Near the mouth of the Kaituna River, the town of Maketu is a significant site in New Zealands history. A memorial on the foreshore commemorates the beach as the original landing place of the Arawa canoe during early Maori migration from Hawaiki. Fishing, paddle boarding, swimming and watching deep fiery sunsets are a highlight there. Newdicks Beach, also in Maketu, is lined with Pohutukawa trees and is aesthetically different with its boulders and rocky cliff faces. This is a popular surf spot and a great place to dig for mussels.
535 Papamoa Beach Road, Papamoa, Rotorua