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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Hawkes Bay > Havelock North

Havelock North

Havelock North is a small, prosperous village just five minutes southeast of Hastings. It has a decidedly more upscale feel than Hastings and is not a magnet for backpackers so much as for older visitors doing the wine and food trail in the region. The town centre features gourmet olive and cheese shops, boutiques, local art galleries, and see-and-be-seen cafés and restaurants.

Havelock North is situated at the base of impressive Te Mata Peak, said in Māori legend to be the body of a giant chief. The village is also the closest settlement to Cape Kidnappers, home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.

Coming & going & local transport

The Hawkes Bay area has a good local bus service with most bus routes running every half hour. Route 21 runs between Hastings and Havelock North. Local travel in Havelock North costs $2.40 and it costs $2.90 to go to Hastings.

Hostel accommodation

Peak Backpackers

33 Havelock Road, Havelock North
Tel (06) 877 1170

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