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tourist times MARCH 2013


Come to Celebrate as Te Manawa honours the women of the world The Big Girls Peace Parade starts 12 noon from Te Manawa 326 Main Street Palmerston North

- see page 9

Artists Autumn Extravaganza Easter Sunday – Admission Free. Wine and Chocolate tasting all Easter Weekend.

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WELCOME TO OUR TOURIST TIMES REGIONS Wellington - Nature Coast - Manawatu - Rangitikei - Whanganui South Taranaki - Stratford - New Plymouth - Waitomo - Otorohanga - Ruapehu - Eastland - Hawkes Bay - Tararua - Wairarapa Welcome to the March edition of Tourist Times. If you have a day or even a month to spend in our region we can help you plan your visit to make the most of your time and see the best our amazing country has to offer. This is one of 4 editions that covers all of New Zealand and you will find us at I sites, tourism businesses ,airports, on the ferries, and at many accommodation places and cafes throughout the country. Through our website we reach the world - go to to see all our editions. As we go into Autumn and summer ‘s heat start to leave our islands, the crowds are often less so it is a great time to go and see the amazing ‘backyard’ that draws so many international visitors. I wish you happy exploring. Jill Bradley, Editor.

New Plymouth Walkway

Mt Egmont/Taranaki, Stratford

Opunake Beach, South Taranaki

Forgotten World Adventures, Stratford

Ohakune, Ruapehu

Hawke’s Bay Rangitikei River

Wanganui River, Whanganui Windfarm, Tararua

Capital Tourism 2009 Ltd

Kapiti, Nature Coast

Central Hawke’s Bay




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Cobblestones Museum Market

Market in Greytown selling quality local art, craft and produce. Open every 3rd Sunday of the month from 10.00am - 1.00pm. If you are interested in having a stall please contact Linda via email kirkland.linda1@ Starts: Sunday, 17 March, 10:00am At: Cobblestones Regional Early Settlers Museum

International Women’s Day

Maori, Latin American and Bhutanese women have worked together to make giant puppet Big Girls for the Peace Parade 8 March - 12 noon.

Balloons Over Wairarapa 2013 Join us for the annual Wairarapa balloon fiesta. The 2013 Trust House Balloons Over Wairarapa, held over four days, will be the 15th major festival in as many years to be held in the Wairarapa region, a beautiful part of New Zealand, with a population of 38,000, an hour’s drive from the capital city of Wellington. The region’s patchwork landscape of large open paddocks, good road network and welcoming landowners help make life easy for the balloonists, crews and spectators. Uncontrolled airspace and absence of a major airport in the Wairarapa gives balloon pilots more freedom than at many other events. They have been able to enjoy flights up to 9,500 feet, with stunning views of New Zealand’s snow-capped Southern Alps to the south, and the Pacific Ocean over mountains to the west and hills to the east. The programme begins at 7am on Thursday March 21 with a mass ascension from Carrington Park in Carterton. All ballooning events are free of charge except the Night Glow: Adults $7, Children 12 & under $4, under 5s free. Family (2 adults, 3 children) $20. Cash gate sales only.

Inside this issue: page 2 Welcome and map page 3 Events page 4 Wellington page 5 Hutt Valley page 6 Wairarapa/Tararua/ Manawatu page 7 Central Hawkes Bay page 8 Hawkes Bay page 9 Hawkes Bay Wine page 10 Wanganui page 11 Kapiti Coast page 12 Rangitikei page 13 Stratford page 14 New Plymouth page 15 Mokau page 16 Scenic Flights

Waimarino Rodeo 16 – 17 Mar 2013 Contact: Secretary - Cathy MacLean - Phone 06 385 4636 or 027 240 1090. Event Venue: Raetihi Showgrounds, SH 4, Raetihi.


Editor: Jill Bradley Phone: 09 376 3080 Mobile: 0279144317 3/80 A Sackville St, Grey Lynn, Auckland Graphic design by Andrea Burrows: bcreative print & graphics

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The Beehive. Image by Heinz Hubler. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour and surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city waiting to be explored.

Welsh Dragon Bar   Even if you are not from Wales, you will love the hospitality at the Welsh Dragon Bar. It is the ONLY Welsh bar in the southern hemisphere! We feature brilliant live music from Thursday-Sunday including some very talented modern (& hunky!!) pianists, excellant Welsh vocalist & acoustic guitar (Jack). We have weekend specials such as superb Mulled Wine & our hearty Welsh Broth, “Cawl” & a lovely feature fireplace to warm the extremities or enjoy the large enclosed courtyard for fresh air! Jo & Mike ran the only Welsh restaurant in NZ for 11 years before opening the Welsh Pub in town 7 years ago, so they are well geared up for hands-on hospitality after 18 years behind them & love to entertain the travellers you never know what will happen next! Mike & Jo are naturally the genuine Welsh hosts along with all the Welsh staff who thrive on their hospitality & genuine love of promoting all things Welsh.

Today Wellington boasts as many cafes per head as New York... big city attractions with a small city feel... nature around every corner in the form of trees, parks, reserves, sanctuaries, wild life and zoos... a ‘mini Harrods’ in the form of department store Kirkaldie and Staines... quirky shopping in Cuba Mall... the best restaurants in New Zealand... a golden beach... a rugged coastline and ocean seas... playgrounds and toyshops... world renowned interactive museums... a capital city with fine edifices and law courts... a waterfront accessible to all... restaurants serving delicious local as well as international food styles... bars and night clubs to romance the night away.

PLIMMERTON Your Interislander Ferry Stopover

SpinnakerMotel PLIMMERTON

Spinnaker Motel offers easy access and parking to visitors wanting superior accommodation at affordable prices who are travelling on State Highway 1 to or from Wellington City”.

Cruise Wellington’s Harbour   Wellington looks stunning from the harbour. For a visitor, a cruise on the city’s unique harbour ferry service feels like a privilege, but commuters do it every day on the Dominion Post ferries.   You can do it too - ferries depart Queens Wharf throughout the day for scenic Days Bay at Eastbourne, with its beautiful native bush and great waterfront cafes. Or take the 10.00am or 12.00pm and stop at historic Matiu Somes Island on route and learn about Wellington’s early history.


Spinnaker Motel is situated immediately opposite the charming coastal village of Plimmerton which shelters a selection of restaurants and cafes. Motel Facilities •  Internet Access •  Guest Laundry •  Children’s Play Area •  Visitors Car Parking

Cnr State Highway 1 & Grays Rd, Plimmerton Phone 04 233 8171  Freephone 0800 229 592  Email Website






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HOP ON HOP OFF Wellington is bursting at the seams with fun and exciting things to see and do. From 360° panoramic harbour views to a world-class wildlife sanctuary; interactive museums to beautiful heritage buildings; even the famous weta cave - John’s Hop On Hop Off City Tour visits them all! With 18 stops that form a large loop around the city the drivers at John’s Hop On Hop Off City Tour will share the stories of Wellington’s history and take you in their modern mini-buses to the best sights and attractions in Wellington. Tour departs daily from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre, on the hour starting at 10am, with the last loop leaving at 2pm. You can choose to stay on and enjoy the full two-hour loop or you can hop off at any of the 18 stops along the way, explore the attraction, and hop on again an hour later. Tickets last for 24 hours. Enjoy the ride! scan here for full details


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As the first place of organised settlement in New Zealand the Hutt Valley is filled with amazing old stories and combines an outdoor haven with new culture, cutting edge art and a tasty food scene.

