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Hawera Activities

Hawera Water Tower

The Hawera Water Tower dominates the urban landscape and provides a central landmark and navigation point for visitors to the town.  It is designated as a category one structure by the Historic Places Trust, and celebrated its 100th year in 2014. Situated behind the South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre, you can climb the 215 steps of the best known heritage building in Hawera for a bird’s eye view of the region and coast.

The tower began construction in 1912 and was completed in 1914, the reason for it's construction was to give the district better fire fighting capacity after several disastrous fires in 1884, 1888 & 1912. Neon lights were erected around the tower following it's 50th Jubilee in 1932 as a memorial to the pioneers of the district, it also underwent a $1.1 million restoration project in 2002-2004 to restore the historic landmark.

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Visit our multi million dollar premier sports, recreation, events and function centre. 

The venue is ideal for tournaments and caters everyday to multiple sports codes, training, and education, social and family events. TSB Hub also has modern state of the art conference facilities to cater for events of all sizes from small training events for 10 people to large exhibitions and concerts. 

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Hawera Aquatic Centre

Fun for all the family! The Aquatic Centre is open all year round and has a 25m indoor heated pool and a 50m outdoor heated pool (summer months only), plus indoor learner's pool, toddlers' splash park, thermal pool and hydro-slide.

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Hawera Cinemas

Have some downtime and want to head out to catch a movie?

Hawera's Cinemas has the latest in digital technology, big screen, delivering great picture and sound in two comfortable theatres. Situated on Princes Street, in the heart of Hawera's CBD.

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Tawhiti Museum

The Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning.

Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays.

All these displays are designed and built on the premises in the 'Body Shop' and accompanying studios, which can be viewed as part of a museum visit.

Super realistic and spellbinding for all ages, you could easily spend a day looking through the museum, taking a ride on the bush railway or on a boat through the Traders and Whalers attraction, then follow up with delicious light meal at the "Wind in the Willows" styled Badgers Cafe

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Up for a round of golf or two?

There are two great courses in Hawera – one just a few minutes from the centre of town on Fairfield Road or just five minutes north out of town, the picturesque course at Te Ngutu on Katene Road in Normanby. There are actually 20 golf clubs that await you in the Taranaki province, so our golf visitors can play until their heart is content.

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Lysaght Watt Gallery

A community gallery growing in popularity and stature, located on the Town Square in Hawera. Exhibitions change monthly and showcase contemporary fine arts by emerging and established artists.

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Hawera Parks & Outdoor Spaces

Hawera's two main parks, King Edward Park and Naumai Park are well used and host many events during the year, including Arts in the Park and outdoor concerts.

The Hawera Park-To-Park walkway takes in beautiful King Edward Park with its manicured lawns, rose gardens, playgrounds and lake. The walk then leads you through the Hawera CBD to the secluded Naumai Park; a tranquil haven reknown for its native flora specimens. From end to end; the walk takes about half an hour, definitely worth your time to visit during a stay in Hawera.

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Nowell's Lake

Just South of Hawera, situated on Rifle Range Rd, there are two beautiful freshwater lakes surrounded by the coastal sand dune belt. The two lakes cover seven hectares. The short, yet pleasant walk (approximately 20 minutes) leads you through farmland that has been planted in native trees by local schools, to Nowell’s Lake.  There is also another walk leading you towards the coast.  Thousands of swan plants have been planted throughout the walkway so Monarch butterflies are everywhere. The walks are well signposted and have seats for those needing to rest dotted along the way.

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Ohawe Beach - Waihi Beach Coastal Walk

The walk can begin from either Ohawe Beach or Waihi Beach.  Ohawe Beach is accessed by turning left into Ohawe Road from Surf Highway 45, 5 kilometres west of Hawera.  Alternatively you can turn west into Denby Road at Hawera.  The descent to Waihi Beach is via a steep gravel track from the car park at the end of Denby Road.

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