The famous water tower, built as a fire-fighting reservoir.
Hawera, Taranaki

By Venture Taranaki


If you love milk and cheese, schedule a stop in Hawera; home of the southern hemisphere's largest single site dairy factory.

Hawera’s heart is in dairying, a fact reinforced by the giant cow icon that welcomes visitors arriving from the south. Around 13 million litres of milk are processed here every day, at the southern hemisphere’s largest dairy processing unit (a co-operative owned by the farmers).

The dairy factory experience is Hawera’s leading attraction, but many visitors also come to see the town’s acclaimed museum. It features life size figures created from moulds cast from real people, to capture the past in an engaging way.

Hawera means 'the burnt place' or 'breath of fire' - it takes its name from the old Maori village of Te Hawera, which was located approximately three kilometres south east of the present town.

The meaning of the town's name is particularly significant because Hawera has a history of devastating fires. Huge blazes destroyed parts of the town in 1884, 1895 and 1912. Hawera was so fire-prone that insurance underwriters demanded the construction of a water tower as a fire-fighting reservoir.

Completed in 1914, the 54 metre Hawera Water Tower is one of Taranaki's best known landmarks. A staggering 1340 tonnes of hand-mixed concrete was required for its construction. Need a little exercise? Climb the 215 steps up the Hawera Water Tower for marvellous views of the Taranaki countryside.

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Avon Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
Avon Motel is a Motel located in Hawera in Manawatu-Wanganui. It has 13 spacious ground floor studio and 1&2brm units. Cooked/continental breakfast available delivered to unit. Evening meals and restaurant delivery is available with chargeback facility. Free guest laundry and off-street parking can be used by guests. Complimentary Hawera Gym and Fitness Cent... (more)
Awakino River Lodge - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
Luxury unhosted Lodge situated on the Awakino river in the rural hamlet of Awakino. Built in 1884 as a general store, this iconic building has had a rich history, having been used as a Post office, a Bus depot and tea-room, museum, café and has even at one stage had Petrol pumps attached. Awakino River Lodge is now a newly renovated exclusive French provi... (more)
Hawera Central Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
Just a 5-minute walk from local restaurants and cafes, Hawera Central Motor Lodge offers studios and apartments with cooking facilities and 42-inch LED TV with satellite channels. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi access and free access to the local gym.All accommodation at Hawera Central Motel features a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and tea/coffee mak... (more)
Hawera Holiday Park - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
26 power sites, tent sites available, 4 tourist cabins. Communal kitchen/fridge, laundry, linen available, toilet/shower facilities. Adjacent to indoor heated pool, playground and park; next to all sporting facilities; 400m to shops; 1km to town centre; 3km to Tawhiti Museum (a unique heritage museum); beaches within 5km; 50km to Mount Taranaki ski field and... (more)
Kerry Lane Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
Kerry Lane Motel offers accommodation in Hawera. Accommodation comprises of 27 units with mountain views including 16 studio, sleep 2-3; 4 x 1 bedroom, sleep 3-4; 7 x 2 bedroom, sleep 5-6; and 2 units with access facilities. Fully equipped kitchen in 23 units, tea/coffee/toast making facilities in 4 budget units, microwave, shower (spa bath in 2 units), h... (more)
Kiwi Court Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
Welcome to Kiwi Court Motel located on Waihi Road, adjacent to the northern outlet of town, on the State Highway to New Plymouth.Jeanette & Michael are passionate about hospitality and specialise in providing quiet, comfortable accommodation with 12 well appointed ground floor suites: 5 studios, 5x1brm and 2x2brm. Kiwi Court is a popular choice for corporate... (more)
Mount View Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
Mount View Motel is in a quiet location in Hawera and offers comfortable accommodation.It has 17 ground floor units (refurbished 2007), serviced daily: 10 studio, 5x1brm, 2x2brm. 10 units with fully equipped kitchen; all with tea/coffee/toast making facilities and microwave, ensuite, hair dryer, queen size beds, 32" LCD TVs with 5-channel Sky, trackside and ... (more)
Rembrandt Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
Rembrandt Motel is located at 219 South Road, Hawera. Comprising of 5 units, 1 of which is a family unit that sleeps 4 people with full kitchen facilities. 3 studio units that can sleep up to 3 people in each if required. The 5th unit is what we call the 'Honeymooner', it is a studio unit but has a spa bath in the bathroom and is situated by itself away from... (more)
The Chalets at Okurukuru - Accommodation in Okaiawa New Zealand
Taranaki's Destination Winery Nestled on Taranaki's spectacular coastline, overlooking the Sugar Loaf Islands, The Chalets at Okurukuru provide the perfect getaway. Each Chalet provides a spacious, open plan lounge with large flat-screen TV & Freeview, CD player/radio/iPod dock, dining area and kitchen with hob, microwave and dishdrawer. The downstairs... (more)
The Park Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
The Park Motel offers premier motel accommodation in Hawera. Accommodation consists of 18 superior ground floor units including 12 studio, 4 x 1 bedroom and 2 x 2 bedroom; all designated non-smoking; and 2 units with access facilities.All units come with tea/coffee making facilities (some with fully equipped kitchen), microwave, ensuite with shower (spa bath... (more)
Tudor Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
Tudor Lodge Motel offers motel accommodation in Hawera. Accommodation consists of 12 quiet spacious ground floor units including 7 studio, sleep 1-3; 4 x 1 bedroom, sleep 1-4; 1 x 2 bedroom, sleeps up to 6; and 2 with access facilities.All units are self-contained with cooking facilities, microwave, ensuite with shower (spa bath in most units), hair dryer, q... (more)
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    Sun 31 Jan 2021 4:00PM / Folk
    Welcome to Folk Stack, Taranaki’s boutique mini-fest that celebrates original music in a peace-loving folky vibe. Held off the beaten track in relaxed venues this twilight gathering presents a four stack of ... more
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    Sun 21 Feb 2021 7:30AM / Mountain Biking
    This event is a fundraiser for Eltham Lions Club South Taranaki. BBQ - Free for participants, Swimming Pool will be open The Rotokare Loop is back again on the Taranaki MTB event list. Challenge yourself on the 17km ... more
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    Sun 7 Feb 2021 8:30PM / Comedy
    Join 4 Taranaki based comedians, Hamish, Jess, Curtis and Evan for their first show of the year, at Colonel Malones, Stratford. Laugh your socks off with 90 minutes of humour. Such a great way to spend a Sunday evening, ... more
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