Looking for a beachside walk that’s not like the others? Hidden gem Pukerua Bay is exactly what you’re looking for, and once you’ve been, you’ll see why locals keep quiet about their wild and beautiful coastline - this place is a winner exactly because it’s free from crowds. In 2012 a six metre high carved Pou Tangaroa was placed on the Pukerua Bay foreshore, and now this magnificent carving is a popular spot to take a breather, and remember for a moment all those who came before.
There’s a small collection of shops here too, so if quirky second-hand book shops are your thing, make sure to delve into the shelves for a while. Likely you’ll find treasures that you won’t find anywhere else. Pukerua Bay dairy is a prime spot to kick back with an ice cream after a walk on the beach or along the Escarpment Track too.
The kind of charming small village where time seems to slow and nothing is a problem, make sure you stop off at Pukerua Bay for a coastal dose of holiday vibes.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs