Free Activities on the farm
The Tukituki Trail is a 5min drive to the bottom of the road from the cottage. The trail runs between Waipukurau and Waipawa, with cycling and walking tracks along the river. Gum Tree Park is also at the end of the road for the mountain bikers.
Waipukurau township (population 4,400) offers plenty of food options with two supermarkets, New World & Countdown for all your supermarket needs.
There are also numerous takeaway facilities and The Copperpot Gastro Bar, Saffron Restaurant.
Cafes are also available for your morning tea or lunch fixes.
Spring Fling: www.thespringfling.nz
The Spring Fling is a series of standout events throughout September, October and into early November, capturing the essence of spring time in Central Hawke's Bay!
Jo's favourite part is being able to roam and pick bunches of all the amazing daffodils on 20acres of land.
Waipukurau has its own Movie Theatre, which does show the latest releases. Go to www.civictheatre.net.nz for the movie timetable.
Forest of Memories Arboretum
Pukeora Hill is in Waipukurau where you will find the lovely Forest of Memory Arboretum, which has many plantings and walks.
Swim & Fish the Tukituki River (25 mins drive)
The Tukituki River can also be accessed not far from the iconic Patangata Tavern (25 mins drive). This is where you will find magical swimming spots and trout fishing opportunities.
Hiking & Tramping
The Ruahine and Kaweka ranges have many hikes and tramps with great huts to camp in. Its approx an hour's drive to the carpark to access Sunrise Hut, Triplex Hut and the Waipawa Forks Hut.
There are numerous beautiful beaches all within and hours drive from the cottage. Porongahau, Pourerere, Aramoana (Shoal), Blackhead etc. Waimarama Beach, which is possibly more popular, is a little bit further away.
Art Deco in Napier, cycling, walking, wineries (50 to 60 mins drive)
Hastings and Napier are a short 50/60min drive from the cottage. This is where you will also find many other cycling and walking trails. For more info, go to: www.hawkesbaynz.com.
There are numerous wineries, cellar doors and vineyard restaurants to take your pick from. My favourite is Elephant Hill at Te Awanga or Craggy Range winery, just out of Havelock North.
Havelock North; great shopping, cafes and restaurants
Havelock North is a 40 mins drive from us where you will find great shopping, cafes and restaurants.