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Wondering what to do this summer? Check out the Activities, Clubs, Destinations and Events below for some refreshing ideas.



Wairoa’s Window To The World. The Gaiety theatre is Wairoa’s historic cinema which is built in spectacular Art Deco Style and boasts the largest screen in the Southern Hemisphere.

World Famous in New Zealand recently revitalised with digital projection and 9.3 surround sound. Watching a blockbuster in this iconic theatre is a must do.

For screening times visit the Gaiety Theatre on facebook or visit the Gaiety website.



Voted New Zealand’s best new outdoor activity. An Amazing New Tandem 'Railbike' riding on the actual Rails!

Experience an amazing new cycling adventure on the very scenic 90 kilometers of coastal rail between Gisborne and Wairoa. A totally unique tandem cycle that allows you to ride side by side, no balancing or steering required, just relax and take in the spectacular coast scenery.

E-Bikes are available!

For more information visit



Based at Alexandra Park every Saturday from 8am till 12.30pm, The Riverside Market showcases a selection of coffee, fresh produce, food and art.

The last Sunday of each month the Market hosts Tinkers Alley for bric-a-brac and car boot sales. The Market is partnered with Pare Kore to ensure efficient waste management.

Located right next to the destination playground to ensure a great family morning out. The market holds regular workshops to share the knowledge of some of our talented market vendors.

Visit Wairoa Riverside Market on Facebook for more information.



Located on Pohutukawa Reserve right beside the beach at beautiful Mahia Beach. A beach-side market where artisan products, local produce, art and craft can be purchased and enjoyed. A meeting place for locals and visitors.

The market is held Easter and Labour Weekends and Sundays from Late December through to late January from 9am-12pm.

Visit Mahia Seaside Market on Facebook for more information.



Gifted Sands exhibits local contemporary and traditional Māori art in a unique cultural location. It brings artists and art audiences together, encourages creativity, arts education and participation.

Exhibiting artists range from kuia who have a traditional harakeke background to emerging artists working in clay and cast glass. Others work in stone, pounamu, pingao, kiekie, watercolours, acrylics, number 8 wire and driftwood, pastels, photography, textiles, silver and paua shell, feathers and fibre.

Gifted Sands is a whakapapa based exhibition, held yearly at Mahia peninsula - our home whenua.

Visit Gifted Sands - Mahia Maori Art Exhibition on Facebook for more information.



Based in a refurbishment of the old ANZ bank building on Marine Parade the Wairoa Museum. The museum presents historical displays related to the Maori and European history of the Wairoa area and surrounding districts.

The strength of this museum lies in its photographic collections that present a pictorial history from the 1890s through to the present day. There is also a very strong collection of Maori taonga.

Main gallery features the long-term display – Whakaatatanga o Te Wairoa – Reflections of the Long River. This installation traces the natural and cultural history of our area from the time of first colonisation, approximately 1000 years ago, to the present.

For more information and opening hours please visit the Wairoa Museum page on the Wairoa District Council website.



Nestled on the rugged coastline of Northern Hawke’s Bay, Waihua Station is first and foremost a working sheep and beef farm.

The Farm Shop based at Waihua Station offers an opportunity to relax with coffee and fry bread, experience the idyllic location and enjoy this unique part of the world, peruse the art and accessories from the beautiful and unique collection at Marigold & Amber.

Pick up some tasty Bostock chicken or Black Sheep lamb for dinner. Relax and enjoy.

Visit the Farm Shop on Facebook for more information.


Adventure Wairoa is the Wairoa hub aimed at strengthening and supporting Wairoa adventure sporting codes. It is a sporting home for rowing, waka ama, multisport, trisport, road cycling and mountain biking.

Adventure Wairoa has opened a Mountain Bike Park with Over 7kms of single trail. From kid-friendly Grade 2 tracks, through to technical Grade 4s, the park offers professionally-built options for a wide-range of riders.

Located at Fraser Street on the outskirts of the Wairoa Township the park has well and truly exceeded its expectations of promoting mountain biking in the Wairoa District and attracting tourism to our town.

Visit the Adventure Wairoa website for more information.



The Mahia Golf course is located on Mahia Beach with views second to none across the bay making it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand!

The drive to the golf course is as rewarding as finishing 18 holes following the coast with breathtaking views of the world famous surf spot ‘Blacks Beach’ and Mokotahi hill rising from the bay.

The club encourages visitors. Green fees are set at $10 for nine holes and $20 for 18.

Contact Elizabeth Powdrell for bookings on +64 6 837 7630.



Located on State Highway 38 only 5.5kms from the Wairoa i-SITE.

This is a lovely 18 hole course in a rural setting with some obstacles offering a challenge to all golfers. The club house is located at the highest point giving spectacular views of the surrounding area and peak-a-boo views of the Wairoa River

For additional information and bookings phone +64 6 838 6437.



The best spot on the Wairoa River! The Wairoa Waterski Club is perched on the river bank at Alexandra Park, Marine Parade West, located conveniently next to the center of town.

