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Te Puke Area Guide


Giant Kiwifruit marking the
heart of Kiwifruit growing country.
© Naturespic.com
Te Puke, flanked by the Papamoa Hills 30 kilometres south east of Tauranga, is a farming town, famous for the millions of trays of kiwifruit its local growers produce each year.

Te Puke celebrates its status as the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand in September, when it holds a week-long kiwifruit festival and crowns its own kiwifruit 'Queen'.

At other times of the year you can find out all you want to know about kiwifruit at the Kiwi360 horticultural theme park, marked by a giant slice of kiwifruit near the gate, six kilometres east of town. Climb aboard a 'kiwi-cart' and tour the park's orchards, see an exhibition showing how the fruit is grown and packed, or take the children to 'magic world', with its castle, funhouse mirrors, dragon maze and slide.

Next door, the Te Puke Vintage Auto Barn has a collection of more than 90 vintage and classic cars and motorbikes, all in mint condition, some of which are, temptingly, for sale or hire.

A ten-minute drive south of Te Puke brings you to the many attractions of the Longridge Fun Park, located on state highway 33, three kilometres south of its junction with state highway 2. Here you can take a half-hour jet boat ride along the winding, bush-clad Kaituna River; tour a working kiwifruit farm; hand-feed animals at the mini-farm; or drive an off-road vehicle along challenging tracks with mud traps and bogs.

When the appeal of the countryside wears off, Te Puke is close to the Bay of Plenty coast, with the three surf beaches of Papamoa, Pukehina and Maketu within a ten-minute drive of the town centre.

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