping / Hiking / Walking
Within the Western Bay of Plenty are there are many different levels and types of walking trails. These range from the gentle Katikati Haiku Pathway to adventurous over-night tramping in the mountains.
The Haiku Trail.
Is very popular in NZ. The Kaimai-Mamaku forest parks covers 37000 ha (92500 acres) offering a great variety of tramps from a couple of hours easy walking to over-nighting in DOC (Department of Conservation) huts, depending on your fitness and ability level, and time. DOC has a wonderful series of huts that trampers can use:
Many of the tracks are easily accessed from SH 2, SH 26 and SH 29.
Walking times vary:
● Kaimai Summit Loop Track – 20 minutes
● Rapurapu Track – 2.5 hours
● Henderson Tramline Loop Track – 4 hours
● Dalys Clearing Loop Track – 4 hours
● Waitawheta Tramway walk – 8 hours
Warning: before beginning any walk (no matter how short), plan your trip, take suitable shoes and clothing, food and water, and always tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to return. Stay on the marked trails and keep an eye on the weather, particularly as the weather in the hills can change rapidly, without warning. NZ has an extremely efficient volunteer Land Search and Rescue organisation but they won’t be able to rescue you if they don’t know where you are.
The Kaimai-Mamaku forest park also has great hunting, although a permit must be obtained in advance (by calling Tauranga DOC office on 07 578 7677) and all hunters must have a current NZ firearms licence. Hunting permits are available free of charge, and can be requested over the phone and posted out to you. Please allow five working days for processing. Plan your trip well, be prepared for all weather events, and ensure you have left detailed directions of your route and when you expect to return with a contact person.
Twenty minutes south of Katikati is the Waiora river, home of great water adventure
The Bay of Plenty has become a region of interest for serious wine buffs.
Morton Estate Cellar
Is 10 minutes south of Katikati on SH 2. While most of the grape growing for Morton Estate has moved to the Hawkes Bay and Marlborough regions, the winery and bottling for Morton Estate remains at the Katikati cellars.
Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant is 30 minutes south of Katikati, at Bethlehem on the outskirts of Tauranga: 143 Moffat Road, Bethlehem.
ND Kiwi Tours hires out bikes and can do transportation to the the location.
“The Redwoods”, NZ’s mountain biking mecca, is less than 2 hours away, on the southern outskirts of Rotorua. The extensive array of tracks weave under magnificent towering forest canopies of redwood, radiata pine & douglas fir. There are well-signposted trails to suit all levels of ability. “The Redwoods” is a place where the whole family can enjoy a ride in the forest together.
Hauraki Rail Trail Ltd.
The Hauraki Rail Trail will be a 2-day ride, making it an ideal weekend experience. It will be accessible from Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, (only 20 minutes north on SH 2 from Katikati Motel) or Te Aroha, and the trail also offers a range of shorter riding options, including day rides. The trail showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, rich in pioneering history. A major highlight will include riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 Wonders of New Zealand”.
Sapphire Springs Holiday Park, 274 Hot Springs Road, Katikati, is 10 minutes south of us, and open to the public. This park is in a bush setting, pure, natural thermal hot springs (temperature usually at a constant 32 degrees Celsius), with a BBQ area beside the pools.
Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park also is open to the public daily for a soak in their natural hot pools from 10:00am until 7:30pm daily. Last public admissions to the pools is 7:00pm.
General Information Sites
Katikati Mural Town – A great resource for local history & activities
Katch Katikati – Innovative organisation supporting the business community and community in general towards a progressive lifestyle for all in Katikati
Katikati Folk Club accommodates a broad range of musical styles and genres and the music varies from concert to concert – from traditional folk to bluegrass, a cappella to blues, solo performers to 7-piece line-ups … and everything in-between.
Te Puke – The Kiwifruit Capital
Rotorua – Thermal Attractions, Gondola Rides, Agridome, and more
Matamata – Home of Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
Other Useful Information
Getting to and from Katikati
Tauranga Airport; Jean Batten Drive, phone 07-575-2456 is situated at Mount Maunganui. There is a café and some visitor information but no tourist office.
A taxi to downtown Tauranga or a shuttle can be pre-arranged with ND Kiwi Tours Ltd Phone 07-549-0385 for transfer to Katikati.
Air New Zealand flies daily direct to Tauranga from Auckland and Wellington flights from Auckland to Tauranga take 35 to 40 minutes.
Sunair Aviation is a Tauranga based airline offering daily flights between centers including Gisborne, Napier Whitianga & Great Barrier. Sunair will also charter a plane to go anywhere, just call and ask for a quote. 0800-sunair(786247)
Intercity Coachlines; from Auckland city to Katikati takes 3 hours 24 minutes but only costs $22 and stops on the main street outside the i-site.
Naked Bus; from Auckland to Katikati tickets can be as low as $13 one way.
Magic Bus; is a hop on hop off bus for young and young at heart travelers around NZ. My husband and I traveled around the South Island for our honeymoon in 1996 with Magic Bus and loved it.
If travelling by road check out the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) website for up to date road conditions for getting to Katikati or motorists and the public can phone the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) free phone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or 0800 44 44 49 to get the latest road conditions.
From Auckland; Katikati is an easy 167km from downtown Auckland along State Highway (SH) 2, the road takes you over the Hauraki Plains, to world famous in NZ Paeroa, the home of the iconic NZ drink “Lemon & Paeroa”, then on through the Karangahake Gorge to Waihi, a gold mining town with a great history, then heading south on SH 2 to Katikati.
From the Coromandel; head south on the “Pacific Coast Highway to Waihi and turn south on SH 2 for Tauranga and 25 km south of Waihi is Katikati approx. 20 minutes.
From the Wellington; it is a 547 km to Katikati taking approx. 7 ½ hours. There are lots of stop off points along the way but follow the SH to Bulls then Taupo, Putaruru then Tauranga and north to Katikati.
From Rotoura; Takes approx 1.5 hours. Take Fairy Springs Rd to Ngongotaha Rd, stay on this road and go through Ngongotaha then about 4.4km turn left onto the State Highway 36 on to Tauranga. Follow signs to Tauranga and then turn onto State Highway 29 (Hamilton), after 0.9 Km go right onto Cambridge Rd, sign posted for Auckland & Waihi. Follow signs to Bethlehem and then left on to State Highway 2 sign posted for Waihi & Auckland. See you in Katikati.
From Whakatane; it is 127km from Whakatane to Katikati approx. 2 hours, following the signs for SH 2 through to Tauranga and north to Katikati.