The Limestone Loop - Central Hawke’s Bay

The Limestone Loop, Central Hawke’s Bay, loops around the Raukawa Range via SH2 and back via SH50 and Tikokino.

It’s a great day excursion with something to suit everyone – with variety and plenty to see and do, pick and choose a few options that will suit you, and put the others in the diary for another day. These are all must see & do’s on the Limestone Loop in the beautiful Central Hawke’s Bay. Download your copy of the guide here...


Travel times - to Waipawa from Hastings, approx. 35minutes (50 mins from Napier) plus stops at establishments listed below.

To Waipawa from Hastings, via Tikokino Road and SH50 ,takes approximately 45 minutes.


If you are coming from the south, from Danevirke to Waipawa (SH2) it’s only 45 minutes.


Paper Mulberry Cafe
89 State Highway 2, Pukehou
06 856 8688
Open Daily 7am - 4pm 

Situated on SH2 in the country surroundings of Te Aute and Pukehou in Hawke’s Bay - The Paper Mulberry Cafe promises fresh, delicious cafe food, excellent coffee (many say the best they have ever tasted) and a welcome typical of the are. The Paper Mulberry cafe was recently purchased by Anna who has long been a Hawke’s Bay Lass.

Otane Sunday Market
Otane Town Hall
Higginson St, Otane
Open 9am – 1pm Sunday

A great variety of produce and crafts. Browse and buy fresh vegetables, specialist breads, organic meat, extra virgin olive oil and products from Ellsgrove’s small orchard, specialist soaps and cremes, alpaca craftwork, jewellery, wooden toys and old china.

Otane Historical Walk
Higginson Street, Otane
Walk anytime at your leisure.

Otane has a rich interesting history and is well worth a look. This easy 2.6km walk begins at the old library building and follows a map with 23 signs depicting places of significances around the village. Brochures with a brief history and the sign map are available from the General store, hotel or cafe for a gold coin donation. For further information phone Vera Smith (06) 8568159 - a guide for groups can be arranged.

McCauley’s Cafe
32 Higginson Street, Otane
06 856 8358
Open 9am – 4pm Monday – Saturday

At McCauleys Café in the centre of Otane we pride ourselves on our friendly service, great coffee and food. This beautiful old building was formerly the Public Otane Library which was opened in 1929. Besides food we have a wonderful choice of jams and preserves. There is an array of gifts for special occasions. Do come and enjoy our hospitality.

Pleroma Christian Supplies
38 Higginson St, Otane
Open 8.30am - 5pm Monday - Friday 

You'll find NZ's most extensive range of inspirational and christian gifts under one roof. With 200m2 of retail space, air conditioning and ample parking, you can browse in comfort. From inspirational to mindfulness to christian - we've got it covered. We stock books, candles, jewellery, crosses, wall art, music, kitchenware + loads more.  We source quality NZ & International product and also feature NZ's largest range of Nativity Sets.

Tree Guys Nursery
4 Higginson Street, Otane
06 856 8036
Open 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday - Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm Saturday & Sunday

Tree Guys Nurseries have been owned and operated by Jack and Kathy Ritchie since 1994. Tree Guys Nurseries are a wholesale/retail business currently growing a wide range of plants from native groundcovers, hedging, flaxes, mosses, shrubs, trees, and grasses to a selection of deciduous shelter trees.

Artmosphere Gallery
1307 State Highway 2, Otane - Waipawa
06 857 8272
Open 10am – 5pm everyday (Summer Hours)

Sally Maguire and Helmut Hirler’s beautiful gallery shows the work of more than 70 artists, both nationally and internationally recognized.  In 2012 they relocated the “De Stackpoole” family homestead from Takapau to North Waipawa to recreate the gallery and home on a grander scale. Bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens and art - groups are welcome. Take in our Art Gallery, sculpture garden, Fine art photography, paintings, clayworks, glass and woodworks, books and ceramics.

De La Mama
State Highway 2,  Waipawa
06 857 8088
Open 11am – 7.30pm everyday

De La Mama, open since 2013, delivers the best customer service and the best gourmet hamburgers in Central Hawkes Bay. We make all our homemade beef patties freshly every day. On the other hand we have Spanish Churros made from a traditional family recipe dating from the 1900's. Come and try these delicious Spanish doughnuts made proudly in Waipawa for the world. We invite you to try something different and exclusive with a gourmet taste from Waipawa on State Highway 2. Open 7 days per week 11am to 7.30 pm .

