Hawera Heritage

The lovely old Hawera Library is a single-storey building and has served as the town library building for more than 100 years.

The spectacular Hawera Water Tower was built after the devastating Central Hotel fire of 1912. Insurance underwriters demanded the construction of a water tower as a firefighting reservoir. Click here for more information.

The Star Office -The South Taranaki Star newspaper is one of South Taranaki's finest, longest-standing institutions. The newspaper was first published in 1880 and remains a thriving rural publication today. The newspaper and printing works moved to the present site in 1913. The building is a beautiful plastered masonry and of a simplified classical design.

The Caplen's Building was the first substantial brick and plaster building in Hawera. In the Great Fire of 1895, it served as a buffer - it held firm between the Charles Major office building and the two wooden bank buildings next door. Its occupants have included lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, architects and banking firms.


War Memorial Arch

This majestic arch stands as a South Taranaki tribute to soldiers from the district that died in the World Wars of the 20th century. The arch is made of beautiful New Zealand Oamaru stone, Takaka marble and concrete. The columns bear the names of local people who fought and died for New Zealand in last century's World Wars.


Hawera Heritage Inventory

Click here to access the Hawera Heritage Inventory. This file offers a detailed inventory of heritage sites in Hawera for people who would like more information regarding this important historic town.

Historic Places Map