Mahia is a paradise for water activities.
Boaties enjoy fishing, diving, skiing, and exploring the coast line on either side of the peninsula.
There are lots of small beaches where families can go to picnic, collect shells, swim and explore the rock pools.
On windy days the kite surfers and wind surfers can be seen skimming across the waves.
Kayaking is popular as well as surfing, body surfing and being towed behind a boat on a sea biscuit.
Yachting is enjoyed on the bay and clubs from Gisborne and Napier hold races here in March.
I found this story about surfing Mahia, it may be of interest to the surfers out there.
There are different types of shell fish which can be gathered from the sea around the peninsula at low tide. On the Mahia Beach side tuatua and pipi can be found in the sand.
On the Te Mahia side, at Oraka, on the low tide pipi and cockles can be gathered.
There is nothing nicer than a feed of tuatua and red onions in white vinegar and water.
My friend says "Pipis in the shell, cooked on the BBQ with garlic, onions and butter are superb".
Pipi fritters are yummy too.
All that was left after a meal of Pipi Fritters
Diving for paua or crayfish is very rewarding, especially if you collect a few and share them with family and friends, along with a few cold bevies by the BBQ.
A kite surfer who traveled from Napier, because the wind conditions were just right in our bay.