Havelock North is a five minute drive east from Hastings City, and approx 20 minutes from Napier. It offers boutique shopping, a thriving café culture, and accommodation options ranging from cottages, B&B’s and motels, to secluded luxury lodges.
Havelock North has grown in recent years, but has cleverly managed to retain its intimate village feel.
Havelock North is the perfect base for exploring the Tuki Tuki River Valley and beyond to the coastal settlements of Ocean Beach and Waimarama. It’s also just minutes away from some of the region’s best known wineries and restaurants - Black Barn, Te Mata Estate, and Craggy Range, as well as the Black Barn Growers Market held on sunny summer Saturday mornings. The new generation of hipsters are doing their best to put a fresh spin on the village vibe with a great selection of cafes, restaurants and speak easies including Adam & Eva's, Pipi Cafe, St Georges, Deliciosa, Mamacita, Hugo Chang, Maina and Wright & Co.
Known as the village, Havelock North is named after Sir Hendry Havelock, a British Major-General who was a hero of the Indian Mutiny in 1857. Other names associated with Imperial India are used throughout Havelock North. Today, Havelock North is a blend of old England, rural New Zealand and 21st Century cosmopolitan flair and colour.
There are plenty of reminders of the original settler families. This includes grand homesteads, Te Mata Park which was gifted to the community by the Chambers family in 1927 and Keirunga Homestead, built in 1906 and gifted to the people by the Nelson family. Keirunga Gardens were inspired by London’s Kew Gardens
Sir James Wattie, industrialist and founder, in 1934, of the famous Watties canning business, lived near Havelock North, in what is now the Mangapapa Petit Hotel (www.mangapapa.co.nz) where he grew fruit and vegetables for his canning plant.
Many of New Zealand’s oldest and highly regarded schools are also located in Havelock North. These include girls’ schools Woodford House and Iona College and Hereworth, established in 1913 which caters for primary and intermediate-aged boys.
Havelock North has an excellent reputation for shopping. Hours are 9am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4pm Saturday and some stores open on Sunday 10am – 3pm For more information on Havelock North businesses see the Havelock North Business Association and for visitor information get along to the Havelock North i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, the Roundabout, Cnr Te Aute & Middle Road, Havelock North.
BUCKET LIST: Havelock North
• Walk the tree-lined tracks to the summit of Te Mata Peak - or take the car – it’s quicker
• Meander through the Village for seriously good shopping and eating
• Head to Birdwoods Gallery, Sculpture Garden and Sweet Shop on Middle Road
• Take the kids to the Keirunga Railway in Keirunga Gardens
• Make a beeline for Arataki Honey Visitor Centre