Coastal Towns With Attitude

Coastal Towns With Attitude

Settlements near the coast have a gravitational pull with a relaxed, laid-back vibe that inherently seems to lower pulses, encourage fun and exploration and instil a sense of “on holiday” year round. Waterfront checks in with five coastal New Zealand towns to see what makes them enduring as places to live permanently or to visit for a break and divulging their best kept secrets…


The coastal walkway between Waitangi bridge and Opua wharf, via the coast and boardwalks – an easy 8km walk with views of Veronica Channel.


The Devonport Museum housed in part of an early Presbyterian Church building in Vauxhall Road. You can even search Devonport street directories going back to the late-1860s.


The views from Mokotahi Hill at the south end of Mahia Beach. Take the walking track to the top and take in vistas of Mahia Beach settlement and the isthmus joining the Peninsula to the mainland.


Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary at the head of Picton Harbour separated from the mainland by a predator proof fence, with public access only via water taxi.


The zany and colourful Giants House sculpture and mosaic garden and gallery also known as “the happiest garden on earth” – it’ll make you smile.


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