Porangahau

Found in Central Hawke's Bay, Porangahau is home to one of the world’s longest place names!

Porangahau is 55km southeast of Waipukurau and easily accessible via a fully sealed & picturesque road, Route 52. 

The Porangahau area is home to Porangahau Station established in 1854 when the first colonial ships arrived in New Zealand. Porangahau Station's fine stately homestead and private chapel is tucked away in the Central Hawke’s Bay countryside, surrounded by coastal farmland with expansive views of beautiful Porangahau beach.  The 1854 home was rebuilt in the early 1920's and today it is known as Chapelwick Estate, a beautiful retreat providing fine bed & breakfast accommodation. The historic chapel is open to visitors and many Porangahau events are held at the estate.

There are two main settlements - one being the village, which is home to Rongomaraeroa Marae and the centre for the school, dairy, fire brigade and ambulance services. Te Paerahi Beach, about five kilometres from Porangahau village, is the second settlement. Its expanse of golden sands, stretching eight kilometres to the north to the mouth of the Porangahau River, is unequalled along the Central Hawke's Bay coastline, making it a popular locality for a variety of family activities. Te Paerahi is also the home of the annual Porangahau Beach Polo Event and to the Opiango Farm polo facility.

Here’s what you can do:

Chapelwick Coastal Estate
Porangahau Golf Course
Opiango Hills Polo Farm
The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel
Wallingford Homestead

Porangahau's famous hill – one of the world’s longest place names

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is drawing increasing numbers of visitors to the area. The name means ‘The hilltop where Tamatea, with big knees, conqueror of mountains, eater of land, traveller over land and sea, played his koauau (flute) to his beloved’. Tamatea's beloved was in fact his brother who was killed during a battle in the area.  The hilltop can be reached on a walking route over private land, of approximately three hours or 4WD, of approximately 1-2 hours.

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