Katikati, New Zealand

Katikati is located on the North Island and close to the Tauranga Harbour.  It is a fairly new town as far as its settlement history is concerned.  It was not until 1875 when George Vesey Stewart led the first group of settlers to this part of New Zealand and a second group soon followed in 1878.  There were some notable disputes with the Maori people but the land was subsequently given to the Irish settlers.

Katikati Murals and history

One of the main features of this town that makes it so original and interesting to visit is the various murals.  You can visit the I-Centre for more information on the history of these murals and you can see them for yourself just by taking a walk along the town's main street.

The Historical Athenree Homestead is the best place for any first time visitor.  Here you can learn all about the local history and the lives of those who once lived in this very homestead.

The Katikati Heritage Museum is operated by enthusiastic volunteers and, along with the educational and informative displays, visitors can also come here to enjoy a meal or light snack.

Given its location, visitors can expect to find a number of lovely local beaches as well.  One of the best things about New Zealand is the weather.  What may seem like a cloudy day can clear up in an instant and the summer rain is usually light and doesn't last long at all.

Outdoor sights and activities

The Katikati Bird Gardens is a garden and bird sanctuary all in one.  It is located on the edge of the Tauranga Harbour and many visitors come here to enjoy the greenery along with the gallery, gift shop and a light treat at the coffee shop.

The Athenree Hot Springs is another top place for locals and tourists alike.  It is fairly close to a number of local hotels and accommodation facilities so, if you plan your stay just right, you can visit these relaxing hot water baths as much as you like.  There are also pools suitable for children which makes it the perfect spot for the whole family.

If you fancy a walk outside, the Haiku Pathway is perfect.  With the gentle sound of the river's flowing waters keeping you company, you can walk at your own pace and even stop to enjoy some poetry along the way.  In addition, there are picnic areas and places for children to play.