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Hawera is the largest of several South Taranaki towns that developed to support the surrounding farm blocks. Hawera means 'the burnt place' or 'breath of fire' and takes its name from the old Maori village of Te Hawera, which was located approximately 3 km south east of the present town.  Hawera has a rich cultural history.  Original blockhouses, redoubts, monuments and well preserved pa sites tell of early Maori life and the Maori-European Land wars. On the outskirts of Hawera.  The dairy industry is a huge influence in this town.More Images of South Taranaki

Parks/ Facilities

King Edward park: High Street, Hawera: Activities: Tennis, pond, excellent for picnics, walking. Facilities: toilets, sports venue. camping ground and caravan park  nearby.
Naumi Park - A gorgeous little park, high street. Hawera. Activities: walking, picnic. Great man made lake, and natural surrounding Facilities: toilets

Powerco Aquatic Centre: Waihi Road Hawera: open daily from 10am: Facilities: indoor and outdoor heated pools, BBQ's, toilets, showers. Excellent venue for children and close to caravan park and town centrre.

  • Fires in the town in 1884, 1895, and 1912 razed part of the towns business area and in response, the Hawera Water Tower was built in 1914 to provide a ready supply of water for fire fighting
  • The modern Hawera Town Square has certainly has changed the face of shopping over recent years, with a modern atmosphere and seating.
  • Turuturu Mokai Maori Pa site - You can gain a feeling for South Taranaki's often violent history through the meaning of Turuturu Mokai,  a significant pa of Ngati Tupaea. Turuturu means 'stakes' and Mokai means 'dried heads'. The most spectacular and well-kept historical site in South Taranaki, Turuturi Mokai consisted of three pa grouped together. Gates are open during the day.More Images of South Taranaki
  • Tawhiti Museum - Depicting the way it was, a museum built of diorama's and a must see attraction. Simply stunning life sized figures created from moulds cast from real people, the past come to life.
  • King Edward Park in the main street, had its beginnings in 1875, containing a spectacular rose garden, a willow-pattern Chinese garden, a rhododendron dell and the 'Wendy Statue.
  • Dairyland - Enjoy a simulated milk tanker ride, and interactive displays, enjoy time in a revolving licensed cafe/restaurant, complete with souvenirs of the dairy/agricultural kind. More Images of South Taranaki

Hawera is blessed with a mighty mountain at its backdoor, as seen in the Our Mountain image, but more than that it has such a brilliant Aquatic Centre, fantastic beaches close by and of course it is the start of the Surf Highway 45.

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