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South Taranaki Attractions and Activities


South Taranaki has a range of attractions, including the nationally acclaimed Tawhiti Museum in Hawera, the Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, the possum and merino store, Envirofur, and the award-winning Eltham Cheese Shop.


South Taranaki has many beautiful beaches with classic surf breaks, including Stent Road, the Kumara Patch, Fitzroy Beach and Arawhata Road. Great swimming beaches include Ohawe, Kaupokonui and Opunake.


Golf courses in the area include Te Ngutu, Manaia, Opunake, Hawera, Patea, Eltham and Stratford, all within a 30-minute drive.

Other attractions in the area include:

  • Dawson Falls

  • King Edward Park

  • Lake Rotokare

  • Naumai Park

  • Lake Rotorangi

  • Goodson Dell

  • Tawhiti Museum

  • Hawera Water Tower

  • Nowells Lake

  • PowerCo Aquatic Centre


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With Taranaki's epic surf, spectacular gardens, great events, legendary mountain and countless outdoor and cultural adventures, it's easy to see why the region prides itself on being a destination like no other.


Taranaki Pioneer Village: a unique outdoor museum exploring Taranaki heritage.


Tawhiti Museum: bringing you face to face with your heritage, including pottery, souvenir and gift shop, old print and bookshop.


Dam Dropping: the world's first commercially sledged hydro dam.


Golf Taranaki: courses catering for golfers at all levels.


Hollard Gardens: charming, intimate gardens.


South Taranaki: everything you need to help you explore the region.


Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve: walkways through 230 hectares of stunning, forested hill, around extensive wetlands and natural lake.

Tudor Lodge Hawera
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