Vacation rentals in Hāwera

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Popular amenities for Hāwera vacation rentals

Stay near Hāwera's top sights

PAK'nSAVE Hawera6 locals recommend
Countdown Hawera5 locals recommend
Tawhiti Museum37 locals recommend
King Edward Park6 locals recommend
Rough Habits Sports Bar & Cafe4 locals recommend
Upside Down Eatery4 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Hāwera

  • Total rentals

    30 properties

  • Popular amenities

    Kitchen, Wifi, and Pool

  • Wifi availability

    20 properties include access to wifi

  • Family-friendly rentals

    10 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    700 reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $40 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Hāwera

All About Hāwera

Located in the southwest of the North Island, Hāwera is the main town in the south of the Taranaki region, one of New Zealand’s most popular outdoor activities hubs. The town is bordered by water on three sides — the undulating Tawhiti Stream to the north and east, the Waingongoro River to the west, and the South Taranaki Bight to the south — so there’s plenty of opportunity to swim, kayak, and surf here. Hāwera is hard to miss when you drive in from the south, as you're greeted by a huge cow sculpture outside the enormous dairy. Dairy is big business here, and you’ll find plenty of cheese-based dishes to try and ice cream stores serving up flavors made with local milk.

If you're feeling energetic, for a small fee, you can climb to the top of the water tower and observe a panoramic view of the town, coastline, and the Mount Taranaki volcano. Two central parks — Naumai Park and King Edward Park — provide scenic green spaces along with a peaceful lake, while the black sand of Waihī Beach is less than 10 minutes away by car.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Hāwera

The south Taranaki region is mainly dry, but you could experience storms moving in from across the Tasman Sea, and packing a waterproof jacket is recommended whatever the season. Windy weather is common here, especially in spring (between September and November), so you should wrap up to take a guided walk of the nationally renowned King Edward Park Gardens as part of the Taranaki Garden Festival held at the beginning of November. Black sand beaches are hot to the touch in summer (December to March), when locals head to the beach to swim, so don’t forget to take shoes down to the surf. Heavy frosts are rare in the winter months (June through August), and snow and hail are rare at lower altitudes.

Top things to do in Hāwera

Tawhiti Museum

A few minutes north of the town, the Tawhiti Museum features thousands of models depicting the history of the Taranaki region, which are designed and built on-site and cover the period after a European trading station was established in the early 19th century. The detailed displays include dioramas of the whale trade from the 1800s, the bush railway used for logging, and the evolution of modern farm machinery.

Forgotten Highway

A few miles out of Hāwera is the village of Stratford, which marks the beginning of the Forgotten Highway. The road follows an ancient Māori trading path over 90 miles into the Egmont National Park. This is one of the most scenic drives on the North Island, offering commanding vistas of the volcano Mount Taranaki as you make your way up into the mountains.

Rotokare Scenic Reserve

The wetlands and forests of Rotokare Scenic Reserve are around a 30-minute drive north of town, extending over 560 acres with a sprawling natural lake. You can spot forest geckos on the ground and North Island Robins among the Kahikatea/White Pines, and there are even night tours if you want to see the reserve in a whole new light.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Hāwera?

    Hāwera has more than 10 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do house rentals in Hāwera have free parking?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with free parking in Hāwera. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Hāwera have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with wifi in Hāwera. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Hāwera?

    Experience the best of Hāwera with our house rentals, starting at about $40 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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