Maketu is a small coastal town located on Okurei Point, also known as Town Point.
The population is predominantly Maori from the Whakaue Hapu of Te Arawa Iwi.
Located east of Te Puke township, Maketu is the traditional landing site of Te Arawa canoe more than 800 years ago when several migrations came from Polynesia. Maketu is named after an ancient kumara pit in Hawaiki – the place from which Maori originally sailed their waka to New Zealand.
Amenities and service
- Kotukutuku gully – a delightful walk and insight into local history
- Beach Holiday Camp/cafe
- Maketu Ongatoro Wetlands – a group that looks after the beaches and wetlands that surround Maketu. The group also looks after the endangered NZ Dotterel that nests on the Maketu Spit.
- Maketu Health and Social Service