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creative katikati

Just 40 minutes’ drive from Tauranga is Katikati. As you stroll around this charming town, you'll see creativity on just about every wall! Take your time admiring the outdoor art, meandering the haiku pathway, and be sure to pick up some fresh avocados that the area grows so well.

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Highlights

Open air art, museums, wine and avocados!

Proximity

By Car:
From Auckland: 2 hours and 10 minutes
From Hamilton: 1 hour and 30 minutes
From New Plymouth: 4 hours and 40 minutes
From Napier: 4 hours
From Wellington: 6 hours and 50 minutes

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Art & Museums

Throughout Katikati you'll see large outdoor murals telling the town's stories. Take a guided tour with Katikati Open Air Art and let the dedicated guides walk you through this unique experience.

Call into The Arts Junction and check out the locally made artisan gifts, the Junction Theatre and the Carlton Gallery. This is also where you’ll find the Visitor Information Centre so a stop here and chat with the local experts is highly recommended.

Just next door is the Western Bay Museum, a boutique stop with big stories to tell. The museum changes its exhibits regularly and focuses on the historic, cultural and artistic stories of the area. There is also a permanent exhibition of Taonga Māori on display.

Highlights

The Arts Junction & the Western Bay District Museum.

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Katikati avocados

Avocados: yes, please!

Katikati is the home of avocados. On your way home, call into The Big Avocado on Main Road and pick up some fresh, local avos and if you’re craving the taste of Western Bay avocados once you’ve gone home, you can order them direct to your door from The Avo Tree based in Katikati.

The town also serves up the Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival and the next one is Saturday, 9 January 2021. There will be live music, food stalls, wine, cooking demonstrations and, of course, avocados. This festival is motorhome friendly.

Highlights

Fresh local avocados and the Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival!

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The finest of wines

Seven minutes out of the Katikati township is Leveret Estate. Stop here and discover the estate’s premium tasting room as the wonderful staff guide you on a journey of their new releases and current vintages.

Carry on the wine theme with a stop at Finer Wines on the Katikati Main Street - their incredible selection is bound to impress you!

Highlights

Leveret Estate wine-tasting.

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