The town of Pauanui (a Māori-language name meaning "big paua (abalone)") 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. The population was 750 in 2013 and 741 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 42 from 2001.
The area is a popular holiday destination, with an estimated summer holiday maker population of over 15,000. Pauanui is known as New Zealand's holiday destination for the elite and wealthy.
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