Explore the Hutt Valley top ten must do’s

Weaving movie magic

Cycling Heaven

  The Hutt Valley is full of tracks and trails to explore. Take to the easy Hutt River Trail which follows the 28km of river for the length of the Hutt Valley or take off into the hills for a more strenuous adventure. New Zealand’s first dam and lighthouse, hilltop ammunition bunkers from WWII or just look for the views to the South Island and mountains of the lower North Island.   There are a range of bike sizes with helmets and locks. Pick bikes up from the Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Cycle Pencarrow

Waiwhetu Treasures

Local Maori, Te Atiawa, welcomed the first settlers from the New Zealand Company out of England when they arrived on the shores of Petone in 1839. Today you’re welcomed in to their home to discover rich local heritage and encounter the world of the internationally-renowned Hetet family of Maori artists. Nestled in the Maori tribal village at Waiwhetu, you will find Hetet Art Space – full of warm and engaging hospitality touching the hearts of those who visit. Art is an important part of Maori tradition and the Hetet family ensure it’s alive and well. Ask about the stories behind these artworks and it’s no surprise to us at ‘our local’ that visitors leave surprised and enchanted by some pretty special art and hospitality. Visitors to Waiwhetu are among good company with names like Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Princess Diana and Prince Charles all having been previous guests of the Te Atiawa people. Don’t be surprised if you’ve seen some of these pieces before as Hetet works feature in collections and exhibitions across the world. The impressive contemporary whare waka across the road houses treasured traditional waka and artefacts. The gallery and Kotuku Rendezvous cafe are open daily 9am - 4pm.

Bike out to the stunning Pencarrow Coast and discover New Zealand’s first lighthouse at the head of Wellington harbour. 21 shipwrecks have ended up here – most recently in 1981. Explore historic remnants, nationally significant lakes and wetlands just a few minutes further on - and find a seal or two lazing in the sun. Hire a bike for the day, then finish with fine dining and award winning gelato in Days Bay and Eastbourne.

Visit Stansborough – and follow their story of how they are turning a unique breed of sheep’s wool into cloth and garments that are purchased throughout the world and more widely seen on the sets of movies like the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Narnia. The Eldridge family has bred a rare type of sheep on a picturesque farm in the Wairarapa. Using beautifully restored historic weaving looms from the 1800s, they produce garments of exceptional quality that have caught the eye of costume designers for many movies. Stansborough produce New Zealand’s most innovative and natural textiles treasures – with movie costuming, blankets, throws, wraps, scarves and baby wear. Stansborough Greys’ blue-grey wool is extremely lustrous and much finer than other sheep of the same original breed. The end product is totally natural and eco friendly - from the sustainable way the animals are farmed, right through to the chemical-free hand finished textiles. Fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit can buy products direct from the source and view the weaving mill in action through a window to the past at Stansborough’s Mill at 22 Sydney Street, Petone. Open Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm Phone 04 566 5591

The Dowse Art Museum

More New Zealand Firsts

Marking the first settlement of the New Zealand Company from England. You’ll find many New Zealand firsts dotted around the region; Korokoro Dam, Pencarrow Lighthouse and the first rugby game in the north island was held in Petone. The Settlers Museum on the harbour foreshore at Petone marks the spot where the first settler’s ship arrived from England in 1840. Explore the enterprising powerhouse of Petone’s past and an impressive mix of ‘made in New Zealand’ stories. Petone Rugby Club has a first class museum celebrating the first 125 years of rugby in the community.

The Dowse Art Museum is arguably the best contemporary gallery in New Zealand and sits as a centrepiece of Hutt City across from the newly completed civic square. There’s an ever-changing line up of local, national and international artists and designers. Live performances include a monthly Late Lounge showcasing kiwi music in a relaxed family friendly environment. The Dowse also houses Nuku Tewhatewha, significant Pataka (Mãori store house, usually for food) was commissioned by paramount chief Wi Tako Ngatata of Te Atiawa and carved in the 1850s as a sign of support for Kíngitanga, or the Mãori King Movement. It is one of only seven Pataka built around the North Island as ‘Pillars of the Kingdom’, and the only one to survive. FREE ENTRY. Open daily 10am–5pm

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Until the end of April:

We are open Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Good Friday.

You’ll find us 19 kilometres north of Dannevirke in Lower Norsewood. • • • • •

Free Tea & Coffee Factory Sock Shop (seconds/specials) Possum Merino Garments and Accessories Fine Merino & Woollen Garments Art Gallery

Stonehenge Aotearoa   Built on the same scale as the original Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plains of England, Stonehenge Aoteoroa sits overlooking the peaceful Wairarapa countryside 85 kms from Wellington. In this awe inspiring place visitors can explore the mysteries of the past and learn how early cultures used the Sun, Moon and stars in their lives. The astronomy of ancient Egypt, Babylon and the Indus Valley of North Western India, Polynesian navigation, Celtic and Maori star lore are all illustrated here. Join a guided tour to learn the secrets of the stones. Until the end of April Tours depart Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays at 11 am. Adults $16; Seniors and Students $13; Children 12 and under $8. Bookings are recommended. Free walking independent tours are also available: Adults $6; Children $3. Ph 06 377160 or check www.

Come to Celebrate as Te Manawa honours the women of the world The Big Girls Peace Parade starts 12 noon from Te Manawa 326 Main Street Palmerston North

...producing olive oil, hazelnuts, table grapes and horseradish.

Grove tours and tastings | OPEN 10am - 4pm 179 Bidwills Cutting Road (old Moroa Road)

RD 1 Greytown 5794

133 High Street State Highway 2 Dannevirke

T: 06 304 7166 T: 027 269 6428 E:

Autumn is coming and the Hazelnuts are beginning to fall at Fantail Grove. A special treat for visitors at this time of year is being able to try these in their ‘green’ state. Spend an afternoon with Margot here and you will learn so much about olives, oils and hazelnuts, as she shares her love and knowledge of her unique range of products. You can sample infused oils and learn the differences between varieties. At the end of March Fantail Grove will be open so you can pick your own grapes –don’t miss this fabulous seasonal event. Open most weekends or by appointment. Go to www. to order online and find up to date information.

