maketu township

Beaches | Town / Urban
Maketu is a classic New Zealand small beachside town filled with culture.
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sands & small town life

Maketu is rich in ancestral Māori culture, specifically the Te Arawa tribe. It was the landing site of the Te Arawa canoe. The town has an estuary from which the Kaituna River used to flow and is adjacent to Newdicks Beach located on the south eastern side of Okurei Point.

The views from the hill are spectacular looking back down the coast to Mauao.

Frankie Jean and the Morning Star was filmed there with local great Xavier Horan.

The town is also famous for its Maketu Pies!

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Western Bay District Council

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

270 Kilometres | 3 Hours, 16 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

56 Kilometres | 50 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

56 Kilometres | 50 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

62 Kilometres | 47 Minutes

Taupo CBD

133 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 44 Minutes