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Havelock North Holiday Guide 2019

24 April, 2019

Havelock North Holiday Guide 2019

Havelock North Holiday Guide 2019

Havelock North is the ultimate holiday destination for 2019. From the stunning sceneries and beautiful wineries through to the friendly community and vibrant atmosphere. If you're looking to visit Havelock North, check out our ultimate guide which will ensure you have an absolutely amazing time in our beautiful piece of paradise. 


Havelock North: Getting There


A great holiday starts with great travel. Havelock North is situated on the plains of Heretaunga in Hawke’s Bay and there are two main ways you can get to us:

Drive to us:

Feel like planning a family road trip? Getting to Hawke’s Bay couldn’t be easier. If you are coming from the upper North Island, you can take the Thermal Explorer Highway by reaching Taupo, then take a left onto State Highway 5, Napier-Taupo road.

You could also take the Pacific Coast Highway. This scenic drive hugs the East Coast of the North Island passing through Bay of Plenty, Gisborne then arriving in Hawke’s Bay. 

The Classic Wine Trail is a great option for couples who are looking to take their time. Head up State Highway 2, until you reach Central Hawke’s Bay. Then you are only 40 minutes away from the beautiful Havelock North.


There are also buses that come in and out of the Hawke's Bay region and many of them stop in the heart of Napier, beside Clive Square. From there, it is just a short walk to Dalton Street - beside the old Napier library and one more bus ride then you are in Havelock North. 

Route 11 is a bus route that leaves the old Napier library and takes you right into the heart of Havelock North. This bus route runs Monday - Friday; 7:10am - 5:20pm. There are alternative routes that can take you through to Hastings and then onwards onto Havelock North if you wish to take your time. 

Fly to us:

Depending on where you are in New Zealand, you can book a flight with Origin Air, Sounds Air, Jetstar, or Air New Zealand who offer direct flights to Hawke’s Bay Airport in Napier. The Hawke’s Bay Airport is only a 30-minute drive from Havelock North.


Havelock North: Local Indoor and Outdoor Activities


Holidays are a great time to bond with your family. These family-friendly activities are a great way to spend time together:

Birdwoods Gallery:

The Birdwoods gallery is a place of storytelling and creative collections. The Birdwoods gallery offers a café, real fruit ice-cream shop, a sculpture garden and an art gallery to relax in, and the famous old-fashioned sweet shop. This is the perfect place to bring the kids to explore while you sit back. Located at 298 Middle Road, Havelock North, the Birdwoods Gallery is open 7 days a week, all year round! If you want to see more information on the Birdwoods Gallery, click here.

Arataki Honey Visitor Centre:

Get your kids buzzing about the bees by taking your family to the interactive, informative honey bee centre of Hawke’s Bay. Visit 66 Arataki Road, Havelock North to taste varieties of honey, observe the bees in the hives, and find some great honey health products from the gift shop. Open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, the Arataki Centre can fit into your schedule easily. And entry is free! Click here to read more. 

National Aquarium of New Zealand:

Discover an exciting world within the water at the National Aquarium in Napier. Napier is only 25 minutes from Havelock North. The Aquarium is well-known for its Penguin Of The Month awards featuring good penguins and bad penguins as voted for by staff and members of the public. The Aquarium also has an oceanarium tunnel, kiwi, tuatara, and sharks! The Aquarium is open every day, including public holidays. For directions, see here. 

Flip Out:

Flip Out is basically a giant indoor green trampoline! It is a great place to take the kids and spend the day. For more information on Flip Out and their session times - see here! 


Laserforce is a fun and challenging activity, ideal for all ages! It is a fast-moving and physical game of laser tag. There are obstacles to hide behind and they are frequently making changes to the layout to make it interesting and different for every occasion. They are open during Winter and Summer, 7 days a week! For more information, check out their website. 



As one of New Zealand’s most beautiful suburbs, Havelock North is surrounded by picturesque views and sceneries. Venturing outside is the perfect way to see Hawke’s Bay countryside. Here are some of our favourite outdoor adventures in and around Havelock North:

Splash Planet: 

If you are planning a holiday for the summertime, Splash Planet is a must-have for our holiday guide. As our local water theme park, Splash Planet offers days of fun, and the kids won’t want to leave. There are tall slides for the adrenaline junkies, a lazy river for relaxing, a water playground and obstacle course. If you don't feel like getting wet there are dry-activities, like fun karts and Jungle jeeps, minigolf.  Splash planet can be found at 1001 Grove Rd, Hastings. That’s a short, 5-minute drive from Havelock North. Add this to your itinerary for your next summer visit to Havelock North. Click to find out more.

The Village Green:

The Village Green is our local community space. With an awesome skatepark, playground and water activities, climbing pole, even table tennis and chess, the village green is a great place to spend some downtime during your Havelock North Holiday. For more information about The Village Green, click here.

The Keirunga Park Railway: 

All aboard! This is another great family day out. The gardens house The Keirunga Park Railway, 846 metres of miniature railway. Up and over the hills, through tunnels and under the footbridge waving at all the spectators as you go! You have a beautiful view of the gardens and Havelock North’s great native park. The trains only run on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month so check their Facebook page for updates.

