Central Hawke’s Bay is the ideal place to experience traditional rural New Zealand. Practise your swing at one of the region’s golf courses or cast your line and fish for your dinner - the Waipawa River is a good spot for rainbow and brown trout.

Outdoor adventure is also on the menu in Central Hawke’s Bay, with cycling routes, bushwalks and four-wheel drive safaris. The farming community of Waipukurau is the main centre of Central Hawke’s Bay and well placed to explore the region, or learn about the area’s history at Waipawa, where the town’s historic buildings date back to the 1860s.