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Sawyers Arms

Lime Rock Vineyard


McCauleys Cafe CHB Settlers Museum

Napier to Taupo 142km Napier to Wellington 319km

Junction Wines

Porangahau Beach

Kick Back, Relax

Chapelwick Duke of Ed

Open Easter Weekend on SH 50 Enjoy good food in a great Atmosphere AND escape the hustle & bustle


Central Hawke’s Bay

Café & Coffee Garden Bar, Cosy House Bar & Lovely Refurbished Dining Room

Coastal beaches, fertile plains, winding rivers and the Ruahine Range provide a rich assortment of opportunities. The district is renowned for its walks, from the coastline to the gentle foothills of the Ruahine Ranges, legendary fishing and visitors come from all parts of the globe for a flight in the local aero clubs 1936 de Havilland Tiger Moth. Visit one of the beautifully restored country houses and gardens and learn about rural life in New Zealand in the early 1900’s.

You can feel like the lord (or lady) of the manor at the magnificient Chapelwick Estate.

Chapelwick Estate

The Duke is located a easy 1 ¼ hours drive from Napier and Palmerston North. Porangahau Road Phone: 06-855 5266 Email:

Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel

Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, Porangahau, in the heart of the Hawkes Bay. Established in the late 1800’s it was and still is the heart and soul of the Porangahau community. Known fondly as “The Duke” by locals it offers a warm and friendly feel, with a touch of good old country hospitality to all those who enter through the doors. So whether its calling in for a quick cup of coffee, or meeting up with friends and family for a Sunday lunch, the Duke is definitely the place to be. Proprietor David Severinsen and his staff invite you to join them in their little slice of paradise - Porangahau and make a great day out by enjoying Porangahau and the surrounding area’s.

  The magnificent estate that is Chapelwick will make you feel as though you are the Lord – or the Lady – of the manor. But you won’t need to be nobility to enjoy this – your hosts, Rod and Raewyn Sykes, will make your stay so comfortable that the only discomfort might be the prospect of leaving. Located near Waipukurau and only minutes to the golden sands of Porangahau Beach, the Chapelwick heritage can be traced back to the establishment of the massive Porangahau sheep station in 1854, although this plush home was built in 1920. Today guests savor the remoteness, taking long walks, playing tennis, or just staying indoors in front of the fire to take in a movie, devour a book or sip a local wine. No matter how an appetite is earned, the farm style meals are wonderful. Opening for Sunday Brunch from Sunday 30th December with delicious food cooked by Chef Thorsten Witzel. 

• Family Gatherings • Takeaways • Stag & Hen Parties

388 Highway 50, Tikokino 06 856 5446 email:

The current hotel is the second on the site named for the many mill-workers that used to congregate in its bar. The Sawyers Arms is now a beautifully refurbished country pub , an ideal place to stop while exploring the scenic back roads of State Highway 50. New hosts at The Sawyers Arms, Jo Hardwick-Smith and Tony Tyson invite you to relax and sample their good country fare or just call in for a refreshing pint, glass of local wine or a great cup of coffee. Join a Jam session with local musicians on the second Thursday of every month from 7 pm at the Sawyers Arms.

Special: Treat Yourself

2 nights on the beautiful Porangahau Coast only $199 Certificate of Excellence Award Winner for 2011

Put your feet up and let us look after you

BLEDON TAVERN M I W Real Country Tavern

McCauley’s Store Cafe & Bar

Take a  step  into  the  everyday  life  of  early  settlers  in   Central  Hawkes  Bay.  The  varied  collections  are   displayed in  an  authentic  way  so  visitors  can  imagine   what  life  used  to  be  like.  

Open 7  days  10am  –  4pm   Closed  Christmas  &  New  Year  Day   Adults  $5              CHB  Residents  $3       Children  (5-­‐‑12)  $1  

23 High  Street,  Waipawa   06  8577288  

Just 500m off SH 2 is the small rural town of Otane. With its classic houses and tall trees it is an idyllic place to stop. McCauley’s Store Cafe is in an art deco building originally dedicated in 1929. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside and admiring the 100 year old Linden tress that line the street. A great place for a group or just treat yourself with a Devonshire tea, a light lunch or a great Hawthorne coffee. Don’t forget to taste the local wines and browse the gift gallery full of interesting local products and distinctive NZ giftware.


In 1986 the Historic Bank of New Zealand Building was gifted to the people of Central Hawkes Bay to house a museum. This area is rich in history, Waipawa being one of the oldest inland towns in New Zealand. Take a step into the everyday life of early settlers. The varied collections are displayed in an authentic way so visitors can imagine what life used to be like.

32 Higginson Street, OTANE, PH: 06 856 8358 open from 9am - 4pm ( Closed Mondays )


Superb homemade food, complimented with local wines and great coffee. homemade Accoutrements available. Country ambience with outdoor seating. Small group functions by arrangement. free wi-fi.

Accommodation, meals & country hospitality Hosts Robert & Lorraine de Visser

Continuing Tradition

  Historic Wimbledon Tavern is a true country pub original in style and setting. An enduring oasis that has been welcoming travellers for 125 years and your hosts Robert and Lorraine de Visser are proud to keep the tradition going.   Situated 20km south of Porangahau on route 52 in the little farming community of Wimbledon, very close to Herbertville Beach and “The Cape” were Captain Cook turned twice “Cape Turnagain”.   The recently refurbished Wimbledon Tavern can now boast a beautiful decked garden bar where you can relax, enjoying a beer and a seafood basket or perhaps a toasted sandwich and a coffee. If that doesn’t tempt your taste buds there is more choice from the generous menu. Larger groups are easily catered for with a buffet menu by arrangement.   If you are exploring the Central or Southern Hawkes’ Bay coast line and need a place to rest your head Wimbledon Tavern offers accommodation with all amenities provided. For small or large groups a small self contained cottage for 2 or perhaps the 3 bedroom lodge adjacent to the pub are ideal. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00am. Phone 06 374 3504 or email

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Ranging from Mahia in the north through to Porangahau in the south, the long hot summers and the mild sunny winters make Hawke’s Bay the perfect year round holiday destination.   The region boasts over 150 vineyards, more than 90 wineries, and 35 cellar doors, traditional farmers’ markets, boutique food stores and fabulous fresh products and is widely recognised as New Zealand’s leading wine and food region.   Outdoor dining at one of the many award winning winery restaurants is a must, as is partaking in one of the many winery concerts over the summer months.   The backbone of Hawke’s Bay is the stunning natural beauty that is only enhanced by the long sunny days.

Gannet Colony & More

Mohaka Rafting gives guests an amazing North Island rafting experience

DAY TRIPS: Mohaka River grade 2 - Scenic Rafting Splash Mohaka River grade 3 - The Whitewater Plunge Mohaka River grade 4/5 - The Big One…

Hop off the beaten track and experience the wilderness of New Zealand Great for adults, families or groups looking for a fun & a challenge

Mokaka Rafting is located at

Time Out B&B, 3408 Old State Highway 5 about 50kms or 35 minutes northwest of Napier Phone: (water) 027 825 8539 (land) 06 839 1808

Get off the Beaten Track

  This is a unique, fun eco-experience tour that is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with personalized service and guides who point out the natural and geological wonders of the area. With almost 60 years’ experience, Gannet Beach Adventures provides a 4 hour mild adventure, travelling along the majestically rugged coastline from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers. During the tour you will: •  spend time with and get incredibly close to the majestic gannets in their natural habitat; •  discover how nature has shaped and formed the towering cliffs of the Cape Kidnappers coastline; •  view ancient earthquake fault lines & fossils, and see gullies formed by wind and water; •  enjoy a memorable tour experience while travelling on our iconic vintage tractors.   A ride with Gannet Beach Adventures can be many things – a nice day beside the sea, an opportunity to view the amazing wildlife, or a trip back in time as told by the layers in the coastal cliffs. Put them all together and it is a special experience – come and see for yourself!

