About Hāwera

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, Hāwera 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. Hāwera 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).


South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

The South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Information 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.


Location: 55 High Street Hāwera
Phone: 06 278 8599
Fax: 06 278 6599
Email: visitorinfo@stdc.govt.nz

Hours are:
Monday - Friday 8.30am to 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am to 3pm



Last updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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