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Wairoa district, northern Hawke’s Bay - an area rich in history and sites of interest, making it an ideal starting point for exploring - rugged coastline, wilderness adventures, safe beaches, world class trout fishing, golf, waterfalls, hiking, hunting, rural experience, surfing, art and museum collections … there is something for everyone!

Wairoa is only 1.5 hours drive from both Napier and Gisborne airports. Due to the vastness and geographic nature of the Wairoa district, to really explore and make the most of the experience, a vehicle is required, making us a perfect destination for the free independent traveller.

The population of Wairoa township is 4,527 and 8,367 in the wider district (as of the 2018 Census population of Wairoa District); 66.9% of our population is of Māori descent. Agriculture, forestry and horticulture are our main industries, along with support products and services.

We have 37 marae within the district, providing an opportunity for visitors to have genuine, authentic Māori cultural experiences.

Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera (formerly a national park) is internationally renowned for its breath-taking beauty, as well as its stormy history. It is also home to one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks, the Lake Waikaremoana track. Boasting stunning native bush, glassy lakes and many waterfalls, Lake Waikaremoana is a must do for every traveller visiting our district.

Mahia Peninsula is encircled by the Pacific Ocean and provides wonderful safe beaches, great surf breaks, rock fishing and diving, walks, golf and many other outdoor activities. Rocket Lab now calls Mahia home, with the development of their rocket launch pad at the southern end of the peninsula.

Mōrere Hot Pools provide hot and cool pools amongst a network of walking tracks through stunning nikau palm forest, ranging from an easy 10 minute stroll to two to three hour hikes.

Trout fishing in the Ruakituri and Hangaroa Rivers is a world class experience.

There is something for everyone in the Wairoa district.

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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