Introducing Central Hawke’s Bay
Grassy farmland stretches south from Hastings, dotted with the grand homesteads of Victorian pastoralists. It’s an untouristed area, rich in history and deserted beaches. Waipukurau (aka ‘Wai-puk’), the main town, isn’t exactly thrilling but it’s worth calling in to the extremely helpful Central Hawke’s Bay Information Centre in the old railway station. It can sort you out with the comprehensive Experience Central Hawke’s Bay brochure and pamphlets outlining heritage trails and DOC reserves and walkways.