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Pauanui is located in North Island
Coordinates: 37°1′5″S 175°51′45″E / 37.01806°S 175.86250°E / -37.01806; 175.86250
Country New Zealand
Region Waikato
District Thames-Coromandel District
Population (2006)
 • Total 741
View of Pauanui from the top of Vista Paku.
The Pauanui airfield, with aircraft parked almost in the backyards of properties.

The town of Pauanui meaning Big Paua (abalone) in Maori is on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. It lies at the mouth of the Tairua River on its south bank, directly opposite the larger town of Tairua.[1] The population was 741 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 42 from 2001.[2]

The two settlements are 30 kilometres east of Thames. Several islands lie off the mouth of the river, notably Slipper Island to the southeast and the Alderman Islands 20 kilometres to the East.

The area is a popular holiday destination, with an estimated summer holiday maker population of over 15,000, and is popularly imagined as a resort enclave for Auckland's upper classes - properties with views of the ocean are regularly sold for over NZ$1 million.[3]

The settlement has an airstrip used by recreational light-aircraft pilots and is noted for game fishing, diving, surfing and its excellent beach.


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 17. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Quickstats about Pauanui Beach
  3. ^ "Pauanui Travel Guide". Jasons Travel Media. 

Coordinates: 37°01′S 175°52′E / 37.017°S 175.867°E / -37.017; 175.867