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Central Hawke's Bay

With landscapes stretching from the mountain slopes of the Ruahine Ranges to vast sandy beaches along the Pacific Ocean, Central Hawke's Bay is also a haven for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors, relax and unwind.

Central Hawke's Bay's mild climate is perfect for outdoor pursuits, which include tramping, fishing, cycling, golf or taking a flight in a 1936 de Havillard Tiger Moth.

The district includes the towns of Waipukurau, Takapau, Otane, Onga Onga, Pukehou and Tikokino.

Other places to visit include studios, galleries, stately gardens and colonial homesteads, with a selection of friendly authentic country pubs all within easy driving distance of the main towns.

Central Hawke's Bay is home to:

  • Te Angi Angi Marine Reserve
    Hawke's Bay's first marine reserve established in 1997 from Blackhead Beach to Aramoana, is well worth walking this area of sea and foreshore in which all marine life and their habitats are protected.

  • Waipukurau Aero Club
    Go for a flight in the 1936 de Havillard Tiger Moth.

  • Pukeora Hill Mountain Bike Park
    The newest mountain bike park in Hawke's Bay is located just out of Waipukurau in the Pukeora Forest. This 50 hectare block has over 10km of trails, including a couple of jump tracks. All access into the park is via the carpark, which is shared with Pukeora Paintball at the intersection of Pukeora Scenic Road and Statehighway 2. Download a trail map.

  • Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoro-nukupokaiwhenuakitanaatahu
    Discover the legend and have your picture taken at the longest place name in the world.

  • CHB Settlers Museum
    The Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum can be found in Waipawa, one of New Zealand's oldest inland towns and an area rich in history. The museum's extensive collections of local history, including technology, military and Taonga Maori are displayed in an authentic way, making it easy for visitors to step back in time and imagine what every day life for early settlers used to be like.

  • Onga Onga Historic Village and Museum
    Pick up a map and brochure from the Onga Onga general store and take a walk through the historic village, view the elegant Edwardian buildings, nineteenth century cottages, and one of the most beautifull architecturally designed butchers shops in New Zealand.

  • Trout Fishing
    Trout fishing in Central Hawke's Bay rivers is legendary, and some of the best in New Zealand.

  • Walks
    Central Hawkes Bay is renowned for its walks, from the coastline to the gentle foothills of the Ruahine Ranges.

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