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Welcome Back - to Maketū

Attractions - Guided Tours

Maketu in the Bay of Plenty, is a place of profound scenery and wonderful colour. As a visitor and meeting with tangata whenua (locals) you come to realise the importance of value and respect for their place. There are a number of landmark features, street and place names that are steeped in history dating back to the origins of the first original migrants, their journeys of settlement and eventual occupation. Take a short 40 minute guided tour and get first hand a history lesson you develop a relationship and deep sense of belonging with Maketu that will stay with you long after your visit. We were well looked after and the hospitality is extraordinary. I was later informed that our guide was in fact a descendant of the very people he spoke about, not the usual and he kept our group entertained and with his old time story telling mixed with the present the time passed by very quickly.

Taste Local Cuisine - Seaside Cafe

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Treat yourself to a dining experience at the covered deck of the Seaside Cafe where you cannot help take in the panoramic views of the coast that stretches in a great curving arc of sand and sea spray towards the peak of Mauao at Mount Maunganui, and further northwards to the Coromandel.  Inland, there are views across green rolling dairying country to Mount Edgecumbe, Tarawera, and the Kaimai Ranges.  As our guide said the name Maketu is a reminder of an occupied area from the island of Raiatea or Rangiātea, in the Polynesian homeland known as Hawaiki , where according to Maori tradition, waka set off bound for New Zealand. And yes, you will find some of the traditional foods like kumara and other delicacies on the menu. It is truly one of the attractions if you take a short day trip, or a more relaxing evening meal. I was told by our host diners come from as far away as Rotorua, Tauranga only half an hour away and even Auckland, a three hour drive.  

Local Business - Maketu Pies


Maketu is also the home town of the iconic Maketu Pies. This is where my favourite pie is made and with local staff of more than 40, they churning out tens of thousands of pies for sale all over the North Island and staff tell me Maketu pies are available for sale in Australia. There are 22 different varieties, ranging from the ever popular cheese and mince to the more exotic mussel, lamb & mint, bacon & egg, and smoked fish. The pie factory is less than 5minutes walk from the cooler sea breeze and grassy knolls and well worth a visit.

There’s plenty to do in Maketu, besides eat. The village is located on Okurei Point with its own surf club, the sandy beaches provide good swimming, surfing, fishing, and shellfish gathering, and if you dress with appropriate footwear, fit and energetic there is a wonderful 90minute walk along the rocky shore line of Okurei point there you will discover wildlife and great rock pools to explore.

Family Fun - Kiwi 360 Experience

kiwi 360 tourist attraction

As a visitor you must drive up Town Point Road to the hill above Maketu, to find spectacular views and popular Briar’s Seaside Rides, which offers horse treks across rolling green farmland with dazzling views out over the whole Bay of Plenty. Finally when leaving Maketu behind and only minutes away by car are two of the biggest local attractions – the Kiwifruit theme park of Kiwi 360, and natural health products company Comvita, both have excellent visitor information centre and again well worth a visit.

Maketu has much to offer and waits to fill your basket of simple, yet affordable pleasures on the Bay of Plenty coast.