Starting life in the 1920's as a timber mill, The Old Mill was later converted to a shell-crushing plant, processing shell from the nearby Tairua harbour. Shells were kiln dried, then pulverised into powder and bagged as farm lime. Having various uses and additions over the years, The Old Mill's latest make-over is certainly its most stylish yet it's unique history and connection to the harbour remain intact.
THE OLD MILL CAFE
Located a comfortable two hour drive from Auckland City, The Old Mill Cafe resides on the edge of the picturesque Tairua Harbour. Nestled quietly at the base of Paku Hill The Old Mill Cafe is the perfect place for a delicious brunch or lunch or that relaxing afternoon wine with friends. Dining in the cafe, relaxing on the veranda, browsing in the gift shop or selecting some take home treats from the Deli, you'll feel comfortable and welcome in the beautiful surrounds.
The Old Mill's quirky charm, combined with a modern decor, creates a fresh and welcoming atmosphere. From breakfast through until the late afternoon, relax in the dining room or recline on the veranda and enjoy the harbour views and delicious cuisine
The town of Tairua is on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. As well as the safe sandy harbour, which is ideal for families, there is also a first rate surf beach. Tairua has long been a popular vacation choice with Kiwis and is now becoming increasingly visited by international tourists. There are some quality motels in Tairua as well as other types of accommodation.