Welcome to Kaitaia
The most northerly town in New Zealand and springboard for business and exploration in the real Far North, Kaitaia is located about 110 km south of Cape Reinga and its climate for most of the year is subtropical.
Known in the past - when it was isolated by bad roads, or no roads, and the Mangamuka Ranges - as a friendly, do it yourself, community, Kaitaia continues its reputation today for being affable and welcoming. Its Maori and European history is long and rich.
The objective of the Kaitaia Business Association is to support, encourage and promote businesses in Kaitaia and the surrounding area. Keep an eye on our Business Improvement District project - Kaitaia Alive and Happening - revitalising our town centre.
What we have in Kaitaia
A service town, it busily supports arable, sheep, beef and dairy farming, vineyards and fruit growing - especially avocados - as well as logging, milling, quarrying and an extensive range of service industries. Kaitaia is enriched with many old established families and businesses.
Alongside good shopping, cafes and restaurants, Kaitaia has a wide range of sporting activities available including an indoor sports centre, bowls, golf, tennis, squash and a shooting range. There is also a fine public library and a wide choice of schools.
Kaitaia Hospital is a crucial cog of the community. The centre of a bitter row when it was shifted from Mangonui to its present site in 1934, it cheerfully services a wide ranging region, both rural and urban.
Kaitaia Airport has a two or three-times daily air service from Auckland which began in 1947 and is now operated by Barrier Air. There are also daily Intercity and Naked Bus road services from Auckland; making access to the Far North easy. There are weekday local bus services to Ahipara and Mangonui.
Kaitaia and surrounding areas are home to many skilled craftspeople working in wood, pottery, paint, glass, ceramics, flax, bone and greenstone.
Te Ahu, Kaitaia's magnificent new multi-functional civic centre for the northern region of the Far North district, designed by a local architectural practice, is a venue for concerts, plays and other cultural events as well as conferences, seminars and meetings. It was formally opened by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae on Saturday, 28 April 2012.
Kaitaia has a strong and energetic Dalmatian connection stemming from the days of the gum digging boom, a time when gum gathered from fallen kauri trees fetched high prices. A vigorous Dalmatian cultural club makes its presence felt.
Te Ahu Heritage (Far North Regional Museum), in the Te Ahu Centre, has moa, kiwi and gum-digging displays alongside flax snails, textiles and early transport and communication history. The important Northwood Photographic Collection displays the work of Arthur Northwood and his brothers from early in the 20th century.
Kaitaia offers all forms of holiday accommodation; from ‘handy to town’ backpacker hostels, YHA, camping grounds, motels and hotels, to the domestic comfort of bed & breakfast, home stays and farm stays.
Sailing, surfing, surf-casting at the breathtaking Ninety Mile Beach, kite-surfing, diving and fishing (including the discipline of deep sea fishing) are all popular attractions.
Regardless of the weather, there is always a coast with good fishing and sea bathing and this region possesses one of the most notable left-hand surf breaks in the world.
A strong organics and permaculture movement is evident in and around Kaitaia. The Far North Organics movement began in 1989 and has been growing steadily since then.
Kaitaia is home to many Christian churches. They stem from the time when, in 1832, Rev Joseph Matthews, searching for a suitable site on which to build a new mission station, arrived with a Maori guide from the Waimate mission station.
Like most rural towns in New Zealand, Kaitaia has its very own annual Agricultural & Pastoral Show, well over a hundred years old and one of the oldest in New Zealand; a time when the community traditionally gathers to enjoy itself.
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