Puriri Bay describes the area of the harbour that the road hugs around to the North of Tryphena harbour. The drive or walk offers scenic views back to the Coromandel peninsula and there are plenty of spots to stop off for a swim, especially as low tide. Most of the bay is made up of rocky outcrops, but at low tide, you’ll find areas of dark sand offering the perfect place to take a dip. Dolphins often frolic in the bay over the summer months – so keep an eye out if you are driving past.
The Lady Isla, an old local commercial fishing trawler, sits half way along the road and is a popular for a photo opportunity. In event months powerful storms have pushed her over onto a slant.
As Puriri Bay Road meets Schooner Bay Road, you’ll find the Elephant Gallery tucked away which is open during the summer months or by appointment.
Olly’s Cottage – One of the oldest homesteads on the island
Tui – When the flax are flowering