Morere - Morere is a great place to go on a native bush walk, and check out
the Nikau Palm Grove. After that you can relax in the thermal pools at Morere
Nuhaka - Before turning off to explore Mahia Peninsula, there is Nuhaka, a
small community with general store, post office and Maori marae.
Mahia Peninsula - Places to visit on Mahia Peninsula includes: Black Beach
good for surfing; Opoutama Beach and Lookout for great swimming and views;
Mahanga and Mahia Beaches for swimming, golf and places to stay; Taylor’s
Bay for its whaling past; Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve for its native bush;
Whangawehi with its harbour ideal for boat fishing.
Waipatiki Beach - Forty kilometres north of Napier, Waipatiki has a golden
sand beach bordered by a native bush reserve. Great fishing can be had just
off the coast.
Ocean Beach - South of Cape Kidnappers, Ocean Beach has a quiet, get-away-from-it-all
feel about it. Rustic Kiwi baches dot the landscape.
Waimarama - Popular summer holiday spot, which has an ocean beach where swimming
and surfcasting are popular pastimes.
Waipawa - A farming town, which is a great place for those wishing to do a
spot of fishing or hunting.
Waipukurau - One of the bigger townships in central Hawke's Bay, Waipukurau
is a farming service centre, with excellent fishing in the nearby Tukituki
Pourerere - Situated on an ocean beach, this great little locale is popular
with surfers, anglers and crayfish lovers.
Porangahau - A farming locale with a Maori heritage, but more famous for being
the closest township to the hill with the longest name in the world –
Morere Springs. These springs are set in 364 hectares of native bush with
great walking tracks.
has some of the best surfing waves in the country.
National Park includes the beautiful Lake Waikaremoana, which provides a focus
for most visitor activities.
The track around the lake is one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’,
taking three days to complete. Six shorter walks begin close to the Aniwaniwa
Scenic Reserve, 65km north west of Napier, is a magical environment of enormous
native trees standing side by side, the oldest being 600-700 years old.
north of Napier is a wildlife refuge and park. Fringed with weeping willows,
Lake Tutira is an idyllic picnicking and camping spot. There are walking tracks
leading to waterfalls and splendid views of the Pacific coast.
in the Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve. The track follows the Kareaara Stream
to the Te Ana Falls; Tangoio Falls are a little further on.
Bay Wineries - experience some of the 40-plus wineries in the region, or book
a wine tour. Wineries are situated in coastal areas, alluvial plains, river
valleys and hillsides. A Wine Country Food Trail is also available.
Art Deco Walk is a popular attraction. Buildings not to be missed include
the National Tobacco Company in Ahuriri, the Daily Telegraph Building and
the residences of Marewa. Pick up a pamphlet or take an informative Art Deco
Marine Parade, with its beautiful Norfolk Pines, is a pleasant way to start
or end the day. Take note of the iconic ‘Pania of the Reef’. This
statue is sometimes compared to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid and is now
safely back on her stand after she was stolen for 9 days in October 2005.
Gannet Colony, the largest mainland gannet colony in the world. Over summer
you can see chicks being raised by their parents, and throughout the year
it’s great to see the gannets cruising the air currents.
Frimley Park features a magnificent circular rose garden with more than 5500
Te Mata Peak,
just south of Havelock North, for panoramic views of the Ruahine, Kaweka and
Maungaharuru Ranges and Cape Kidnappers. Well-maintained walking tracks provide
access to the park’s bush areas and fossil-rich limestone cliffs.
Bay. The area has many historic homesteads and stately gardens. Look for spectacular
rhododendrons in Ongaonga.
Plains – the perfect place for cycling, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor