Taranaki is situated on the west coast of the North Island, surrounding the volcanic peak. The large bays north-west and south-west of Cape Egmont are prosaically named the North Taranaki Bight and the South Taranaki Bight.
With a population of 11,000, Hawera is the second-largest town in the Taranaki region of New Zealand's North Island. It is near the coast of the South Taranaki Bight, 75 kilometres south of New Plymouth on State Highway 3, or around the coast on SH 45, known as Surf Highway 45 for its numerous surf beaches. Hawera is 20 minutes' drive from Mount Taranaki or Mount Egmont. Hawera is also home to Tawhiti Museum, well-known for its hand-crafted life-sized wax sculptures depicting scenes of local heritage and history, and its scale models of local Maori pa (fortresses).
Hawera is home to the largest dairy factory complex in the southern hemisphere, Whareroa, which has its own gas-fired powerplant. The complex is owned by Fonterra
Hawera also acts as a hub for the large oil and gas industry based in the Taranaki region.
Alan Brough, actor, comedian, and team leader from Spicks and Specks, and writer Ronald Hugh Morrieson, author of cult classics 'The Scarecrow' and 'Came a Hot Friday', came from Hawera. Numerous sporting celebrities also have their roots in Hawera, including former Silver Ferns Captain Adine Wilson and All Black Conrad Smith.
South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre
The South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre promotes South Taranaki's outstanding attractions and facilities. Noted district attractions include the renowned Tawhiti Museum, the Elvis Presley Memorial Record Room, the South Taranaki District Museum and the best surf beaches and outdoor adventures in the world.
South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre:
- provides free tourist information on all parts of New Zealand, with comprehensive information on Taranaki
- books accommodation, attractions and activities anywhere in New Zealand
- is the agent for Intercity, The Interislander, Bluebridge, White Star Passenger Service, Dalroy Express Passenger Service and Tranz Scenic rail journeys
- provides public internet access
- sells a wide range of souvenirs, gifts, postcards, stamps, phone cards and maps
- sells hut tickets for Egmont National Park
- facilitates special events throughout the district, such as Concerts on the Lake
- compiles a diary of coming events
- maintains a database of local clubs and societies
- stores luggage for bus passengers
- organises and runs the Happening Holidays programme for children
- is the ticketing agent for shows in the Memorial Theatre and other events in the area.
Location: 55 High Street
Phone: 06 278 8599
Fax: 06 278 6599
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.15pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 9.30am to 4pm (December-April) and between 10am and 3pm (May-November). Closed Christmas Day.
Monday, August 29, 2016