Nicola Ngarewa

If you have not met Nicola Ngarewa, you need to. A Patea "old girl" who has returned home to give back to the small coastal town she grew up in. Nicola is the Principal of Patea Area School and in just a few years has led the school from strength to strength. Nicola was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2013 and named the 2016 Taranaki Daily News Person of the year. While those are both secrets Nicola may have wanted to remain as such, she's more than keen to share her and her family's favourite local secrets.
Patea Beach


Local secret #1:

Patea Beach

Beach Road, Patea
https://www.southtaranaki.com/Live/Our-District/Patea


Waves, wind and pure black sand. This is my happy place. Patea Beach will always be one of my all-time favourite summer spots. With its long stretch of wild, west coast; this is where I love to swim, surf and simply lie back to enjoy the company of my family and friends. The best things in life really are free.

Quirky Fox


Local secret #2:

Quirky Fox

205A High Street, Hawera
https://quirkyfox.co.nz/


Quirky Fox is a gorgeous gallery and gift shop right in the heart of Hawera. This treasure trove supports established and emerging independent artists and designers and will tempt you with its collection of carefully selected gifts, art and design. We love to browse the store, chat with the lovely owner Vicky and buy New Zealand designed and made works of art.

Sugar Juice Cafe


Local secret #3:

Sugar Juice Cafe

42 Tasman Street, Opunake
https://visit.taranaki.info/visit/eat-and-drink/sugar-juice-cafe.aspx


If you're driving through Opunake you can't miss Sugar Juice Cafe! The cafe welcomes you with its colourful exterior, the owners and staff who work there are fantastic and if the sun is shining it's an absolute must to enjoy your meal out the back in the Zen garden. It is an added bonus that the cafe is in one of my favourite, friendly small towns!

Surf Highway 45


Local secret #4:

Surf Highway 45

State Highway 45
http://visit.taranaki.info/visit/news/six-foot-and-glassy.aspx


I love the drive along Surf Highway 45: 105km of relaxing and breath-taking views. You really feel as though you are perched on the edge of the world. There are so many things to discover along this stretch, from numerous surf breaks to ancient ship wrecks to a light house from the 1800's!

Patea Art Gallery


Local secret #5:

Patea Art Gallery

93 Egmont Street, Patea
https://www.facebook.com/Gallery-Patea


The Patea Art Gallery has been showcasing the incredible creativity that is resident in Patea for over a year now. This special little gallery is my one stop shop for great gifts and art. All of the work is created by very talented local artists and I love that this is the galleries first priority.