Scenically located on the Uretara River, Katikati is the northern gateway to the Bay of Plenty. Buildings on the main street are decorated with striking murals earning the town its reputation as New Zealand's 'outdoor art gallery'. Other attractions in Katikati include the relaxing thermal pools at Sapphire Springs, the Katikati Bird Gardens and winetasting. The surrounding countryside supports a thriving horticultural industry with outlets selling fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Bay of Plenty coastline has many attractive beaches which are easily reached from Katikati, and there is bushwalking and hiking in the Kaimai Ranges. For thrills try whitewater rafting in the region's rivers. Day trips to Matakana Island in Tauranga Harbour depart from Omokoroa, midway between Katikati and Tauranga. Tauranga, with its cafés and the beachside resort of Mt Maunganui, is an ideal day trip.

Mural Town Visitor Centre
36 Main Road

Geographic Location

Located on the north-western shore of the Tauranga Harbour, 35km north-west of Tauranga 




Summer average: 24°C
Winter average: 14.5°C