Getting to Tairua in 2023/4

The main route from Auckland to Tairua, the SH25A is still closed due to the damage sustained during the 2023 cyclones. Reopening is scheduled for March 2024, though progress so far has been good and it may reopen much earlier.

During the early 2023 rains, a 150m section of the main highway, SH25A that links Auckland with the eastern Coromandel collapsed, and the highway has been closed to all traffic since then. This means that the trip from Auckland to Tairua takes nearly three hours, against just under two before the damage. The two alternative routes follow the coast, either from fhe south via Waihi, or the north, via Thames and Coromandel town, and around the peninsula. Both are extremely beautiful routes, and our guests often choose one or the other anyway. 

Reopening of SH25A is set for March 2024, but progress so far is ahead of schedule, so opening may be brought forward - there is talk of December being possible. Do check with our site before coming, but please be prepared for a longer journey time if coming from Auckland or further north. Travel times to Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton are more or less unchanged. 

Please also note that walking access to the world famous Cathedral Cove is also closed, as the main walkway collapsed during the Cyclones. The Cove itself is still unstable in places. Until the walkway is reopened, the only access to the beach itself is via boat. Several operators offer regular journeys to the Cove for viewing from the water, such as Hahei Explorer, the Glass Bottom Boat, Ocean Leopard and others. A regular water taxi operates from Hahei Beach and lands at Cathedral Cove beach. 


Posted by The Harbourview on September 18, 2023