The Haiku Pathwayis 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.
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.