Part of Northern Hawke's Bay, the Mahia Peninsula is surrounded by the deep blue and crystal clear Pacific Ocean, which breaks onto a mix of black and white sandy and rocky beaches.
Mahia is an easy 90 minute drive north from Napier via Wairoa, Hawkes Bay’s northern most town. It is a mecca for outdoor activities like fishing, diving, kayaking and surfing.
Beaches worth visiting include the black sand of Black’s Beach, which on a clear day provides views across to Napier, Opoutama and Mahia Beach for excellent sheltered swimming spots. On the Gisborne side of the peninsula Mahanga Beach and The Reefs offer excellent surfing, sheltered coves and rock pools at low tide.
Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve is one of the last large tracts of lowland coastal forest remaining on the East Coast and the 3.5km loop track takes you through a range of native vegetation.
Mahia offers a wide range of accommodation. There are excellent camping spots at Mahia Beach and near Whangawehi Harbour on the eastern side. There are several B&Bs, homestays, farmstays and motels within the area. Mahia has a few dining options with the local pub, Sunset Point Sports Bar and Bistro, offering great seafood.
After a day on the golf course or the water, head inland via the Wairoa-Gisborne highway to the Morere Hot Springs. These are set in a nikau-predominant native bush reserve with superb walking tracks. After an easy or challenging bushwalk relax the muscles in one of several hot pools.