Katikati, your next BnB getaway destination
We've lived here for many years and have explored Katikati from top to bottom, we'd like to share with you the highlights of what our little town has to offer so you can see just how great it is. Check out the list below and when you arrive we'd be more more than happy to help you plan an exciting itinerary for your stay with us. Aberfeldy Farmstay BnB is in the perfect location for you explore what the region has to offer.
Hiking in the kaimais
Located in the Kaimai ranges, Aberfeldy Farmstay BnB is perfectly situated for those wanting to explore any of the bush walks shown above. The Lindemann Loop Track is just up the road from Aberfeldy, this walk is a loop track, and is a pleasant days outing (easy 4 hours). Alternatively, if you want to just have a little stroll in the bush, it is the closest entrance to the Kaimai Forest Park to Katikati, being only 5 minutes drive from town.
The katikati Bird Walk
Katikati Bird Walk - Uretara Estuary & Yeoman Walkway. An accessible wilderness on the edge of town. Park at the north end of town where the river meets the road (see photo above) and enjoy an easy walk that meanders along the riverbank. Great bird life, and some fantastic art. When you get back the cafés and shops are just across the road.
the Haiku Pathway
The Haiku Pathway was one of New Zealand’s Millennium Projects – is the largest collection of haiku 'stones' outside Japan and the only haiku pathway in the Southern Hemisphere. The pathway meanders along both sides of the Uretara Stream just behind the town’s main street and is popular with locals, as well as national and international visitors.
Murals and Artwork
Katikati is known as the mural town of New Zealand, the murals are an interpretation of the town's history, its people and events. In 1990, when Katikati was facing tough times, a group of volunteers formed Katikati Open-Air Art Incorporated. They aimed to cheer up the locals and attract visitors by painting Katikati’s history on the walls of the town. Today there are around 60 works of art including sculptures, carvings and weaving. Visitors can take a guided tour of the murals - Contact 07 549 5250 for bookings
Western Bay Museum
Opened in August 2016 - Located in the centre of town in the recently decommissioned Volunteer Fire Brigade Station, the Western Bay Museum has curated a selection of Katikati's vast collection of local historical artefacts and stories. The collection came from a private collection that the community purchased in March 2011.
Katikati Cycle trails
MaryAnne and Rod are enthusiastic cyclists and would be keen to tell guests about the cycling opportunities available in Katikati and about the near by Hauraki Rail Trail. Planning is underway to continue the trail from Waihi through to Waihi Beach. Eventually Waihi Beach will link with cycle trails all the way through to Tauranga.
Fairview Golf & Country Club
Fairview Golf Course is a 6,148 metre, par 72, 18 hole, course set over 60 hectares with three sets of tees to challenge all skill levels. Set amongst lush pastures and surrounded by the breathtaking Kaimai Ranges, Fairview offers some of the best golfing and practice facilities in the area including a full length driving range, putting green, golf shop and changing facilities. The club also operates Café Nineteen, open 7 days a week catering to both members and public.
The Bird katikati Gardens
The Bird Gardens are beautiful and tranquil gardens set directly on the edge of the inner Tauranga harbour. A large amount of free range bird species wander and live in the stunning natural setting of the gardens. With water-lilly ponds, mature trees from around the world, flower gardens and natural wetlands the gardens are a delight all year round. Take a break and enjoy a barista made coffee on the deck as the kids feed the ducks in the garden.
Athenree Hot Springs
With a smaller adult relaxing pool and a larger kid friendly pool, Athenree hot pools have the best of both worlds. There are hot showers and heated floors in the changing room to make swimming enjoyable all year round. The pools are fed from an underground aquifer 250 metres deep – mineral water is pumped constantly through the pools and the volumes are replenished every 3-4 hours.
Whilst Katikati is a costal town, we only have estuaries as apposed to sandy surf beaches. For that we recommend taking a scenic 15 minute drive over to Waihi Beach. A 9km stretch of inviting sand, Waihi Beach is on one of New Zealand's safest surf beaches and home to a bustling beachside community. A destination for outdoor adventure, relaxation, weddings and good old-fashioned beach holiday time, Waihi Beach has also become a sought after destination for boutique shopping and dining, with Flat White Cafe on the beachfront a local favourite.
There are two regular markets in Katikati.
1. Katikati Plant and Produce Market
Every Friday afternoon from 4pm – 6pm. There is produce, eggs, honey, flowers, meats, chocolates, pizza, Indian delicacies, fruit, seedlings, plants, and even fresh pet food, plus more! Located at the A&P Showgrounds on the Main Road going north from the Katikati Township.
2. The Katikati Lions Moggies Market.
Every month on the second Saturday at 8am you will find the hustle and bustle of Moggies Market. There is everything there that you can imagine, arts & craft, bric-brac, as well as food, plants and produce. Located at the Memorial Hall.
Katikati Twilight concert series
If you are visiting us in the summer then check the link below to see the schedule for the extremely popular twilight concert series. Rod is keenly involved with the running of these events in the community and can tell you all about it. With top class performers and outstanding musical talent, these concerts draw thousands of people and are great fun for all ages. Held in the picturesque riverside setting of the haiku pathway. Past acts include Shane Cortese and the 8 Trick Band, The Orchid Lounge, Home Brewed, Tim Armstrong and the kiwi Bandits.
