Mahia Beach is a relaxed, family friendly paradise set on the stunning Mahia Peninsula in northern Hawke's Bay.
Mahia translates to 'murmur' or 'indistinct sound'. In its full form, Te Mahia mai Tawhiti means “the murmuring of home”. This rather romantic name refers to the immutable echo of the ocean, a sound that permeates the small settlement. For decades, the breathtaking scenery has made Mahia a favourite holiday spot for many families and individuals.
Mahia township has a permanent population of around 500 people, but this number increases significantly over summer. Mahia Beach has no Surf Life Saving Club but the beach is generally safe and relatively shallow - making it very child-friendly.
There is plenty to do in the area including golf, tramping and hiking, fishing and surfing.
If you're feeling active, get your walking shoes on and head up to the Mokotahi Lookout, at the top of the beautiful Mokotahi Hill at the far end of the beach.
And if you're lucky, you might even see a rocket or two taking off......