Tairua is a beach break on a sandy beach, located on the east side of the Coromandel Peninsula, just north of Pauanui. There are several peaks to choose from, with both right and left-handers. The wave is powerful and hollow, good fun with some barrels on offer, but it can become a heavy shore break. There is also a good right-hander at the south end of the beach. Very popular beach, so watch out for swimmers, know the rules and respect the locals. Best for intermediate to expert surfers.
Watch out for swimmers.
Tairua is on the east side of the Coromandel Peninsula, on State Highway 25. From Thames, head south on Queen Street/State Highway 25, then continue onto Ngati Maru Highway. At the roundabout, turn left onto Ngati Maru Highway/State Highway 26, then left onto Kopu-Hikuai Road/State Highway 25A heading east. Turn left onto Tairua Road/State Highway 25, heading north. At Tairua turn right onto Ocean Beach Road, then continue to the beach.