  Mohaka Rafting gives guests an amazing North Island rafting experience. From scenic half-day, grade II raft and duckie (inflatable kayak) trips down the stunning Mohaka river valley to multi-day expedition trips which bring people into the heart of untouched New Zealand backcountry. Headed by local guide Norman Brown, Mohaka Rafting has assembled a collection of international guides in the roster to offer guests years of valuable and varied experience. Whether you choose to take part in a single day, or drop into the backcountry by helicopter with us for a multi-day adventure Mohaka Rafting has the ability to meet your thrill - or trout seeking needs …even make a weekend of it, come raft the Mohaka and stay at:

Welcome to Ocean Spa Napier’s premier heated pools and health & fitness complex Relax and enjoy panoramic ocean views from our heated salt chlorinated pools. Soak away your cares and reenergise your mind and body in the outdoor spas. Watch the sun or moon rise over the idyllic Cape Kidnappers. Open : Monday - Saturday (6am to10pm) Sunday and Public Holidays (8am to 10pm)

42 Marine Parade, Napier. P: (06) 835 8553 | | E:

A Sweet Experience   Did you know that 1kg of honey is the nectar of 3 million flowers! Would you like to find out more??? Then make Beeline to Arataki Honey Visitors Centre, in Havelock North, this summer where a few thousand of their millions of workers are on hand to help you discover more about the honeybee and their world!!   Arataki Honey is one of New Zealand’s largest beekeeping operations & has graced the pantry of many a New Zealander both here and overseas. Their purpose built Visitor Centre is where many a visitor young and old can enjoy discovering the Honey Bees world in a truly comfortable & interactive environment. With a live bee wall, beekeeping displays and so much more you will be amazed at what this fascinating little creature brings to our world.   This superb visitor centre is a highlight of any visit to Hawkes Bay and with 8 flavours available for tasting and an expansive retail section it is truly “A SWEET EXPERIENCE”. It is open every day from 9 – 5 pm, Entry is free and there is lots of car parking!

The team at Hastings City Art Gallery is delighted to be hosting the exciting touring exhibition, KERMADEC - LINES IN THE OCEAN until the end of April. The exhibition features work in a range of media from nine senior South Pacific artists - Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, Jason O’Hara, John Pule, John Reynolds, Elizabeth Thomson and Robin White. This group of artists travelled to the Kermadec Islands in 2011 with the New Zealand Navy and were inspired to create a variety of artwork which formed the original Kermadec exhibition. Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean is made up or mostly new work also inspired by the voyage and the Kermadec region. The exhibition aims to explore, raise awareness and try to understand this unique environment just 1,000 north of Auckland. This exhibition is produced and toured by The Pew Environment Group in association with the Tauranga Art Gallery. In HCAG’s smaller space, the Holt Gallery, Richard Parker’s stunning ceramic work is on display from March 23rd. Richard Parker has been influencing New Zealand ceramic art throughout his 30 year career, and the exhibition Richard Parker: Master of Craft celebrates that. The best way to keep abreast of Hastings City Art Gallery’s exhibitions, events and news is to check out, follow @HCAGnz on Twitter or ‘like’ the gallery on Facebook. HCAG is open 7 Days: 10am-4:30pm. Entry is free. During the festive season, the gallery is only closed on the statutory holidays (25th and 26th of December and 1st and 2nd of January).

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Hawkes Bay Trails & Bridge Pa Wine Growing District The Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District is located on old terraces of the Ngaruroro River, which up until 10,000 years ago flowed out to sea between Maraekakaho and Roys Hill. Roughly delineated by three roads: Ngatarawa Road, State Highway 50 and Maraekakaho Road, the Bridge Pa triangle is recognised as a premium wine growing area in Hawke’s Bay. The river deposited vast amounts of greywacke resulting in soil ideal for vineyards. With high Growing Degree Days the area excels at full flavoured Syrah, Merlot, Red Blends, Chardonnay and Viognier. The Bridge Pa Triangle has long been a producer of award-winning wines and is home to Sileni Estates, voted Cellar Door of the year 2010 and 2012, Ash Ridge voted Winery of the Year at the Hawkes Bay A & P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards and Salvare Estate winner of the 2009 Cellar Door of the Year. A great way to enjoy the area and taste the wines is to hop on a bike and explore using the recently completed cycle trail. For the full cycle trail map scan here. The terrain is flat and mostly off-road ride and as well as the rural section it also goes through the historic tree-lined Oak Avenue in Hastings and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River. The Bunkers Cafe at the Bridge Pa Golf Course welcomes all visitors and is a great stop for hot or cold refreshments.

Salvare Bunkers Cafe Sileni

7 days from 10am - 5pm Come in and try the new Sileni Cider Range and our award winning wines. 2016 Maraekakaho Road, RD1, Hastings P 06 879 4830 | F 06 879 7187 | E | W

Visit Sileni Estates Open all Easter Weekend Celebrate the beauty of life in bountiful Hawkes Bay with a day out at this award winning winery, just a 10 minute drive West of Hastings. Winner of Hawkes Bay Cellar Door of the Year 2012, Sileni has special Easter treats for you. Like a marriage made in heaven wine and chocolate go together and that is how you can taste them at a super indulgent Wine and Chocolate Tasting. The Seriously Good Chocolate Company has created unique chocolates for this event using Sileni’s Merlot, Chardonnay and Late Harvest wines. Over the weekend you can try them along with their parent wines at the Cellar Door. Delicious cheese platters available every day open from 10 am to 5 pm. On Sunday another special event adds its colour to the stunning landscape of the winery. An Autumn Artists Extravaganza shows off the talents of some of the amazing people who live in Hawkes Bay. You can see the works of artists, both traditional and digital, photographers, potters, ceramicists and jewellers. The admission is FREE, the fine wines and chocolates are there to be tasted - And the Autumn Artists Extravaganza is open from 11am – 3pm on Easter Sunday.

Easter at Ash Ridge Ash Ridge is the 2012 Hawkes Bay A&P Mercedes Benz Winery of the Year. A great place to try wines that are distinctly “Hawkes Bay”, or try some delicious food or coffee from their cellar door cafe, set in stunning surroundings in the heart of Hawkes Bay wine country. The more adventurous can also try a bike ride from On Yer Bike Winery Tours, visit upto 9 wineries in the area all on the new wineries cycle trail, a great fun day out!


Come visit us at Hawke’s Bay’s Cellar Door of the Year 2012

A Great Place to unwind at Easter.

