Visit Waipukurau, Hawke’s Bay, NZ

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  • Waipukurau, in Central Hawke’s Bay, 45 minutes south-east of Hastings, is the largest town of this farming and wine growing region. It sits next to the Tukituki River and is close to Lake Hatuma, which both provide opportunities for swimming, fly-fishing and boating. Waipukurau is known for its gardens, restaurants, galleries and museums. There are three golf courses in the district.

    Waipukurau is about half way between the coast and the Ruahine mountain range, which is protected as a forest park. These rugged hills provide challenging hiking and hunting adventures. Alternatively, there are shorter works available near the town centre, including wildlife and nature tours.

    The range of adventure activities available locally includes balloon and helicopter rides, white-water rafting, caving, cycling trails, quad-bike (ATV) and four-wheel-drive (4x4) hire, and wildlife experiences.

    Accommodation in Waipukurau (NZ)

    Waipukurau has motel, bed and breakfast (B&B), and luxury lodge accommodation, along with holiday homes and cottages for rent. It is also possible to stay at a rural property (farmstay), to experience outdoor activities and classic kiwi hospitality.

    Transport around Waipukurau

    Bus and taxi offer transport around the district. Railway and airport connections are within n hour’s drive.

    Some national coach tours visit Hastings. Alternatively, tours by rental car, campervan or motor home can be arranged.

    Tourist Activities at Waipukurau

    In town, the Waipukurau’s museum and art & craft galleries are popular attractions. Guided tours around historic houses and gardens, or visits to nearby vineyards are enjoyable day-trips.

    At the centre of a farming district, Waipukurau has a gourmet culture and boats many fine restaurants.

    Hatuma Lake and the Tukituki River are ideal places for family fun, swimming, boating and fishing.

    Waipukurau has three 18-hole golf courses within easy reach.

    Short walks are found throughout the district, and longer hiking trails especially in the Ruahine range to the south, where rifle and archery hunting trips operate. Horse riding treks are also available.

    Te Angiangi Marine Reserve is 30 minutes’ drive east of Waipukurau, offers greatscuba diving. An attraction of the reserve is the 1912 wreck of the Norwegian barque, Gunvor.

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