Katikati, the gateway to the Bay of Plenty greets visitors with welcoming views of lush green pasture rolling down to the harbour. From the earliest recorded settlements the area has been recognized as a lifestyle destination.The population may have changed but the reasons for coming to Katikati are still the same. Market gardens, dairying, orchards of kiwifruit, avocado, olives, and citrus have provided a sound economic base for the area. Also known as the Mural Town of New Zealand, Katikati is famous for its murals depicting scenes of the regions rich history. This friendly, cheerful New Zealand town is rapidly gaining popularity with its relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle opportunities. The town features include Open Air Art, Sculptures, a Haiku Pathway, unique Twilight Concerts, an Avocado Food & Wine Festival and much more.
Katikati town which services the area has thrived and its population has grown three times faster than the national average since 1950. Its commercial and industrial sector hosts some of New Zealand’s leading manufacturers as well as a number of small, unique businesses. Only two hours from Auckland and Hamilton and under half an hour from Mount Maunganui and Tauranga which boasts the largest shipping port in New Zealand.
Katikati has an award winning winery, luxury lodges and a choice of boutique accommodation options, great cafes and restaurants.
Stretching from the Kaimai Ranges to the sea, Katikati offers countless options for those interested in tramping, fishing, swimming,and recreational boating. This friendly, iconic town is well worth a visit if you are looking for artistic expression, great shopping, and an historical experience along the Pacific Coast Highway of New Zealand.
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