NZ Lifestyle Magazine Group



The layout of Hastings and its blocks of fruit trees and vineyards makes navigating simple, but it doesn’t give drivers many opportunities to flex their right foot. The road to Waimārama Beach is a short but challenging 30-minute drive, with the road snaking as much as the braided Tukituki River it crosses. Waimārama Road wriggles its way alongside Craggy Range Vineyard and Te Mata Hills before crossing the Tukituki and winding past hilly sheep farms. But anyone feeling carsick thanks to the tight corners will forget their tummy troubles when they catch sight of the rolling surf and the white limestone island, Te Motu-o-Kura/Bare, jutting out of the waters. The local surf club patrols this favourite surfing spot from December until March, and there’s a small dairy famous for its generous scoops of Tip Top ice cream. Waimārama and nearby Ocean Beach are known for occasional rip tides and undertows, but Waimārama might be the safest option for less confident swimmers. Stop at Red Bridge Coffee (on Facebook) at the corner of Waimārama and Tuki Tuki Roads for sandwiches, coffee and treats.