Pataua combines all the best bits of the New Zealand seaside. With the salty tang in the air, the pohutukawa at water’s edge, vibrant flora, native birds mingling with seagulls, and quaint baches, it’s reassuringly “kiwi” in a nostalgic way you recognise but can never quite describe.
It’s not an international tourist destination, and never will be, but it is a place that people of a certain vintage who call Aotearoa home will connect with instantly and happily. Bring your tamariki to enjoy a holiday experience that hasn’t changed for fifty years.
Pataua North and Pataua South are connected by a pedestrian bridge and it’s a 45-minute circuitous route to drive between the two so set the sat nav to ensure you end up on the right side of the estuary.
Whether it’s fishing, surfing, boating, kayaking, or swimming, you are spoilt for choice.
The Pataua North Beach is a beautiful golden sand beach frequented by fishermen and surfies.
The inner harbour, a tidal estuary, provides a safe haven from the surf and currents.
Pataua South beach (also known as Frogtown) is a very popular family beach, ideal for boogie boarding or just playing in the waves. It’s an intimate bay safe, white sand beach.
The local campground store on the south side is open over the summer months, selling ice cream, fish and chips.
The fully self-contained cabin, suitable for a couple, overlooks the entrance to the estuary and Mount Pataua, with Pataua North to the left. At high tide, you are only five meters from the water's edge. The cabin has its covered deck providing beautiful views over the estuary and Mount Pataua. An extensive veranda and deck on the house with outdoor furniture and spa, which you are welcome to use. Sitting in the spa at night, with your
The estuary, Pataua North beach and family-friendly Frogtown (Pataua South beach) are either on your doorstep or within a short walk. Further afield are the renowned beaches of Ocean Beach, Kauri Mountain, and McLeod Bay beach and a ten-minute drive away a variety of shops and cafés at Parua Bay shopping center.
Guests need to be dog people as we have two dogs that adore receiving visitors.
At Pataua Holiday Homes we can offer you a selection of holiday homes at Pataua South, that we manage on behalf of holiday homeowners.
Mark and Mike have managed rental properties in Wellington for 15 years as well as operating a successful Airbnb business on Wellington’s CBD fringe. After moving to Pataua South in 2017 we have been renting out a cabin, and are now expanding the service to manage other holiday homes available to rent.
Because we live in Pataua South we are available in-person to meet guests and answer any questions you have about your holiday home, Pataua North and South and the surrounding areas.
We think Pataua is a hidden gem and will provide you with provides lots of local advice on our hand-picked favourite beaches, hidden spots, walks and plenty more.