This small seaside settlement near Te Puke is reached via State Highway 2, heading south from Mount Maunganui. Maketu has a large estuary along with a sandy beach leading to a rocky point.
It has popular horse treks with sea views, of course. Maketu has a well regarded motor camp and seaside cafe. It is famed as the landing place of Te Arawa canoe (waka) in the migration of early Maori from Hawaiki. It’s also famous in New Zealand for Maketu Pies sold across the country, based on an old family recipe.