Unforgettable Hawke's Bay
The Hastings District is the largest area in Hawke's Bay. Boasting over 73,000 people, the district is a mix of diverse cultures, set over the fertile Heretaunga Plains and the Havelock North hills. Steeped with history and culture, diverse as any area of New Zealand a must visit venue.
Situated on the east coast of the North Island, the district offers a unique lifestyle, in an unforgettable region renowned for its fantastic climate, beautiful wineries, an eclectic arts and culture scene and thriving business community - visit the Hastings Website and pick up events, activities and regional trends.
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From our avantgarde art and sculpture, to our stunning summer flowering baskets, to our 1920's architecture, Hastings City is the ideal place to shop, do business and catch up with friends and family at one of our award winning cafes. Visit Hastings the website.
One of New Zealand’s finest family attractions, Splash Planet is ready for a summer; jam-packed with non-stop action and fun. A firm favourite with Hawke’s Bay residents and visitors alike, Splash Planet offers a huge range of exciting activities to cater for the whole family. New Zealands largest water attraction is just down the road.
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The Hawke's Bay Opera House proudly boasts a reputation for being one of the best lyric theatres of its type in Australasia - made better by its brand new back stage facilities, including dressing rooms and counterweight fly floor system.
Offering a unique range of venues and services, the attached Municipal Buildings also house Hawke's Bay's largest ballroom (complete with fully restored spring dance floor). Combined with the Opera House, we are proud to be able to offer a unique destination for an entire plethora of events and conferences. It is the Hawkes Bays must have wedding venue.
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Like a guardian and protector, Bare Island stands at sea out from the beach of Waimarama, which stretches from north to south on the East Coast, with wide sweeping expanses of golden sands and deep blue sea. On a great day the swell brings lines of breakers which roll into the bay and shallow sandy beach, making this a popular spot for tourists and locals.
The beach community is a renowned and loved place to relax and enjoy for Hawke's Bay people, with its quaint wooden cottages and rambling gardens falling over roadside fences dotted with the new homes built behind Tauputa hedges and wooden gates. The community, with its little roads and grass verges has the atmosphere of a coastal village: sleepy in week days and a bustling vibrancy with visitors on weekends.
Waimarama is steeped in Maori history and documented in the 'Historical Map of Fact and Fable' by Lt.Col R.M Bell M.B.E E.D. Waimarama is where Taewha landed here from the Takitimu. An established school of learning can be found at MaungaWharau, as can a WhareMaire named Pae-Whenua. One of the sea anchors of the Takitimu is said to be the landward rock Taupanga, visible at low tide 50m south of the old bathing sheds. The Kuku rocks are said to be the skids of the Takitimu, and Mukuaka (Capston Rock) to be the other sea anchor of the Takitimu- dropped at sea and visible at low tide between TePuka and Bare Island. Read More about Waimarama
In 1922 the Havelock North Borough Council built a dam on top of Maraetotara Falls to create a head for a hydro-electric power station. A tree-shaded walk leads 10 minutes upstream to the falls and 20 minutes downstream through limestone scenery, passed the old turbine house and a surge tower.
Directions: Walk down to the junction with the Maraetotara River. It is a 10 min return walk to the falls on the left with a swimming hole. There is a ladder that reaches a concrete weir and returns 150 metres above the parking area. On the right a 10 min walk takes you to a concrete surge tower. The track rejoins the road 10 mins further on.
Te Angi Angi Marine Reserve
The Te Angiangi Marine Reserve was established in August 1997. It is located on the Central Hawke's Bay coast, approximately 30 km east of Waipukurau and Waipawa. It covers an area of about 1.3 square nautical miles (446 hectares), extending one nautical mile offshore from mean high water mark between Blackhead and Aramoana Beach at Shoal Bay - Read more about it.
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