The name ‘Hāwera’ means 'the burnt place' or 'breath of fire', which is particularly significant because Hāwera has a history of devastating fires. Huge blazes destroyed parts of the town in 1884, 1895, and 1912. Hāwera was so fire-prone that in 1914, the 54-metre Hāwera Water Tower was built as a defence against any future fires. The tower is now one of the best-known landmarks in Hāwera.
Need a little exercise? Climb the 215 steps up the Hāwera Water Tower for marvellous views of the Taranaki countryside.