Cellar Door open Saturday – Sunday- Monday Closed Good Friday

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WHANGANUI - Wanganui State Highway 3


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Whanganui The Whanganui district is known for its maori culture and heritage, the Whanganui National Park and the Whanganui River. The city has been revitalised by the restoration of its heritage streets and buildings, with gas lights, wrought iron street furniture, palm and plane trees and paved footpaths combining with hundreds of flowering baskets to create the beauty of ‘Whanganui in Bloom’. Cafes, the Art Deco cinema and an English pub all add to the attraction of Whanganui’s main street. Participate in Whanganui’s Brass Rubbings Heritage Trail, a great way to discover the city’s heritage and architectural history. Set off for a fascinating day exploring the many galleries and museums and stop along the way at one of the many cafes or restaurants all within walking distance of the downtown area. Heritage walks and trails, short scenic or bush walks and the stunning parks, gardens and reserves of the Whanganui District provide adventure and scenery for guests to the district. The Whanganui River Road follows the majestic Whanganui River for 75km from just north of the city to Pipiriki. A journey along the river road is a step back in time, revealing the heritage of the local iwi, the remnants of early European settlement as well as many historic landmarks and features. From Pipiriki take the jet boat and discover the Bridge To Nowhere and stay deep in the wilderness at Bridge To Nowhere Lodge.

Whanganui River

Paddle Steamer WA I M A R I E New Zealand’s last paddle steamer Contact the Whanganui Riverboat Centre on 0800 STEAMER (0800 7832637) for our sailing schedule Book on-line, at any i-site or at the Whanganui Riverboat Centre, 1a Taupo Quay, Wanganui Dinner cruises, special event cruises, Sunday lunchtime picnic cruises – all on the website.

Charters for Summer Social Events, Weddings and special occasions. All enquiries to The Whanganui Riverboat Centre Riverboat Museum Open Daily at 9am.

4 star plus air-conditioned luxury accommodation, apartments and conference/function centre. 50+ Sky Channels for guest enjoyment. 151 London Street, Wanganui, New Zealand Phone 64 6 345 8668 • Email: 151 On London, Wanganui’s Qualmark 4 plus star motel accommodation and conference centre offers studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom accommodation suites for the leisure, holiday or business traveller. 151 on London also has a 1 bedroom honeymooners suite for that special occasion or if you just want to spoil yourself. Located 500 metres from Wanganui Collegiate School, Springvale Stadium Park, Victoria Park, Splash Centre indoor pool and Jubilee Park, this makes 151 on London the perfect place to relax and enjoy luxurious rooms while having all the facilities and venues on your doorstep.


2009 Leisure & Tourism Award Winner

Looking for that special place? Then Look No Further! The Anndion Lodge at 143 Anzac Parade, Wanganui, is that special place, with stunning river views and a warm welcome. You will feel right at home in the licensed 12 room lodge, ideally located on the banks of the Whanganui River, just a short drive from the city centre.  The lodge also offers a salt-water swimming pool and large outdoor steaming hot spa, an infrared sauna, free 24hr high speed internet, 3 lounge areas, slate pool table, a DVD/video library, cosy gas log fire, fully equipped self catering kitchen,  guest laundry facilities and  secure motorcycle garaging. Scooter hire is available for you to explore the sights of scenic Wanganui City. Available for exclusive lodge bookings, Anndion Lodge is an ideal group accommodation venue. Inspection invited - check website or personally call to view one of only seven backpackers lodges in New Zealand with a five star Qualmark rating. 'Anndion' – a fun opportunity to meet new people!



the welcome refreshments stop in Central Patea on SH3 • All Day Breakfast • Light Meals Open 7 days Mon-Fri from 8am • Laffaré Coffee Sat & Sun from 9am • Homemade Cabinet Food Friday & Saturday Dining from 5.30pm Private functions by arrangement • Lounge area • Toilets

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To Cafe 4 forty 4 at Upokongaro or BYO toorpicnic landing. To Cafe 4 forty 4 at Upokongaro BYOattothe picnic Departs 10-30 am -Returns- 2pm. at the landing. Departs 10.30am Returns 2pm at the landing. Departs 10.30am - Returns 2pm Feburary 1,6,7,8,13,14,15,16,20,21,22,23,27,28. Jan: 25, 30, Jan: 19, 19, 23, 23, 24, 24, March 25, 26, 26,1,2. 30, 31. 31. Feb: Feb: 1, 1, 2. 2. Bookings atati-site, i-site, andatat atthe thevessel. vessel. Bookingsat I-site,and Bookings and the vessel. Pleasenote: note: No No eftpos *Please eftpos vessel. *Please note: No eftposatat atvessel. vessel. All sailings depart Hatricks Wharf opposite Moutoa Gardens Gardens. All sailings sailings depart depart Hatrick Hatrick Wharf, Wharf, opposite opposite Moutua Moutua All Gardens.. Other sailings for social events available by arrangement. Other events available Other sailings sailings for for social social events available by by arrangement arrangement Groups a speciality. Ph: 0800 0800 924 924 782 782 email: email: Ph:

“Mr Hatrick’s Motor Vessel Wairua”

The Historic Whanganui Riverboat WAIRUA is currently sailing scheduled lunch cruises to Upokongaro some 13k upriver from Wanganui. Wairua was built in Poplar London for A Hatrick and company and entered service in November 1904 to service the upper reaches of the Whanganui River. In 1955 the vessel sank at its moorings and was recovered for restoration in 1987. After 19 years of hard work by four local men WAIRUA was returned to service in October 2006. “This summer we have started a new scheduled river cruise to Upokongaro with a stop over for lunch” advises M.V.WAIRUA owner Dave McDermid. “We had taken a number of private charter groups up to the new Cafe’ 4 forty 4 at Upokongaro and the feed back we received was most positive. We then decided to introduce this trip as a scheduled cruise for the summer months.” “Visitors can now have a leisurely cruise on the Whanganui River with a stop over for lunch at a nice cafe’ as an added attraction. Passengers can also bring their own food and drinks to picnic at the landing if they wish”. says Dave. Lunch cruises depart at 10-30am and return at 2pm. The cruise is available on Wednesdays,Thursdays,Fridays and Saturdays. It pays to book as schedules are subject to change due to operational requirements and river conditions. Group booking discounts are also available if booked directly. Ph 0800 924 782.

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15 minutes north of Wellington

Tokomaru Steam ✪ Engine Museum Water Wheel Fun at Owlcatraz

Celtic Winery

Nature Coast At the end of the northbound motorway from Wellington, is the start of the Nature Coast. This area includes Mana, Kapiti and Horowhenua and is bordered on one side by the Tararua ranges and on the other by long, white sandy beaches. The icon is of the region is Kapiti Island, a nature reserve located 5 kilometres offshore and which is home to much New Zealand endangered birdlife.

The Kapiti Island Kapiti Tours ferry “Te Aihe” picks up visitors at the island.