Athenree Homestead plays an important part in reflecting the early history of the Ulster settlement in Katikati and Athenree. Take a tour of the restored historic 1878 homestead and gardens with a volunteer guide. Well known for it's tea rooms, you can enjoy tea coffee and scones, or for large groups they can put on High Tea or Ploughman’s Platter. Open Sundays - 10am to 3pm, 360 Athenree Road, Athenree Gorge.
Karangahake Gorge ACTIVITIES
The Karangahake Gorge is a short 15 minute drive from Aberfeldy, there are many things to explore, including mountainbiking and walking tracks such as the popular Windows Walk which passes through the relics of the Talisman and Crown mining operations in Karangahake Gorge. Discover gold mining treasures, cross the river on a swing bridge, take a torch and walk through the mountain in an old train tunnel, ride the miniature train around the old Victoria Battery complex, or even ride a section of the old East Coast Main Trunk Line on Goldfields Railways train to and from the Waihi Station.
Diggleman park is in the middle of town opposite the entrance to the Haikau pathway. It has outdoor lounger seats, picnic tables and two notable historic displays: the first - pictured above - is an original trolley used to transport Kauri. It is part of the Western Bay Museum collection of artifacts. And the second is a 1:1 scale replica of a simple Kauri Dam, similar to those historically built in the Katikati area. It was built by the Rotary Club of Katikati (which Rod is a member of). Many of the original dams can still be found up in the Kaimai Ranges, but their remains are rapidly disappearing as the bush grows around them.
Amongst other eclectic displays, the Forta Leeza (restaurant and bar) is home to an extensive doll collection. 'The Fort' has long been a roadside icon thanks to it's historic building and quirky collections of oddities. But this is not the only collection of dolls in town... at the southern end of town on SHW2 is Growlink (affectionately known by locals as the Onion Vege place). In addition to offering the best locally grown produce around, in the basement garage of the main house is Jill Noble's collection of dolls, both old and new, from NZ and across the world.
turama ahi pottery
At 15 Canon Road Tanners Point, you'll find our local pottery studio Turama Ahi - meaning firelight. They make a diverse range of ‘uncomplicated’, 'interesting' pieces of pottery. They even offer classes Monday to Thursday mornings 10am to 1pm - $10 plus materials and firings - coffee/tea and biscuits provided.
the katikati events calendar
There is always an assortment of events planned and the best way to check whats on while you are in town is to visit the Katikati Events Calendar (see link below) which is kept up to date by Katch Katikati. Katch Katikati is an innovative organisation supporting our town, embracing our historical and cultural heritage, and promoting Katikati as a destination of choice along with their community partners.
Katikati Information Centre
Located in the centre of town on the main street, the information centre is a good place to go if you are looking for things to do, information about the Western Bay of Plenty Region or simply a clean public toilet. In the same building is the Katikati Library, and a branch of the Western Bay of Plenty Council.
Outside is a public children's playground and the 'world famous in New Zealand' bronze statue of Barry and his dog. You haven't really been to Katikati until you've taken a selfie with Barry.
Shopping on Main Street Katikati NZ
Katikati Main Street is a busy thoroughfare for traffic bound between Auckland and Tauranga. But if you have the time to stop, there are many unique shops worth poking your nose into...
Etcetera is a gift and homeware store, it's probably the most jam packed shop you'll ever visit - the shelves are literally bursting with gifts, trinkets, soaps, glassware, crockery, & kitchen-things.
For local handmade crafts, pop into the 'Katikati Art Craft and Mural Shop' behind the Memorial Hall on Talisman Drive. They are a local artist collective that sells all sorts crafts, as well as Katikati souvenirs.
Although nearby town Paeroa is best known in the region for antiques, Katikati actually has two two successful antique shops: 'Katikati Antiques and Interiors' has some nice antiques and collectables and are more of a traditional Antique store. And then there is 'Limited Edition', which bridges the gap between Antique shop and Opshop with a curated selection of quirky retro items at reasonable prices.
For a tastefully exhibited selection of local New Zealand made and big-brand international Jewellery, check out Harry Maddox Design on the Main Street. They also have a display of local artwork for sale around the shop.
If you're a wine connoisseur, look no further than Katikati Finer Wines. The helpful staff will be able to help you select the perfect drop for you to enjoy out in the courtyard back at Aberfeldy Farmstay B&B.
Where is Katikati?
Katikati is a town in the North Island of New Zealand located on the Uretara Stream near a tidal inlet towards the northern end of Tauranga Harbour, 28 kilometres south of Waihi and 40 kilometres northwest of Tauranga. Katikati is known for its many murals painted on walls of commercial buildings, started in the 1990s as a project to regenerate tourist interest in the town and district, indeed the effort was recognised with the bestowal of New Zealand's 'Most Beautiful Small Town' award for towns of less than 8,000 population in 2005 by the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society.