Kiwi & Activities
Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat
There are over 50 wild kiwi on the Tangiaro property, one of the highest kiwi populations on privately-owned land in the northern Coromandel. Three of them are monitored (remotely & electronically), and valuable insight is gained by the monitoring of these birds. These kiwi are the only monitored kiwi in the far northern Coromandel.
This is fully funded by Tangiaro, and includes 6 monthly health checks. In-house guests are invited to attend these check ups. These Kiwi Experience walks are open to the public when spaces are available.
Recent call counts in the area (National Call Counting Site) suggest a rise in kiwi numbers.
Outdoors At Tangiaro.
Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat
Here at Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat, the bush still echos with the primal calls of unusual birds and insects. In fact the Tangiaro Valley has one of the highest Kiwi call rates in the North Island – there is a good chance you’ll hear this unique call yourself during your stay with us at Tangiaro. Banded Rail, Kaka & Wood Pigeon can regularly been seen & heard from the cafe deck.
At Tangiaro, there is nature everywhere. Take a walk down the Tangiaro Stream to reach our natural swimming hole, explore the silver mines along the way but watch our for wetas! Lie back in a hot bush spa under the stars. Or just relax on the deck of your lodge listening to the birds.
Outdoor ActivitiesTangiaro Kiwi Retreat’s location means access to a range of outdoor activities.
Tangiaro Stream – A shallow stream perfect for the younger children, follow the track to reach the natural swimming hole for the more daring! The swimming hole has a small waterfall above it.
The Coastal Walkway – A popular walk with guests staying at Tangiaro is the coastal walk between Stony and Fletcher Bays. This walk takes approximately 7 hours return from Stony Bay. The walkway crosses farmland and goes through coastal forest with views of the Pinnacles, Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) to the north and Cuvier Island (Repanga Island) in the east. The track follows an easy gradient with a short steep section in to and out of Poley Bay. It is part of an old bridle path formed by early pioneers to link the two bays. En route from Stony Bay to Fletcher Bay, a signposted lookout 1 hr 15 min along the track makes a shorter walking option, and gives outstanding views along the coast north to Sugar Loaf and Pinnacles area and south towards Port Charles. 45 min on from this lookout, the track descends steeply to Poley Bay. Swimming here is hazardous because of submerged rocks. A short steep climb out of Poley Bay brings the track out on to farmland where it heads down to Fletcher Bay.
For guided local bushwalks and fishing trips – either land based fishing or using your own boat – visit www.colvilleguiding.co.nz.
Beaches – Tangiaro is in close proximity of a range of beautiful beaches, Stony, surf, kid friendly, fishing, kayaking, it’s your choice.
Fishing – Coromandel has some of the most productive fishing grounds close by which means avid lovers of fishing, diving and boating will be well taken care of. We can provide the contact details for a range of local charter boats and other fishing services. We recommend purchasing your bait at Salty Towers in Coromandel Town. There is a fish filleting area beside the workshop at Tangiaro which guests are welcome to use.
Mountain Biking – Start or finish your bike trip around Cape Colville at Tangiaro. We are an ideal base for challenging or easy mountain bike rides following the coastline. Just think of the famous annual Kona Colville Connection www.colvilleconnection.co.nz and get inspired.
Horse Trekking – We recommend Colville Horse Treks if you would like to go horse riding during your stay. www.colvillefarmholidays.co.nz.
Tangiaro’s Kiwi Spring festival
Tangiaro’s Kiwi Spring festival is held every Labour Weekend and is an awesome start to the summer season with live entertainment and fun for the whole family.
The festival was previously called the Paua Festival. The name was changed in 2012 due to the closure of the Port Charles Paua Farm. The first festival was in 2009.
FAMILY FUN DAY
Gold coin entry at the gate with all proceeds going to the Colville Community Health Trust.
Variety of stalls, food, drink, local wine & Stony Bay Craft Beer.
All day entertainment including games for young and old – Giant connect four, Giant Jynga, Apple Bobbing, Pillow Fights, Face Painting
The Colville School Blind Bag Auction is always a highlight of the day.
A bouncy castle to keep the little ones entertained.
If you are interested in having a stall please contact us for more information.