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Walk up the steps to view the impressive mine from above…you walk uphill along the fence there is an impressive Maori warrior statue worth seeing – it is amongst the plants, plus the views over the town are quite lovely.
The i-Site has an informative display about the mine.
Just after the Pauanui turnoff, SH25 goes left…you go straight you end up in Thames again!
is over 4kms long and is popular for swimming and surfing.
There is only one mine left now, the massive Martha’s Mine – a huge open cut mine right in the middle of town.
On the SH2 intersection, turn right to Town Centre, then at the roundabout go right and drive up through the shops and park by the information centre (i-Site).
This is also where you should stop and buy groceries if you intend preparing your own meals for the next 2 nights as there is not a lot of choice at Hahei! You are now skirting the Firth of Thames, the road follows the dramatic and winding coast, so please take it easy.
Keep following the road, at the marina go up Paku Drive, then follow signs to Paku Summit.
Look for the sulphur bubbling to the surface of the sand.
Hahei's main attraction is Cathedral Cove, a gorgeous beach nearby hidden within a dramatic coastline.
If you have twenty days to enjoy New Zealand, you have time to drive from Auckland all the way down to Queenstown.
From Auckland you drive south via the awesome Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua and Taupo to take in a little Maori culture and enjoy the volcanic area.