Hauraki Plains

The Hauraki Plains are part of the largest single area of flat land in the North Island. Māori valued the swamps for the eels, waterfowl and materials for building, especially raupō and flax. The lowland wetlands made Hauraki generally unsuitable for farming in its natural state. The draining of the Hauraki Plains after 1908 enabled great expansion in dairying.

The Hauraki Plains stretch from Miranda on the south-west side of the Firth of Thames across to Waihi on the east coast, and down to Paeroa and Te Aroha, which are inland at the southern apex of the triangle.


The Miranda foreshore is internationally recognised as a significant feeding ground for around 40 migratory wading bird species. Shell banks that have built up along the foreshore provide nesting grounds and allow easy access for close viewing. Thousands of migratory wading birds come to Miranda at different times of the year. Some come from other parts of New Zealand; others make a remarkable 10,000 kilometre journey from the Arctic Circle. In winter Miranda is home to birds from New Zealand's South Island, particularly wrybills, pied oystercatchers and kotuku (white herons).

For visitors without wings, there are other attractions. The Miranda Hot Springs complex with a stone outdoor, 38 degree natural mineral hot pool, private spas and children’s play areas is a good example.

The laid-back Hauraki Rail Trail follows the historic railway lines between the quaint townships of Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi and Matamata. Officially starting from Kaiaua in the North, the trail traces the Shorebird Coast along the the Firth of Thames. Riders enjoy contrasting landscapes from the verdant Hauraki Plains, to the intriguing Karangahake Gorge, carved by the forces of nature. Finally there’s a gentle ride South through lush farmlands to the hometown of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Paeroa is world famous in New Zealand for the locally produced soft drink L&P (Lemon & Paeroa). The drink and its logo have become national icons. It’s a great example of Kiwiana; all the weird and wonderful quirky things from years gone by that contribute to the Kiwi identity. A giant bottle in the middle of the town’s centre square stands to commemorate it. The bottle is one of New Zealand’s most popular photograph opportunities. It’s so prominently placed, you just can’t miss it! Paeroa is also famous for its range of antiques and collectables.

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