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New Plymouth to Eltham and Hawera

Hawera Water Tower @TripAdvisor Hawera Water Tower @TripAdvisor

Hawera is a small settlement with less than 10,000 residents. The quirky character of the town, its support for art and crafts and two outstanding private museums is worth an afternoon spent pottering around Hawera. Hawera is the location for the largest dairy factory complex in the world, “Whareroa”, which has its own gas-fired power plant. The factory is not open for regular tours… yet. Your journey to Hawera is on the Surf Highway with black sand surf beaches making it a scenic drive between New Plymouth and Hawera.

Water Tower

As you enter the town the dominant landmark is a historic Water Tower built to increase water pressure. This was due to the constant threat of fire. The Water Tower featured on a 1974 telephone directory cover and is now a heritage site and open to visitors. To explore the Water Tower the local visitor centre in Hawera holds the keys to enter.


Quirky Fox – Art, Framing & Design is not just framing, individual pieces from various artists are displayed and together with workshops it is a favourite for visitors with its relaxed casual atmosphere. You are invited to examine pieces to hang or wear or read Beautifully Bizarre with its glorious cover inviting the visitor to open the cover.

Lysaght Watt Art Gallery – A community venue providing space for art exhibitions and community projects. Is a community gallery managed by volunteers who are passionate supporters and artists. People who view art as a social thread for the community. There is a very wide range of styles and medium used making a visit fascinating. There is always something new to challenge the senses.

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New Plymouth to Eltham and Hawera

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