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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Hawkes Bay > Wairoa


This small town in northern Hawkes Bay is the midway point on the drive between Napier and Gisborne. It’s set on the banks of the Wairoa River, but there’s not much in the way of ambience here, nor much to hold a backpacker’s attention. Wairoa is the closest town to Te Urewera National Park and travellers use it as a gateway. Supplies, food and guides for the park are all available here.

Practical information

Wairoa i-SITE Visitor Centre

Corner State Highway 2 & Queen Street, Wairoa
Tel (06) 838 7440
Website www.hawkesbaynz.com

Coming & going

InterCity Coachlines (tel (09) 623 1503) stop in Wairoa en route between Napier and Gisborne. Coaches stop at i-SITE Visitor Centre at the corner State Highway 2 and Queen Street.

Hostel accommodation

Bushdale Farm Backpackers

438 Cricklewood Road, Wairoa
Tel (06) 838 6453

Haere Mai Cottage

49 Mitchell Road, Wairoa
Tel (06) 838 6817

Riverside Motor Camp

19 Marine Parade, Wairoa
Tel (06) 838 6301

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