Welcome to Central Hawke’s Bay
Grassy farmland stretches south from Hastings, dotted with the grand homesteads of Victorian pastoralists. It’s a untouristy area (aka 'Lamb Country'), rich in history and deserted beaches. The main regional town is Waipukurau (aka ‘Wai-puk’; population 3750) – not exactly thrilling but a functional hub for petrol, motels, a supermarket and the Central Hawke’s Bay Information Centre with adjunct coffee booth.
Look for the handy Limestone Route driving map at the Napier and Hastings i-SITEs before you set off.