Top things to do

Bird Sanctuary in Katikati

Katikati Bird Gardens

About 7km south of town, this gorgeous 4-hectare private garden is all aflap with native and exotic bird life (ever seen a kawaupaka?). Admission includes a packet of grain, which will ensure your immediate populari…
Park in Katikati

Haiku Pathway

Built as a millennium project, this unusual attraction consists of boulders inscribed with haiku verses wending through a pretty park flanking the Uretara River, just behind the main drag.
Museum in Katikati

Western Bay Museum

Housed in a former fire station, this little regional museum displays a selection of Māori artefacts from the local tribe, Ngāi Te Rangi, along with temporary exhibitions devoted to aspects of the town's heritage. D…
Bistro in Katikati

Ambria

Surprisingly atmospheric, Ambria is a hip bar-eatery in a nondescript shopping strip on the eastern side of town. Grab a seat overlooking the river and order a glass of Kiwi wine to wash down your roasted confit duc…
Winery in Katikati

Leveret Estate

Transplanting Cape Dutch architecture from South Africa's wine country to SH2, 8km south of Katikati, this excellent winery is open for tastings and stock-ups. They make some particularly lovely (and well-priced) sa…
Pub in Katikati

Talisman Hotel

The Talisman is better than your average small-town boozer, with an attractive garden bar and a bistro.