Havelock North Architectural Drive

The village of Havelock North sits on the southeastern edge of the Heretaunga Plain at the foot of the Havelock North hills, above what was the swamp and lagoons that once made the plain almost uninhabitable until drained.

The Provincial Government opened the village for settlement on 17th January 1860 and by the early 1900s a number of architects had left their mark with unique buildings that can be seen from this trail. There is time to enjoy extensive views and interesting gardens in a village noted for its trees. Hawke’s Bay, in the rain shadow of the dividing range, is noted for long hot summers when the grass browns and the village appears like a fertile oasis.

Significant Points

  • Endsleigh
  • Iona College
  • Woodford House
  • Arden Lodge
  • Keirunga Gardens
  • Tauroa House
  • Duart House and Gardens
  • Sunbourne
  • Our Lady of Hourdes
  • Hereworth School
  • Woodcroft
  • Falcon Ridge
  • Te Mata House - the original Te Mata Homestead and historic woolshed
  • Rush Cottage
  • Peloha
  • Arataki Honey Visitor Centre

Trail Details

This trail traverses 25.4km and can be driven or cycled.

The trail begins at Havelock North Village Information Centre, commencing on Te Aute Road, turning left into Porter Drive.


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