Hawke's Bay


  • Base for Te Urewera National Park
  • Walks along Wairoa River
  • Local museum


Wairoa is a friendly place to buy supplies before you venture into the wilds of Te Urewera. You'll love the wooden lighthouse.

Hawke's Bay
Wairoa Lighthouse, Hawke's Bay

The closest town to the beautiful Te Urewera, Wairoa is a great place to base outdoors adventures from. If you’re planning to hike, hunt or fish in the park, it’s the best place to buy the food and supplies you’ll need. The town is spread along the banks of the broad Wairoa River and the riverside walk includes many interesting sites. For an insight into the district’s Māori and European history, visit the local museum.

Wairoa offers comfortable accommodation and a choice of eating places. It’s a good place to find a guide for hunting and fishing expeditions. East of the town is Whakaki Lagoon, a natural wetland where you can watch wading and sea birds.

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