Must visit: Kapiti Island

  Kapiti Island sits proudly off the coast from Paraparaumu and is one of those places both locals and visitors alike will often sit and admire but don’t actually visit. Well Kapiti Tours and DOC have made it easy with daily trips leaving from Paraparaumu Beach (weather permitting). As one of a few accessible island nature reserves in NZ a visit to Kapiti provides an opportunity for people to observe birds that are either very rare or absent from the mainland altogether and to see the recovery of vegetation after intensive modification during last century. Following an intensive pest eradication program Kapiti is free of all pests that prey on our birdlife and forests and now hosts significant populations of the Little Spotted Kiwi, kakariki (redcrowned parakeet), robin, bellbird and saddleback and the prehistoric looking Takahe to name but a few. So whether you want to just sit and listen to the birdsong or explore further afield Kapiti is a place you won’t forget. So call 0800 Kapiti (0800 527 484) to book your visit or book all activities at the Paraparaumu i-site.

Main Road South SH57 Shannon Opuke Lagoon.

Owlcatraz   Owlcatraz Native Bird and Wildlife Park is located on at the southern end of Shannon, on Highway 57. This wildlife haven is a unique experience. Walking through the peaceful native bush you’ll come across wooden bridges and an old waterwheel and, of course, the owls. Some you may meet are Owlcapone and Owle MacPherson. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Owlcatraz farm with ostriches, deer, pigs and other animals.   Take a walk round Lake Owlsmere, which has been planted with hundreds of trees and native shrubs. At the amazing Wairuru Caves, the guides will quietly lead you through a mystical wonderland – the caves take around half an hour to go through, and are restricted to ages 8 and over. However, the miniature train ride is available to children of all ages!   Owlcatraz is open every day for guided tours, and is well worth the visit.

Te Ahie visits both ends of the island so whether you want to just sit and listen to the birdsong or explore further afield Kapiti is a place you won’t forget. Daily guided walks are available.

  Murrayfields is such a safe place to let the children run free! Not only is it well back from the road, there is so much at Murrayfields to keep them amused.   You can watch the younger ones in the playground while you have a coffee and a meal on the balcony. Come feed the animals and let the children play and pet them. Inside they’ll be spellbound with the exhibits in the impressive pioneer museum, and adults will almost certainly use this as an opportunity to reminisce!   Everyone will marvel at the detail in the magnificent Helenstown, a scale model town based on colonial buildings that actually exist – some you will recognise! Murrayfields is on Highway 57 between Levin and Shannon.

Unique local gifts & free travel advice all summer long.

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RANGITIKEI Mangaweka to Waiouru 50km   Mangaweka to Bulls 62km



Come and discover the hidden world of wild trout

Plus the Genesis Energy Fresh Water Aquarium

Museum & Memorabilia Trout Hatchery River Walk Feed our Trout Souvenirs & Gifts

Rangitikei With State Highway One meandering from top to bottom of this beautiful paradise playground, visitors can easily access and appreciate the Majesty of rugged bush-clad ranges, the hillcountry farm land, and deep river gorges carved by the mighty Rangitikei River. Enjoy the exhilaration of white water rafting, bungy jumping and horse riding. Savor the enchantment of a virgin landscape which provides the environment for diverse outdoor activities and unpretentious personal hospitality. Artistic expression is displayed at inspiring galleries and beautiful private gardens, and throughout this remarkable region is evidence of the legacy of Maori history and colonial settlement.

  Come and visit us at the Mangaweka International Airport under the DC3. Friendly staff serving up awesome coffee, ‘World Famous Toasties’, burgers and all day breakfasts. Plus “The Hub” is your one stop shop for bookings, information and the departure point for adventure activities in the area. Internet, WiFi and postal services available. The DC3 aeroplane is an adventure in itself.   SH1 Mangaweka, phone 06 382 5747 for The Hub Cafe, information & bookings.

Adults $10 Kids FREE

SH1 Turangi Nestled in a peaceful bush setting, the Tongariro National Trout Centre provides a peek into the world of trout at Taupo. You can wander through the hatchery facility, look through an underwater trout viewing chamber or take a stroll along the Tongariro River. You will be amazed that such a tranquil spot exists so close to SH 1. Wander along the mighty Tongariro River and enjoy the native bush, tui, kereru and wild trout swimming in the Waihukahuka stream. The River Walk Visitor Centre is open to the public and is full of interesting displays about the Taupo trout fishery.

Escape to Tarata Come and stay in a retreat with million dollar views of the Rangitikei River and the Ruahines towering above. Stephen Trudi Matlock would love to share their truly magic place with you. Join Stephen on a guided fishing or rafting trip, suitable for all ages. Raft through the gentle crystal clear waters of the magnificent Rangitikei River with vertical papa gorges and stunning scenery you will never forget. Enjoy the walks, meeting the friendly farm animals, scenic rafting or trout fishing right at our doorstep.   We have self contained accommodation with your own private spa pool. Our beautiful River Retreat with 2 bedrooms has its own spa bath too, perfect for a honeymoon or a special occasion. The Tree House has 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms, perfect for a larger group. Both have large deckings to enjoy the million dollar views of the Rangitikei River. Peace and privacy and we will even deliver a candle light dinner to your door.


Mangaweka International Airport   Conveniently located on SH 1 between Taupo & Wellington travellers have been fascinated by the DC 3 that sits proudly at Mangaweka International Airport. Recently refurbished to recreate the style of its NAC commercial years, the plane is now a museum and offers a fascinating insight into the life of this historic aircraft.

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TARANAKI - Stratford

State Highway 3 - State Highway 43

The best way to explore the Forgotten World

For personal service call at

Mt Taranaki Egmont National Park

Egmont National Park covers 33,534 hectares. Here the volcano Taranaki (or Mt Egmont) stands tall above the surrounding landscape. Beside it are two volcanoes of an earlier era: Kaitake and Pouakai. There are some 300 kms of walking tracks in the Park from short walks up to the five day ‘Round the Mountain’ walk. Short walks can take you to some of the most scenic waterfalls and areas of the Park. Twenty eight native bird species and 15 introduced bird species occur regularly in the park. Threatened species include North Island brown kiwi, fernbird and blue duck.

‘SCARPAS’ DAVID (ARCH) DEACON specialising in

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Percy Thomson Gallery Prospero Place • Stratford EXHIBITION • Tentative Connections 8 -28 March 2013

Stratford District

Stratford - the Shakespearean town encompasses entrances to Mt Egmont National Park as well as New Zealand’s only Glockenspiel. Between Stratford and Taumarunui and enveloped in breathtaking countryside that’s hard to match elsewhere, the Forgotten World Highway takes intrepid travelers on an intriguing and historic trip through New Zealand’s Maori and colonial heritage. The 155km highway threads through time-frozen landscapes untamed by man’s repeated efforts to break it, sub-tropical rainforests and more than 20 sites of significant interest including Whangamomona Village and The Bridge to Nowhere.