The Wairoa River is renowned for its suitability for waterskiing, wakeboarding, and barefooting attracting watersport enthusiasts from all over and the club also holds learn to ski days. For more information contact



The Mahia Fishing Club functions all year round but bursts from the seams with events throughout summer.

For more information or to enquire about membership send and email to or phone +64 21 08379364.


Space Coast New Zealand is part of the Wairoa District coastline from which space launches can be viewed. South Islander Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, chose the very tip of the Mahia peninsula as the perfect spot for the world's first and only private commercial orbital launch site.

The Wairoa District Council has allocated a viewing area for people to safely view a launch. The area near Nuhaka is accessible via Blucks Pit Road - visit our Space Coast New Zealand page for more information.



Te Urewera is renowned for its breath taking beauty and extends over 2,127 km2 of native flora and fauna. Te Urewera is home to several lakes the largest Waikaremoana is situated 50 minutes from the Wairoa Township and is an outdoor playground with walks, fishing, hunting, camping, caving, waterfalls, swimming native wildlife including a well-established Kiwi Population.

Coupled with a rich cultural history this area has something for everyone.

The first port of call should be the Te Kura Whenua – Visitor Experience Centre.

For more information contact the centre on +64 6 837 3803 or visit the Lake Waikaremoana page for more information.



A treat not to be missed – gorgeous hot and cold springs set amid 364 hectares of rainforest. Rare in the world of hot springs, the Morere Springs produce 250,000 litres a day of hot ancient sea water.

Known for its therapeutic values, the water is piped to a series of public and private hot pools. It is definitely worth taking a walk on any of the various walks in the Morere Scenic Reserve, from 10-minute walks up to three hours. Especially famous for its nikau palms, the dense virgin rainforest is home to a wide range of native birds.

Visit the Morere Hotsprings website for more information.



The A&P Show has always been one of 'the events' for rural and town folk alike, and it is one of the last true family entertainment days in the Wairoa District.

The picturesque show grounds provide a perfect backdrop to the A&P Show. The mature willow trees planted around the arena provide spectators with plenty of shade while watching their favourite events. On-going tree planting over the past few years is enhancing the grounds even more.

With open rodeo, competition shearing, dog trials and top class show jumping and equestrian events, we have more to offer than your average family day out. Sideshows for the Children, Lulu the Clown, Local Performers make for great family entertainment.

16 – 18 January 2020, Wairoa A&P Showgrounds, Ruataniwha Road, Wairoa



Visit the Mahia Boating and Fishing Club on Facebook for more information.

Alternatively or to enquire about membership email or phone +64 21 083 793 64

11th January 2020




Nestled on Marine Parade with views across the Wairoa River. Eastend Café is the home to great food and Havana coffee and hold regular live music gigs. Its bohemian cool aesthetic has made it a favorite becoming a hotspot for traveling artists.

  • Tattletale Saints
    February sees the return of the always popular Tattletale Saints who have just completed a new album of original material. Cy and Vanessa are returning home from Nashville TN for a series of intimate acoustic duo concerts around New Zealand.
    Sat 15th Feb, 8pm - Eastend Cafe, Marine Parade
  • Joel Fafard
    The Award-winning Canadian guitarist Joel Fafard will be returning to perform Southern roots and blues classics. When he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe. His NZ trip comes before two European tours planned for later in the year.
    Wed 26th Feb - Eastend Cafe, Marine Parade
    (keep an eye out on Eastend Cafe's Facebook page for more details)



The Annual surfcasting competition based on the picturesque Whakamahia Beach located 3km from the centre of town. Just follow the river to the sea and you will arrive on beach.

Whether you are a spectator of a keen angler it is always a great family day. Not to mention a great prize pool with $1000 each for the heaviest gurnard, kahawai and snapper!

Sunday, 2nd of February



Visit the Mahia Boating and Fishing Club on Facebook for more information.

Alternatively or to enquire about membership email or phone +64 21 083 793 64

8th February 2020



Visit the Mahia Boating and Fishing Club on Facebook for more information.

Alternatively or to enquire about membership email or phone +64 21 083 793 64

28th February - 1st March 2020



Country racing at its best! With an intimate setting the two race days traditionally held in late February are family friendly affairs with a picnic atmosphere.

Just 2 km from the town center, located in a true rural setting, with the first class racing track at Te Kupenga. The first of the race days is held on a Thursday with the Wairoa Cup hotly contested on the following Sunday.

Thursday 20th February - Wairoa Race Day
Sunday 23rd February - Wairoa Cup Day




Visit the Mahia Boating and Fishing Club on Facebook for more information.

Alternatively or to enquire about membership email or phone +64 21 083 793 64

14th March 2020

Where to find the iSITE

Physical Address: 9 Paul Street, Wairoa 4108
Postal Address: PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
Opening Hours:
Weekdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Weekends and public holidays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CLOSED Christmas Day

Contact us

0800 HAWKES BAY (429537 229)
and press 3 for Wairoa

+64 6 838 7440
+64 6 838 3901

9 Paul Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
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