Natural Surrounds Providing the Perfect Setting for a Range of Activities
There are a a wide range of activities that can be completed either on-site at Ariari Lodge or with one of our many quality tourism operators that we work with. Whether it is a gentle stroll through native bush, a relaxing paddle on Lake Rotorangi, a tour through the Taranaki region to take in the sights or a more adrenaline based activity to get the blood pumping, we can organise this for you. Activities which are available on-site at Ariari lodge include:
- Nature Walks
- Cultural Experience
- Boat Cruise
Local Attractions and Activities
Hawera and the wider Taranaki region is blessed with a wide range of attractions, activities and areas of scenic beauty. Egmont National Park is popular with nearly everyone who visits the region, whether looking for a climbing adventure or simply a relaxing stroll amongst native bush. The coastline is renowned for its surf and fishing, with many sandy beaches dotting the entire coastline. Whether you are after a relaxing holiday, a quick weekend break or to get the blood rushing with some adventure activities, they are all within easy reach of the convenient location of the Ariari Lodge in Taranaki.
Mt Egmont National Park
Egmont National Park cover 33,534 hectares. Here the volcano Taranaki (or Mt Egmont as it is also known) rules supreme standing tall above the surrounding landscape. Beside it are two volcanoes of an earlier era: Kaitake and Pouakai.
Rising above the clouds the 2518m high peak of Mt Taranaki offers spectacular scenery to those who make the challenging climb. For those wanting a more relaxing experience there are beautiful walks through verdant forest to waterfalls, wetlands and excellent viewpoints. Standing as it does in isolation from other mountains it is one of the best parks from which to get an elevated view of another New Zealand – the rural heartland.
The Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning.
Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays.
All these displays are designed and built on the premises in the ‘Body Shop’ and accompanying studios, which can be viewed as part of a museum visit.
Hawera Water Tower
Climb the 215 steps of the 55 metre tower to get a stunning view of the town and surroundings. Access to the water tower is obtained from the i – SITE Information Centre, which is located right beside the water tower, on High Street.
Completed in 1914, the 54 metre Hawera Water Tower is one of Taranaki’s best known landmarks. A staggering 1340 tonnes of hand-mixed concrete was required for its construction. In recent times the tower has undergone extensive restoration, making it safe for visitors to climb the 215 steps for panoramic views of Hawera and farmland.
The PowerCo Aquatic Centre has an indoor heated all year complex featuring a 25 metre (6 lane) pool, learners’ pool, toddlers’ spray and play pool, thermal pool and hydro-slide. Spacious attractive grounds feature a heated 50 metre (7 lane) pool plus learners and toddlers pools.
Built at a cost of just over $20.7 million, the multi-focused complex brings modern indoor and outdoor facilities together on one site -located on Hicks Park between Waihi Rd and Camberwell Rd in Hawera.
There is plenty of parking and provision for field sports, hard court sports, indoor stadium sports, small bore rifle shooting, a modern health and fitness centre. Next door is Hawera High School, King Edward Park and PowerCo Aquatic Centre, giving this location an intensive sport, recreation, leisure and events focus. The venue is ideal for tournaments and caters everyday to multiple sports codes, training, and education, social and family events. TSB Hub also has modern state of the art conference facilities to cater for events of all sizes from small training events for 10 people to large exhibitions and concerts.
Cape Egmont Lighthouse
The Cape Egmont Lighthouse was first erected in 1865 on Mana Island, near Cook Strait. The Mana Island light was often confused with the Pencarrow light, so it was dismantled and taken to Cape Egmont in 1877.
The light shone at Cape Egmont for the first time in August 1881. For the first 6 months an armed constabulary was stationed on the first floor of the lighthouse because of the Taranaki land wars.
Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve
Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a stunning 230 hectare forested hill-country catchment, extensive wetlands and 17.8 hectare natural lake. Mature tawa, rewarewa and mahoe dominated forest is home to tui, bellbird, keruru, grey warbler, and North Island robin, plus a variety of other bird species.
Situated just 12 kilometres from the township of Eltham, South Taranaki, Rotokare is a popular recreation spot for boating, walking and simply enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Surf Highway 45 follows the stunning Taranaki coastline through many of NZ’s best surfing spots, including Ohawe Beach, Opunake, Okato and Oakura. Surfing options abound; beginners can take a lesson with a local or ride tandem with an instructor. More experienced surfers are free to explore – maybe hire an off-road vehicle to reach those secluded waves.
Surf Breaks En Route
- Ohawe Beach – right-hander, fast
- Mangahume – A-frame, challenging wave in NE wind
- The Dumps – best at lower tide
- Opunake Beach – right-hander, high-tide, offshore NE wind
- Arawhata Road – right break; left and right in middle of bay
- Kina Road - popular windsurfing spot
- Stent Road – five spots, working on all tides, offshore NE
- Graveyards – left-hander, SE wind
- Rocky Point – Rocky Rights (NE wind) and Rocky Lefts (SE wind)
- Weld Road – good longboard spot
- Ahu Ahu Road – gentle left-hander and fast right-hander
- Oakura Beach – local club spot, beach break
- Back Beach – West-facing, bars change frequently
- East End Beach – NW-facing, best at mid-high tide
- Fitzroy Beach – local club spot, barrels, right and left-hander
- Waiwhakaiho River Mouth & Groyne – left and right off A-frame peak
Silence, scenery, fresh clean air and magnificent courses…..South Taranaki has an abundance of golf courses catering for golfers of all levels. All courses are playable 12 months of the year. Please visit www.southtaranaki.com for further information.
South Taranaki has some of the best coastal fishing in the country; whether you are after fresh water trout swimming through the fresh mountain stream of MT Taranaki or a large ocean fish, we have got it all.
South Taranaki Fishing Charters
Experience the excitement and thrill of bottom fishing off the South Taranaki Coast. Launching from Patea River with an exceptional Skipper. All bait and tackle supplies, Max 6 people. Ph 06278 9126 or 0272899929
Experienced skipper with more than 25 years experience. Bait, rod and tackle supplied. All modern nautical equipment. All trips subject to weather and bar conditions. Specialists in bottom fishing. Ph 06 764 8856 or 0274744501 HYJINKS@xtra.co.nz
Dining and Entertainment
If you enjoy an evening out South Taranaki has a modern Cinema complex, live performance venues and a wide array of cafes and restaurants covering the spectrum of national and international cuisine which offer something to tempt everyone’s tastebuds. For further information, visit www.southtaranaki.com
Taranaki Pioneer Village on State Highway 3, just south of Stratford in Central Taranaki, offers 10 acres of Taranaki Heritage. Take a nostalgic stroll through yesteryear and experience an outdoor museum presenting the life of Taranaki pioneers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – recall childhood memories and introduce ‘the good old days’ to the younger generation” A major central Taranaki visitor attraction that appeals to all ages with modern amenities which contrast with a ‘stepping back in time’ experience as visitors enter village main street.