Saturday, 19 January 2013


Pauanui (which means a large paua in Maori – a type of shellfish) is a very popular resort town on the Coromandel Peninsula.  It was developed in stages by the same development company and as a result there is a homogeneity to the roading and baches which is not found in much older seaside towns which are more higgledy piggedly.  But despite this it is hugely popular because it is less than a 2 hour drive from Auckland and so an easy place to spend weekends in the summer.

Very few people live in Pauanui full time.  In fact over half the properties on the whole peninsula are holiday homes.

Pauanui has a golf course, a grass strip airport and a network of canals where people moor their boats right at the bottom of their property.  The sections near the air strip have hangars where people can park their light plane on their own place.

There are a few shops.  And then the main attraction – a spectacular beach.

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