What to do in Mahia

Mahia is our own little piece of paradise but we are ready to share it with you.
Mahia is an hour south of Gisborne or two hours north of Napier. It's a great place to spend a day or two ' or a couple of weeks if you make the time.

Mahia has the best golden beaches for so far each way that it doesn't matter. Wherever the weather is coming from there's always a sheltered corner. The Opoutama beach is a five kilometre long crescent of sand to the beach settlement of Mahia Beach. To the north an even longer beach connects Mahanga on the mainland with the peninsula.

Head further out to Mahia's northern coastline where one little cove after another lies separated by an unique series of rocky reef.

There is a dairy at Morere, Nuhaka, Opoutama, Mahia Beach and Te Mahia, so if you forget your lunch there's no question of starving in the wilderness.

And there's the whole Pacific Ocean beckoning. Mahia is a popular haunt for divers, boaties, surfers, yachties, and wind surfers. And at the end of the day walk along the beach, watch the sunset, then the moon, rise out of the sea and you'll agree with us ' it's paradise found!

Activities for the individuals:


  • Take your child fishing. Enter the 'Take a Kid Fishing competition'
  • The great fishing spots for kids include: Snapper Rock, Whangawehi jetty, Mokotahi point, Oraka lagoon
  • Paua hunting along both coast lines of the peninsula
  • Experience Pipi & Tuatuaing gathering at Mahia Beach on low tide, oraka lagoon and Mahanga
  • Spend time in the clear white sand building sand-castles. Enter the sandcastle competition on the main Mahia Beach & also the famous big dig competition early January which keeps children occupied for hours
  • Hire a kayak ' the sea is so safe, paddle to Waikokopu
  • For the water lovers the numbers of activities are endless ' waterskiing, boogie boarding, sea biscuiting, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding. The ocean at Mahia is like the biggest swimming pool ever
  • Swimming & playing in the blue lake/lagoon at Mahanga. Jump from the tree into the water. Loads of fun!


  • Unlimited number of beaches to swim, play and take a picnic too. Take your choice: Blacks beach, Blue Bay, Mahia Beach, Taylors Bay, Oraka, Crusher Point, The cactus,
  • Whangawehi, Dinahs and beyond. Every beach has its own attributes.
  • Mahia Seaside Markets every sunday during the peak summer period. All local arts/crafts and fresh produce.
  • Take the family to the Morere Hot pools with a picnic & enjoy a day of swimming in the hot springs & the morere scenic reserve. Also BBQ facilities provided.
  • Great biking tracks for all age levels. Tarseal roads, farmland and gravel. The choice is yours
  • Tennis court and playground at the Opoutama school for all age groups to enjoy
  • Marae visits & experience the Mahia culture by attending a marae dinner (held regularly throughout the year)


  • Tramping, walking, running through the Mahia Peninsula scenic reserve
  • Farm walks
  • Visit the Paua Farm & giftshop at Nuhaka (only 10 min drive from Mahia Beach)
  • Diving & Fishing charters available
  • Enjoy a coffee at the local Mahia Caf'
  • Paua & crayfish diving
  • Enjoy a pint or a glass of wine at the local tavern and restaurant
  • Interaction with the local community & experience the Mahia village atmosphere

And much much more.........