central hawke's bay activities and events

Attractions, Activities and Things To Do in Waipukurau

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.

Concerts are the in thing with both River Park Events Centre and the Back Paddock Lakes holding functions between November and March 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.


Fergussons is within easy reach of some fantastic beaches unpolluted and unbelievable either for a family day out or just a pleasant walk amongst the waves. Beach casting is a popular pastime with the locals.


With over 6 golf courses within easy distance of the Fergussons all with easy contoured fairways and lush greens, it would be a sin not to put the clubs in the car when visiting the Fergussons. Please ring reception for details.

River Park Events Centre

Located 10km from Waipawa, Central Hawke's Bay and easy 1-hour drive from Napier airport you will find a purpose-built venue for all occasions.

River Park Event Centre caters for all private events including weddings, birthdays, family reunions, Christmas (end-of-year functions), music festivals, corporate events and conferences.


Back Paddock Lakes

10 mins south of Waipukurau you can find the Hawkes bay exclusive water-sports park, with three lakes dedicated to water sports – for the active family, team building days or just a function the Back Paddock Lakes are worth a visit.



Visit our rivers and experience some of the best fly fishing the North Island has to offer. The CHB Rivers are a bit of a secret but do not be surprised to rub shoulders with a number of international anglers who have known about the secret for a number of years. Make contact with our local guide Dave Hern who can arrange days for you and can guarantee some great fishing (but not catching!).


Email: davehern@xtra.co.nz


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