Hauraki Plains

In the early 1900s, Hauraki Plains was a huge swamp. Today, after a lot of drainage work, it is mainly dairy farm land and protected wilderness wetlands. 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.

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Miranda is loved by birdwatchers as it is one of the most accessible places to study our feathered friends. Over 100 bird species, many of them rare, winter over or live permanently on the rich saltwater shallows and mud flats. For visitors without wings, there are other attractions. The Miranda Hot Springs complex with covered hot pools, private spas and children’s play areas is a good example.

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!

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