7 Individual Taranaki artists all on their respective pathways. Mon-Fri 10.30am-4pm, Weekends 10.30am-3pm



Self-drive rail carts Four tour options 24 tunnels 140kms of railway line • Group bookings welcome

Telephone 06 765 0917

Stratford’s best Bed & Breakfast Bookings and enquiries: 0800 RAILCART (0800 72452278)

Stratford Lodge (Stallards) 3514 SH3, Stratford Phone (06) 765 8324 Email: Four journeys to chose from: The Rail and

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River Run From Okahukura, travel the first ten tunnels of the line before departing your cart at Tokirima for lunch. Choose from two return options. The Republic Rail Picnic Departing from just east of Stratford at the Toko station, enjoy the ride as you wind into the hills towards Whangamomona. The Twenty Tunnel Tour Departing from our depot in Taumarunui you will board our shuttle for a 10 minute drive to the site of the old Okahukura station. Once aboard your rail cart enjoy the ever changing landscape, with a different vista unfolding every time you emerge from a tunnel! The Ultimate Travel the entire 140 kilometres of the line from Okahukura to Stratford or from Stratford to Okahukura over the course of two days, with an overnight stay in Whangamomona. All 24 tunnels. All of the bridges, historical viaducts now difficult to find, farmland, native bush, wildlife – the ultimate experience!

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Stunning life size and scale model displays of Taranaki history - a massive art project from a man with a passion for display - winner of seven separate tourism awards. TRADERS & WHALERS: Voyage back in time with a trader of the 1830s. Experience the sights and sounds of a dark ride into another age, another time. A New Zealand first in creative museum display — three years in the planning and building — OPEN NOW.

THE POSSUM FACTORY. Envirofur is proud to provide you with some of the best in environmentally friendly Possum Fur and Leather Clothing. Our award winning products include Hats, Scarves, Jackets, Vests, Blankets, Footwear, Bags and Knitwear. All the products are made at the factory outside Stratford in Taranaki, using a unique process that is a truly natural tanning process. Get the best product while making a great environmental difference. The Possum Factory is owned & operated by Laurie & Pennie Sands who have been in business for the past 8 years. Having formerly been farmers, they know what pests possums are. The possum pelt is naturally tanned and manufactured into environmentally friendly garments, using not only the fur but also the leather.


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TARANAKI - New Plymouth District

ater Bay, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth, Taranaki

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Chaddy’s Chartersabout & kayak and bike hiregreat (bikes from $10 There’s something our coast that creates characters with per hour). great stories tell, so cometo on down to Breakwater Bay and become “We’ll do to anything make you smile” OPEN EVERY DAY at the part of our legend. Phone Chaddy at the boatshed (06) 758 9133. Lee Breakwater, Port Taranaki Breakwater Bay, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth, Taranaki

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Auckland 368km Wellington 355km

nearly two thirds of the total population of the Taranaki region. It is situated midway between the major metropolitan centres of Auckland and Wellington and only a four and a half hour drive along scenic highways from either of these - or 50 minutes by air. New Plymouth is the holiday destination with something for everyone with its spectacular cone magnificent parks, gardens and walking ©mountain, Cause &renowned Effect Ltd 2010.and galleries tracks, world museums great shopping and a vibrant nightlife. The stunning coastline offers some of the best surfing conditions in the country and over 7km of Coastal Walkways that take people through and alongside some of the most beautiful natural environments. Dominated by magnificent Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park the area’s climate is ideal for the parks, reserves and gardens which have become a highlight of the district and a draw card for visitors. A visit to the galleries and museums is a must with Puke Ariki, a world-class knowledge centre where library, museum and visitor information are combined to tell the stories of Taranaki - past, present and future. Situated in a striking two-wing complex in the heart of the city, Puke Ariki attracts people of all ages and cultures through changing exhibitions, displays, collections, an award-winning website and interactive technology. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery “New Zealand’s most courageous contemporary art museum” is home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye.

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The TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival will again host a leg of the ASP Women’s Tour as a feature event in a 10-day line up of surfing competitions commencing March 29 thanks to Surfing Taranaki and support from a host of local companies. With pivotal financial support only just secured, the festival will now be able to host surfing competitions ranging from the World Tour to Micro Groms to Masters, says Festival Director, Craig Williamson. With core funding from the TSB Bank Community Trust, the TSB Bank and Venture Taranaki, the 10-day event will start in Easter and run from March 29 to April 7. It will include the Dow AgroSciences Pro as stop number four of seven ASP international competitions scheduled for 2013 and will be held over a five-day window from April 3 to 7. Bringing 17 of the world’s best female surfers including local Paige Hareb to surf Taranaki’s legendary waves, another Kiwi will also have a chance to challenge the world’s best. By winning the ITL New Zealand Women’s Open, the winner will go into the Dow AgroSciences Pro as a wildcard entry which will be an unparalleled experience, says Williamson. “The wildcard entry is a huge opportunity to compete at an international level to which Kiwi surfers have risen to take the challenge,” says Williamson. Based at New Plymouth’s Fitzroy Beach, the TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival will also include the Powerco Micro-Groms for all surfers aged under 11, a New Zealand Grom Series Competition for boys and girls under 16, as well as the Carona Easter Masters which is celebrating its 21st year as an event. The Masters will run from March 29-31,the Grom Comp from March 30-31, the Micro Groms on April 1 alongside a Beach Carnival at Fitzroy, and the NZ Women’s Open Wildcard Trials will be on April 2 followed by the ASP Women’s World Tour


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Do you have a few aches and pains or are you just feeling out of sorts? Whether you are a traveller or a local do visit Rachael and her team at The Health Shop in The City Centre for professional advice to ease the mind and body. I did and feel so much better for it! With one of the widest range of Naturopathic and Homeopathic remedies in Taranaki and fully trained staff to assist The Health Shop is a great place to start for either a health boost or to find a special gift.


THE GABLES GALLERY is open 1-4pm at weekends, and public holidays, Entry Free - BROOKLANDS PARK ROAD, NEW PLYMOUTH.

event April 3-7. “Outside of the competitions there will be a range of community events including a Beach Carnival, a Disabled Surfer’s session, a Surf Photo exhibition, Surf Movies and Surfer’s Ball featuring one of NZ’s top reggae bands,” says Williamson.

55 High Street, Hawera Ph: 06 278 8599 Fax: 06 278 6599 E: southtaranaki


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MOKAU State Highway 3

New Plymouth 83.5km

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Where State Highway 3 meets the Tasman Sea hour from New Plymouth, Waitomo or Otorohanga



A short tunnel heralds the approach to the scenic Awakino Gorge not too distant from coastal Awakino with hotel, tearooms and restaurant. Between Awakino and Mokau, views of the Tasman Sea in the North Taranaki Bight include Mount Egmont/ Taranaki on the horizon, often spectacular at sunset. Excellent fishing and beaches in the Mokau and Awakino area. Mokau township visitor attractions include the Tainui Museum, and dining where whitebait fritters are a speciality. The River Run offers cafe food and coffee with cool refreshements. Mokau River Cruises share their hospitality with you on a wonderful scenic cruise aboard the fully restored vintage 1913 cream boat. Entrancing in its loveliness, alluring in its charm, we invite you to journey with us, up the magnificient Mokau River of New Zealand, on our fully restored, vintage vessel, MV Cygnet. After crossing the Mokau River the Taranaki region soon commences with coastal views until Tongaporutu is reached. Mount Messenger, with parking area at the top is 45 minutes from New Plymouth. Many side roads to beaches include Wai-iti for fishing and coastal walks. Whitecliffs Brewery, producing the only organic ale in the North Island, is located only minutes before Urenui. Urenui is 30 minutes from New Plymouth. This view across the North Taranaki bight from White cliffs to Mt Egmont/ Taranaki is especially dazzling at sundown.