The Waipawa Clock Shop
85 High Street, Waipawa
06 857 8590
Open 9am – 5pm Monday -Friday, 10am – 2pm Saturday

At the The Clock Shop in Waipawa we restore any design of time piece from carriage clocks to Grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks to wall clocks, mantle & bracket clocks. We display an extensive range of clocks from cuckoo clocks imported from the Black Forest in Germany to beautifully crafted Grandfather Clocks. We also have an excellent range of mantle clocks, carriage clocks and wall clocks.

Nature's Nurture
100 High Street, Waipawa
06 650 9463

Nature's Nurture is a shop for natural foods and eco products. You will find healthy foods, local produce and artisan fare. We have bulk bins and a large range of specialty flours, as well as gluten free supplies and wholefoods suited for other special diets. We also stock items made from natural materials, eco-friendly and waste reducing products, as well as organic beauty products and body care. Drop in and find inspiration for healthier living.

Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum
23 High Street, Waipawa
06 857 7288
Open 10am – 4pm 7 days.

Revisit the era of iron and lace. Central Hawke’s Bay is rich in history, Waipawa being one of the earliest inland towns in New Zealand. Our varied and authentic displays enable visitors to take a step back into the life of the early settlers. The Museum houses an extensive collection of local and national treasures including military, Toanga Maori and technology. It also has a large photographic collection which is of much interest to the genealogist.

Jan Gosling’s Limestone Sculptures
11 Rose Street, Waipawa
06 8578300
Open 10am – 4pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday & most weekends

Jan began carving Oamaru stone in 2001, adapting basic woodcarving skills into working with stone. She loves taking an idea and developing it into something beautiful that can be incorporated into a garden, or sit on a mantelpiece. Her work ranges in size from sculpture of monolithic size, to pieces which are quite small.  Jan spends most days working on her sculpture and has many pieces of her work displayed around her garden.

Lime Rock Wines 
601 Tikokino Road, Waipawa
Vineyard 857 8247 
Open October – February, 11am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday otherwise you are welcome when the gates are open, or phone to book.

Enjoy amazing views from the limestone hilltops and try our distinctive, world class Pinot Noir, Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Our Pinot Rosé is sought after and loved for its colour and flavour. Tastings and sales of our Lime Rock wines and Ellsgrove olive products are at Cellar Door (often with homemade focaccia). Ask about vineyard tours, picnics or a walk to the top. Contact Rodger Tynan or Rosie Butler regarding tastings outside normal hours.

Pukeora Wines
208 Pukeora Scenic Road, Waipukurau
06 858 9339
Open Oct - Mar, Fri - Sun 11am - 5pm or by appointment

Pukeora Estate vineyard is planted on limestone & spills down the slopes below the historic sanatorium. Taste the hand crafted wines made in our boutique winery and enjoy the art of local artist Laura Wilson. Tasting room and gallery have stunning views across the vineyard to rivers, plains and mountains. Group accommodation (100+) makes the ideal venue for car/bike rallies, workshops, music gatherings, team building and more. Meals and bar service available for groups.

Sawyers Arms Hotel
State Highway 50, Tikokino
06 856 5446
Open from 10.30am Wednesday – Sunday

Sawyers Arms Country Hotel is the gateway to the Ruahine Ranges Forest Park. Hospitality NZ Finalist for Best Country Hotel 2014 and 2015. We have a Cafe and Bar, Dining Room and Garden Bar with secure children’s playground. There is an extensive menu catering for all tastes. We are able to cater for functions, meetings, birthdays or any celebrations. The Hotel has been refurbished and offers a clean, light and inviting environment for you and your friends and family to relax and enjoy yourselves in. Accommodation is available with refurbished bedrooms and bathrooms. Open through to dinnertime, closing depends on demand.

Gwavas Garden and Homestead
5740 State Highway 50
Phone: (06) 856 5810
Opening hours by appointment

The 9 hectare mature woodland garden (1860) is listed with the New Zealand Garden Trust as a “Garden of National Significance.”  The Gwavas Garden Homestead was built in 1890 and is category 1 listed with Heritage New Zealand. Garden entry is $8.00/adult and is by arrangement only. For garden entry or Bed & Breakfast contact:  Stuart & Phyllida Gibson.  Email: info@gwavasgarden.co.nz