In the 1890’s Kuaotunu was a well established town with approximately 2000 inhabitants, it’s economy was based on mining and kauri. Kuaotunu, meaning ‘to inspire fear in young animals’, probably relating to the good hunting and fishing grounds at the time.
Fishing and BoatingTravel north alongside Kuaotunu beach to find the boat ramp. A metal track leads down to the ramp with a breakwater. Remember to check crossing the bar conditions. Kuaotunu beach also has great rocky out crops for land based fishing.
Things To Do In Kuaotunu
To explore more of this Coromandel coastline, take a ride up Black Jack Rd where you will find 180 degree views of Mercury Bay and the pristine beaches of Otama and Opito Bay - where walking, kayaking and fishing are the order of the day.
Book a tour with the local astronomer to see the Coromandel night sky or pop in to see the local knife maker creating his bespoke knives.
Where to eat in Kuaotunu
The retail/eateries are found across te Kuaotunu Stream on Black Jack Rd opposite the fire station.
Retail therapy in Kuaotunu
Retail therapy in Kuaotunu is seasonal with surf shop or vintage shop popups. However there are many permanent home based businesses which are well sign posted on the drive through towards Kuaotunu West where Bluff Rd (from Matarangi) meets the SH25.