Mahia Peninsula

Mahia Peninsula is part of Northern Hawke’s Bay. It is surrounded by the deep blue Pacific Ocean, which breaks onto a mix of black and white sandy and rocky beaches. Mahia is a 45 minute drive north from Wairoa.

The peninsula has a number of beautiful beaches and peaceful holiday villages. It has an interesting mix of sandy and rocky beaches. This makes it a natural playground for people who like to surf, fish, dive, kayak and swim.

The Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve is one of the largest areas of lowland coastal forest in Eastland. This 374 hectare (935 acre) reserve is one of the last large tracts of lowland coastal forest remaining on the North Island’s east coast. A 3.5 kilometre track takes walkers through a range of different types of native vegetation – tawa, kohekohe, rewarewa, karaka, rimu, matai and kahikatea.

Piko O Te Rangi / Coronation Reserve is a place of special interest on the eastern side of the peninsula. It is home to a rock with a naturally formed basin. In early settlement times, it served as a font for Bishop William Williams as he baptised local  Māori. And many people believe bibles were stored in a nearby hole in the wall of rocks.