Located 72km south-west of New Plymouth, Hawera is a thriving rural centre catering to almost any sporting interest, including bowls, tennis, croquet, swimming and golf. The Egmont Racing Club has an excellent track here and there is scope for surf and sunbathing at Ohawe Beach, a neighbouring resort.

The Hawera area has several sites associated with pre-European Maori civilisation, including the 400-year-old Turuturumokai Pa. The slopes of Mount Taranaki/Egmont are only 32km away, offering mountaineering, skiing and hiking.