What to See and do in Pongaroa District

 Wild Side Farm Activity Retreat and Accommodation

Wild Side Farm Retreat and Accommodation










Enter a world of peace. Switch off and absorb the relaxing atmosphere of the comfortable cabin and abundant native bush. Whether you choose to just unwind and immerse yourself in the tranquility, explore the rolling hills and trails through the bush or embark on one of our environmental based education activities, your stay at Wild Side Farm will create a lasting memory

For Information Contact Max & Jane 06 376 2500 

Web Site www.wildsidefarm.co.nz


Mangatiti Falls


6.5 Kilometres South of Pongaroa on the Coast Road are the spectacular Mangatiti Falls. Accessed by walking track through private farmland, the falls can be viewed from above or, by following a marked bush track visitors can reach the river at the base.

Access by arrangement with the owners Marty and Debbie Hull 06 376 2822


Akitio Beach

Akitio Beach











26 Kilometres East of Pongaroa along the Coast Road is the quiet beach community of Akitio. The campsite offers cabins, camping and space for campervans. There are also bach's for rent. The beach and river mouth are popular fishing spots and the boat club is well supported. There is a small local store and bottleshop. 


Pongaroa Domain and Squash Club

Pongaroa Domain and Squash Club

  At the North end of Pongaroa above the school is the village domain. The grounds are available for camping, caravans and motor homes. There are toilet and shower facilities and electric hookup. The clubhouse building has a kitchen and large function area and can be hired for events. Information and keys available from Pongaroa Store 06 376 2732

The squash club is behind the domain clubhouse building. There are 2 courts, showers and a viewing area. Visitors welcome. Information available from Simon Finnie 06 376 2545





















Pongaroa Golf Club 

The world's friendliest little golf club

Pongaroa Golf Club is 1 Kilometre West of Pongaroa on the Pahiatua Road. It has 9 holes set amid rural scenery and mature pine trees. Visitors welcome for a round on the course and another in the clubhouse.

For information contact Ann Broughton 06 376 2831

















Pongaroa BushwalkBusk Walk

At the Northern  edge of the village just across the the Pongaroa Bridge. 

Signposted from the road. Easy to medium walking tracks threading through an impressive stand of native bush.





 Pongaroa Hotel

Pongaroa Hotel









Right in the centre of Pongaroa in the iconic 100 year old BNZ building, the Pongaroa Hotel has been extensively renovated and upgraded over the past two years. Visitors will experience real country hospitality. Meals are served in the comfortable bar area or separate dining room. All major sporting events are screened and the hosts are renowned for offering a wide variety of special evenings. A courtesy bus is available for a ride home if required.

Host Gowan Greene 06 376 24668

 Web Site www.pongaroahotel.co.nz






Four Mile Bush Freedom Camp SiteFour MIle Bush Freedom Camp

6.1 Kilometres East of Pongaroa on the Coast Road is the spectacular freedom camping site set among native trees. There is a shelter for cooking under, a toilet and water supply (water must be boiled before drinking). Enjoy the peace of camping in the bush.


 AkitioAkitio Glen Ora Walk









This four day New Zealand private walk runs between two sheep and beef stations. Each property is rich in history and different in landscape, providing an independent walking trip with something for everyone.
This is the perfect location for anyone who enjoys a group walking trip with a variety of scenery and terrain.