Hells Hole swimming spot

Mangapoike Road, Wairoa District, Hawkes Bay

A great spot to cool down on a hot day. Jump into the deep water (Hells Hole), swim in the pool where water collects or go exploring along the stream and find swimming holes and fossils in the rock formations.


From Wairoa, head towards Lake Waikaremoana on SH38. Just before Frasertown, turn right onto Mangapoike Road and follow it for about 17km.

When you get to the turn-off to Hereheretau Road, continue straight on Mangapoike Road, cross the cattle stop and bridge. After 300m, park your car on the left-hand side, across from the driveway leading to the house on the hill. Walk through the gate on the left-hand side of the road, where a sign indicates ‘angler’s access’. Follow the little path down to the river.