Explore the natural coastal caves and islands, kayak or cruise the Mokau River, swim, surf, collect shells, catch fish, gather mussels, and feel the sea breeze, while enjoying secluded miles of black sand beaches. In whitebaiting season, Mokau River is a favourite spot amongst locals. MORE THINGS TO DO IN MOKAU. Visit the Dolly garden, Tainui Museum, Mokau Village, the historic Cream Boat, or Bexley Historic Homestead, and the golf club.

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1913 to March 2013 Great summer getaways March 100 Years for the MV Cygnet to be had north of New The 22-seater Cygnet was built in Auckland for Victor to take supplies to the miners, millers and Plymouth - visit Mokau Sjolund people living along the river. Six years later he sold the

Take a drive along the coast and take a break at Mokau. Mokau Motel is the perfect place for a spring get away. Stay in one of the new luxury apartments, tastefully decorated in black and white with kingsize beds, plasma tv’s and fabulous views. Walk the beach, explore the river mouth and discover the Tainui District Museum for a fascinating insight into the areas history.

Mokau Motel Luxury Apartments

Reservations: 06 752 9725

Laurel & Murray Reed 53 Main North Rd, Mokau email:

boat to Eric Lewes who collected cream from the host of dairy farms appearing along the river. The boat was the life line for all the families trying to make a living in this remote area. The Cygnet was sold in 1919 to Eric Lewis who never missed a day on the river. When the dairy factory closed down the boat was sold and moved to Kawhia where she ended up in a paddock for over 15 years. Rex Mather bought the Cygnet in 1993 and spent over a year restoring her to her full glory. In 1994 she was back on the Mokau River and is still going strong to this very day. The Cygnet is still known as the cream boat even though it hasn’t carried cans of cream for more than 50 years. Neil and Dawn Colman now operate the vessel and these days it takes visitors 14 kilometres up the river to a secluded spot for a picnic lunch.

Mokau River Cruises

The Mokau River

The Mokau River was once one of the busiest rivers in the country. Its waters were plied by hundreds of vessels carrying timber, and coal, and of course cream from the dairy farms. It was the only river in the North Island to be gazetted a highway. Large ships used to go up the river to take coal from the mines and the old bridge used to be raised so the ships could get through. Whitebait abounded with more than 300 whitebait stands and there was so much whitebait up the Mokau river, so the story goes, farmers used to feed it to their stock or put it on their garden as fertiliser. The middle reaches of Mokau River flow through original and regenerating native forest. Over the years much of the lower reaches of both the Mokau and Awakino rivers have been cleared of the dense native rainforest that occupied the catchments. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s, logs and coal were transported down the Mokau River to the small port settlement of Mokau on the northern bank of the river’s mouth. From its mouth, Mokau River is navigable for small vessels for 37 km. A ferry service transported travellers across the Mokau from 1889 to 1927 when it was replaced by a road bridge. The port is now largely obsolete. The middle to upper reaches of Mokau River have a series of rapids that attract kayakers and both the Mokau and Awakino Rivers attract trout fishers along their length and the lower reaches of both rivers are still significant recreational whitebait fisheries. The Mokau Roiver mouth - fly fishing, whitebaitng, swimming

Join us on the original 1913 Cream Boat as we celebrate her centennial year. Daily cruises — a 3 hour round trip including a stop at our native bush picnic site. Just a one hour north of New Plymouth on SH3. 0800 665 2874 Neil and Dawn Colman are the owners of this wonderful scenic cruise and look forward to sharing their hospitality with you. Entrancing in its loveliness, alluring in its charm, they invite you to journey with them, up the magnificent Mokau River on the MV Cygnet. Passengers can now spend a night 12km up the River in Braids Hut for an even more memorable unique experience. Braids Hut was converted from an original historic cow shed and with hot showers, flushing toilet, gas cooking and bunk beds it’s an ideal way to spend the night by the river. Enjoy the cruise to the picnic site for lunch and get dropped off at Braids hut on the return trip. see or ph 0800 665 2874 for booking and information

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Welcome to Kapiti Heliworx. be sure to check out our exciting options

“if its helicopters we can do it!” · Scenic Flights-ask about our options · Kapiti Island · Picnics for Two · Weddings · Lodge Transfers · Guided trekking/Tararuas · Photography/Filming · Hunting trips in the Tararuas · Mountain biking · Snow flights · Commercial Aerial work · Tailor made packages

Professional friendly service 91 Main North Rd, Lindale Tourist Complex, Paraparaumu Freephone: 0508 Heliworx (0508 435 496) Family-owned Heliview Ohakune is one of the few helicopter operators who specialise in passenger flights only, meaning they’re able to create a unique package to show customers a spectacular slice of the unique Central Plateau landscape. One such flight is their 3 Peaks flight: Experience the breathtaking views of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage Site with a scenic helicopter flight over the dramatic landscape of this area. This incredible helicopter flight will take you over the 3 central Plateau Mountains of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, which are all active volcanoes with Mt Ruapehu being one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the largest volcano in New Zealand. Once we have approached the mountains we will then climb up to 10,000 feet over all three active volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. You will see into the live craters of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu, as well as experiencing incredible views of the spectacular lakes on the mountains, including the Emerald Lakes, Blue Lake and the Tama Lakes. You will also have a bird’s eye view of the Tongariro Crossing and the Lord of the Rings sites. Don’t forget your camera as there are loads of fantastic photo opportunities! For more information and contact details, visit

Mt Hector A helicopter flight is the best way to view the local scenery! Dennis Young and his team at Kapiti Heliworx offer a range of services including scenic flights, charter flights, airport transfers, commercial work and more. Based in the central location of Kapiti (just North of Wellington) Heliworx will fly anywhere in New Zealand. Local packages range from a quick flight over the Kapiti Coast to a flight covering Kapiti Island and the Tararuas. The Paintball / Flight / 4 x 4 quad ride option lets you combine fun and a view of the local area. Limited only by your imagination and budget, Kapiti Heliworx’s special interest flights include hunting trip drop off and pick up service, picnics for two in an isolated location, wedding arrivals or the bride and groom being whisked away to a romantic destination after the reception, scenic flights or transfers for corporate events, birthdays, special occasions and more! Need a Wellington airport transfer or a Paraparaumu airport transfer to your destination or a return trip to the airport? Kapiti Heliworx provides a reliable and experienced airport transfer service - just let them know what time you need them and they will be there! Call 0508 Heliworx or go to for more information.

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