VIDEO - Awanui is NZ’s Most Beautiful Tiny Town!

Published on 09 November 2023


The historical river port town of Awanui, just north of Kaitāia, was recognised as the nation’s Most Beautiful Tiny Town at the annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2023 held at Parliament House in Wellington tonight (9 November).

The village at the intersection of State Highway 1 and State Highway 10 recently received a major community-led facelift after years of planning and development by residents, iwi and local businesses. Its core funding came from central government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Far North District Council representatives, Councillor Felicity Foy, along with community board chair Adele Gardner and members of the Awanui redevelopment team attended the awards ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of all of the stakeholders and supporters of the Te Hiku Revitalisation Project, which led the award-winning design and redevelopment of Awanui’s public spaces and facilities.

The award recognises Awanui’s transformation into an attractive destination for people to stop in and enjoy rather than pass through on the way to other destinations.

Last updated 09 November 2023