central hawke's bay activities and events

Attractions, Activities and Things To Do in Waipukurau

Experience our rivers and beaches... "unpopulated, unpolluted, unbelievable". Central Hawke's Bay's fishing is legendary. While visiting you may choose to wade through our many rivers in search of the wily rainbow or brown trout or join a deep-sea fishing charter from one of the easily accessed beaches. Children will love paddling in the surf, building sandcastles and exploring the tidal rock pools. Te Angiangi Marine Reserve is also well worth a visit.

Central Hawke's Bay is renowned for its scenic walks, from the coastline to the gentle foothills of the Ruahine Range. Enjoy a few holes on any of the 6 golf courses and relax in the rural atmosphere. The arts are well represented with studios and galleries dotted throughout the region as well as stately gardens and colonial architecture.

Fancy wine tasting? Visit one of the 4 vineyards in Central Hawke's Bay, Lime Rock, Pukeora Estate, Junction or the Tukipo Terraces. Cellar door times vary from vineyard to vineyard.


January - Tour de Beautiful Central Hawke's Bay (CHB): A fun cycle ride with a hill or two and plenty of flats. The tour takes you through the heart of picturesque Central Hawke's Bay. We can cater for groups of cyclists and a car shed is available to house bikes overnight.

February - Waipawa Veterans Tennis Tournament held annually. Three-day event of great tennis and team spirit! You need to book your accommodation very early for this event! Hawke's Bay Rugby Sevens Tournament held annually.

March - Sea, Sky & Bush Walk held annually. A popular 3-day guided walk across farmland, the coastline, riverlands and natural bush.

Also held in March annually is the National Aerobatics Championships where a week of competition is held to determine the winner!

June - Check out the CHB Municipal Theatre action with F.WA.R.K. at the theatre just out the back gate.

September - The festival held at Pukeora Estate annually. An arts festival (CHB The Festival) a must when visiting Central Hawke's Bay. View the many stalls, enjoy lunch and make a few purchases! New Zealand's first Lamb Festival in association with Silver Fern Farms. The streets will be teeming with activity for the Running of the Lambs and the street party on September 17. Chilli Lamb Cook Off, and a fun night out for the Mutton Dressed as Lamb Ball on September 10.

October - Check the dates for the Arran Station Horse sports.

November - Central Hawke's Bay A & P Show held annually. Agricultural and pastoral displays, horse events and a variety of stalls. A great day out!

December - Waipukurau's Christmas Jockey Club meeting held annually. Family picnics and popular business outing for Christmas functions. Or just relax and enjoy the country life! Check the dates over New Year for the beach polo at Porongahau.

These are just a few of the events that take place around Central Hawke's Bay. There a several cross stitcher exhibitions, country and music gatherings, art exhibitions, marathons and duathlons, and fairs held throughout the year. The Cold Duck Rally is held in May and bikers can enjoy live bands and on-site catering. Motorcross is also very strong in Central Hawke's Bay with meetings and competition being held regularly.

The latest regular attraction to CHB is Ranui Farm Park. If you are into mountain bikes, this is the place for you with monthly competitions and races.


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Hawke's Bay

Award-winning food and wine, outstanding architecture, and warm balmy days surrounded by magnificent landscapes waiting to be explored – Hawke's Bay is pure paradise. Explore all of this and more on the Hawke's Bay website.

Hawke's Bay

Lime Rock Wines

Lime Rock is a stunning vineyard situated on limestone hills in sunny Central Hawke's Bay specialising in Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Grüner Veltliner. Visit their website for cellar door hours.

Lime Rock Wines

Pukeora Estate

Pukeora Estate is a stunning hilltop setting for a family-run vineyard, boutique winery and function venue. The wines under the Pukeora stable of labels are available for tastings and sales at their cellar door. Visit their website for more information.

Pukeora Estate

Ranui Farm Park

Ranui Farm Park is a working sheep and beef farm located in Central Hawke's Bay and only 17km south of Waipukarau. They are a mountain bike park that offers a variety of both relaxing and exhilarating activities for visitors of all ages and abilities. Professional athletes, campers and leisure seekers visit the park to bike, run and walk the purpose-built mountain bike tracks through rolling hillsides and gentle bush tracks while taking in the country air.

Ranui Farm Park