Found in Central Hawke's Bay, Takapau, south of Waipukurau and just off SH2 has wide, tree-lined streets, many of them named after the family members of the town's early benefactor, John Johnston.

Takapau’s beautiful Oruawharo Homestead, built by John Johnston's son Sydney, was completed in 1897.

This historic homestead is in private ownership but is open to the public for high tea’s, bus tours, art exhibitions, functions and now has accommodation available. The present owners, Peter and Diane Harris, are restoring the homestead, the grounds and outbuildings, as well as cataloguing the many large exotic trees around the property.

Set against a picturesque backdrop, Backpaddock Lakes is Central Hawkes Bay’s exclusive water sports park. It is the only venue in the country to provide both boat riding and cable park riding in the same place.  There are three fantastic lakes dedicated to watersport and wildlife. The park is designed specifically for wakeboarding, water-skiing and barefooting. There is also a wetland area which is home to the local wildlife.

Here’s what you can do:

Oruawharo Homestead
Back Paddock Lakes
Junction Wines
Taniwha Daffodils – every September
Takapau golf course featuring the elusive ‘The Styx’ hole
Arran Station

Take a look at all the other great stuff you can see in Central Hawke's Bay here...