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.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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Avon Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
8.40 22 Reviews
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 pa... (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 attache... (more)
Hawera Central Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
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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 ... (more)
Hawera Holiday Park - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
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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 heri... (more)
Kerry Lane Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
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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 fa... (more)
Kiwi Court Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
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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 st... (more)
Mount View Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
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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 ... (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 ... (more)
The Chalets at Okurukuru - Accommodation in Okaiawa New Zealand
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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, dini... (more)
The Park Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
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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 ... (more)
Tudor Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Hawera New Zealand
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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, ... (more)
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