Haiku Pathway

34 Main Rd, Katikati

The Haiku Pathway is a one-of-a-kind in New Zealand and unique outside Japan.

It features over 40 haiku poems, the vast majority engraved on to river boulders, alongside a pathway that meanders either side of Uretara Stream and forms a peaceful park in the heart of a bustling country town.

The poems have been specially chosen to reflect their location and feature work by poets from New Zealand and overseas to form what is the largest collection of haiku “stones” in English and the only “haiku walk” outside Japan.
Katikati’s Haiku Pathway – one of New Zealand’s Millennium Projects – is the largest collection of haiku 'stones' outside Japan and the only haiku pathway in the Southern Hemisphere.

Officially opened in June 2000 with 24 engraved boulders, the pathway by the end of 2007 had 30 poem boulders, with more planned.

The pathway meanders along both sides of the Uretara Stream just behind the town’s main street and is popular with locals, as well as national and international visitors. It is a tranquil spot in the heart of a bustling, country town and features a specially designed footbridge across the stream.
The pathway, which was a Millennium Project for the town, links into two other popular walks, the Bird Walk and Yeoman Walkway at The Landing, or visitors can enjoy the pathway to The Landing and then walk through town to view the murals.

Guidebooks to the pathway, which include a map to the poems, are available from Katikati Information Centre and Katikati Craft Shop, as well as Books A Plenty in Tauranga.

Look for the Haiku sign on the Main Road (beside Robert Harris café) for the entry to the car park.



34 Main Rd, Katikati


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