. Urenui .

Urenui is a settlement in northern Taranaki, It is located on State Highway 3 close to the shore of the North Taranaki Bight, 13 kilometers east of Waitara and 6 km south-west of Mimi. The Urenui River flows past the settlement into the North Taranaki Bight. The beach camp at the river mouth is a popular summer holiday spot, the population of the town doubles during the summer months. Urenui has a favourable climate with warm summer months and mild winters. Many a fisherman has launched his boat at the beach camp and returned with a fine haul of fish.

Approximately 3 km eastward of the town is the Urenui Marae, the only remaining marae of Ngti Mutunga.

Mail sent to addresses at Urenui must show both a PO box number and a street address.



A few kilometres north-east is Okoki pa historic reserve, where the ashes of Te RangiHiroa (Sir Peter Buck) are interred under a stylised canoe-prow memorial. The township began as a Taranaki military settlers settlement around the Urenui redoubt in 1865. 


The jewel in Urenui's crown is the beach with close to a hundred baches and lots of camping areas for caravans and tents, add to this a nine hole golf course and it is easily to see why it becomes packed with holiday makers all through the summer months.


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Population was 429 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 12 from 2001. 


Average temperature 13°C
Average rainfall 1792mm

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Urenui Primary School


Urenui School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1–6) school with a decile rating of 5 and a roll of 90.

The school was founded in 1876 and celebrated its 125th jubilee in 2001

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Mimi Primary School


Mimi School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 48 its 6.5 kms north of Urenui township and serves the surrounding area of Wai iti beach and Pukearuhe.

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Mikes Mild Ale


Mike’s was founded on a strong entrepreneurial spirit, which is still burning strong since 1989..  All Mike's beers are certified organic. All ingredients are natural. Mike's is committed to crafting the very best possibly quality organic beer they can.

At mike’s, brewing great beer isn’t just a job - It’s a passion. The family owned and employ passionate Taranaki locals, both full-time and part-time, as well as a range of local contractors.

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Urenui Beach Camp


The Urenui Domain is located on a spit of land at the mouth of the Urenui River and has been a summer recreation ground for more than 100 years

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White Cliffs Walkway


The walkway starts at the end of Pukearuhe Road, off State Highway 3 north of Urenui. The beach between the Waipingau Stream and Pukearuhe ( 1 ½ hours) is accessible only at low tide. If you are planning to walk along the beach as part of your trip it would be smart to check tide times beforehand. For your own safety, you need to reach Pukearuhe no later than two hours after low tide. You do not want to get caught on this coast with an incoming tide.