Explore Kuaotunu

A classic Coromandel coastal village with a laid back atmosphere.

Kuaotunu's white sandy beach just beckons you to stretch your legs for a stroll or to take a dip into the ocean and enjoy the magnificent view out to sea. You can also have the luxury of sitting back, enjoying the views and chilling out with a coffee, beer, wine, pizza or an ice cream in the village – you can take your pick.

All About Kuaotunu

Kuaotunu Mercury Bay

How to get there

By car

  • Kuaotunu is 18km north of Whitianga. Take State Highway 25 (Kuaotunu Wharekaho Road), turn onto Blackjack Road to get to the village area.

Other transport

See the Getting Around Guide for a range of options.


Things to do for the kids

Head to the beach for a swim and some time honored sandcastle building. At each end of the beach there are great opportunities to hunt for sea life in the rock pools and to collect small ‘gem’ stones and special seashells. The estuary near the village end of the beach provides safe swimming for small children.

Where to grab a bite and drink

Grab a table with a view at fully licensed Luke’s Kitchen or the Art Gallery and Coffee shop that share their seating areas. You have the choice of treating yourself to a wood fired pizza (gluten free available), wrap, tasty treats, snacks beer or a mean locally made Coffee La La. The General Store serves the famous Kuaotunu Killer ice cream, which is a challenge, and a lot of fun to finish eating.

Places to stay

Check out a range of options in our Accommodation Guide.

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Shopping

See the local shops and services available in Kuaotunu below.

Must Do's

  • Walk the length of the beach and check out the local boats using the boat ramp at Quarry Point.
  • Peruse the local gallery in the coffee shop and select a wee treasure to purchase.
  • Visit Otama and Opito beaches via the Blackjack Road.- travel the classic windy gravel roads to reach some of the areas most stunning long white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Great beaches for walking, snorkelling or swimming.

Local Tips

  • Enjoy the local vibe and check out a live gig at Luke’s Kitchen over the summer period.
  • Look out for local produce such as avocados from a stall on the side of the road.
  • Rings Beach Walkway – there are three different entry points for this walk – Rings Beach East, Rings Beach West and Matarangi. In the regenerating bush behind Rings Beach there is an easy two-hour walking circuit that winds through native bush with extensive views over the northern peninsula and towards Great Mercury Island from high points. Make sure your boots are clean and the spray bottle provided on the track is used to help prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease.

Boat Ramps

  • Kuaotunu boat ramp (permit fees apply) – Quarry Point, Kuaotunu-Wharekaho Road. A concrete ramp with trailer parking and access at all tides.

Public Toilets

  • Kuaotunu Reserve – just past the village down by the beach car park.
  • Blackjack Road.
  • Kuaotunu Domain, SH25.
  • Quarry Point boat ramp, SH25.

More About Kuaotunu

In 1890 Kuaotunu was a thriving village with a range of shops such as a pub, a tailor, butchery, bakery, blacksmiths and general store to service its population of approximately 1000. Today Kuaotunu continues to thrive with a small village centre that is a hub for the local community and visitors staying in the area.

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