Te Mata Park:

Te Mata Peak is our local giant and stands 399 metres above the Heretaunga Plains. With stunning walking tracks, challenging mountain biking trails, scenic picnic spots, and even hand gliding and paragliding. This truly is a hub of activity as gates are open from 5 am to 10 pm. Here are directions on how to get there from Havelock North. Once you find yourself at the main gates, you can choose your adventure from the top 5 walking tracks or mountain biking trails!

Maraetotara Falls: 

A hidden Hawke’s Bay gem - Maraetotara Falls offers beautiful cascading water and a large swimming hole for hot summer days. The falls are a local favourite as waters are pristine, and a short walk from the main road and carpark, and only 20 minutes from Havelock North. The walk itself is only around 20 minutes and is rated as easy. For more information on Maretotara Falls, click here. 

PekaPeka Wetlands:

The PekaPeka Wetlands has paths and boardwalks to take you over the water and see the wonderful wildlife. It covers 98 ha and is now mostly owned by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council. Pekapeka Wetlands is one of the few remaining large inland wetlands in Hawke's Bay. You can soak up some rays while exploring the wetlands and have a meal with your loved ones on the picnic tables. The PekaPeka Wetlands can be found on SH2. For more information, click here.

Cape Kidnappers:

Discover the beauty of Cape Kidnappers and the home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world! The tour around Cape Kidnappers to the gannet colony is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with personalized guides assisting you and with biking/tour rides available too. Cape Kidnappers also has rocky cliffs and formations showing fossils and gullies which have been formed over time by the wind and water. Keep in mind - the gannets are not at Cape Kidnappers all year! They migrate back to the Cape each September. Babies - or chicks, start showing up from late November. Gannet numbers do then drop again towards March/April. It is the perfect activity on a warm day. For more information, check out this website here.

Waimarama Beach:

Disappear from the city and discover the peaceful town of Waimarama - about 30 minutes out of Havelock North. Waimarama has beautiful golden sand and is rich with culture. It is a small town with good energy; popular for Waimarama Maori Tours as well as surfing, and swimming. Click here for directions from Havelock North to Waimarama.

Hawke's Bay Farmer's Market:

The Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market is regarded as one of the best farmers' markets in New Zealand. There are always delicious tastings and food, live entertainment and you won't fall short of local goods to browse and purchase. The Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market is every Sunday from 8:30am - 12:30pm. It is at the Hastings Showgrounds, only 7.6km from Havelock North! Click here to visit their website and get directions.


Havelock North is at the heart of food and wine country. If wine tasting is your thing, here are a few wineries located close by worth checking out:  

Black Barn Winery

They are a boutique vineyard just five minutes from the Village of Havelock North in Hawke's Bay Wine Country. Their focus is on premium Bordeaux styled red varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Their award-winning whites include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Black Barn wines are Estate Grown and the fruit is selectively picked. With just over 25 acres many of their wines are available only through the cellar door. See more via their website.

Askerne Wines

Their winemaking seeks to gently coax the flavours and aromatics from the fruit and then to polish and showcase them in all their glory. Winemaking techniques focus on the traditional and the minimalist.

Te Mata Winery

All Te Mata Estate wines are produced exclusively from our own Hawke’s Bay vineyards. A temperate maritime climate with low rainfall, due to the rain shadow from mountains to the west, ensures Te Mata’s sites makes the most of every vintage. At the heart of Te Mata Estate are the Havelock Hills Vineyards - the first legally-protected vineyards in New Zealand. For more information, see their website here:

Or you would rather sit back and enjoy one of our great dishes while sampling a selection from our wine menu, you won't be disappointed!  View it  here: Our Wine List  


Now obviously we think you should come and visit us at Off The Track for the ultimate Havelock North dining experience, but if your trip to Hawke's Bay has been hectic so far and you would prefer takeaways rather than a restaurant meal, here are a few local options: 

Village Fish and Chips: Find them at 10 Treachers lane in Havelock North.  Call them to order and then pick up your order when it suits you! Phone: 06 877 8951

Subway - Also on Treachers Lane! 4 Treachers Lane, Havelock North

Lilim Turkis Take-Aways - 11 Napier Road, Havelock North. Phone: 06 877 9100


Havelock North: Where To Stay - Off The Track Cottages


Off The Track Cottages

Our cottages are secluded, walking distance to the restaurant and well away from other staying guests! All with Te Mata Peak Views! Our Cottages are PRIVATE COTTAGES, only 2 minutes from Havelock North and Hastings.

There are three self-contained cottages for you to choose from - Lavender Cottage, Wattle Tree Cottage, and Peak View Cottage. These three beautiful cottages are the ultimate Havelock North accommodation base for your holiday, all year round.

Bluemoon Backpackers

For the budget traveller, they offer budget accommodation from only $37 for shared rooms and shared bathrooms, or if you prefer more privacy they offer private rooms with shared bathroom starts from $84. Phone 021 133 3705

Johns House

Just around the corner from our cottages and resturant, you will find "Johns House", a luxury holiday home option. Swimming pools, pet-friendly and plenty of space. John's house is a private get-away for someone who is looking for that extra special holiday.  Phone 06 8777494


Havelock North: Plan your next visit


It’s clear that Havelock North is a great getaway destination, any time of the year! To find out more about how you can plan a great stay in Hawke’s Bay, contact us to book your accommodation at Off The Track.

We will add to this guide over the coming months to help travelers plan and enjoy their Hawke's Bay Holiday! If you have something you think we should add, get in touch via our contact form HERE

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