Just 10 minutes away from Hawera and only 45 minutes to New Plymouth city lies the settlement of Manaia.  With a population of approximately 1000 people, it is the little town with the big attitude and home to Yarrows Family Bakers, suppliers of bread and bread products to restaurants, hotels and retailers all over the world. 

Visitors will delight in the friendly charm of the village centre – its library, dairies, hotel and food store providing the daily necessities for those who choose this laid back, peaceful pace knowing that a drive in any direction will bring them to the sea, the mountain, the city or the town in just a short time.

Things to see and do while visiting Manaia

Egmont National Park

A variety of easy, short walks branch off the main access roads. A number of beautiful waterfalls are in easy reach of Dawson Falls and it is worth walking through the Goblin Forest to Wilkies Pools - a series of plunge pools formed by the scouring action of water borne sand and gravel.

Heritage Buildings

A short drive around the Manaia district will give you an appreciation of the development of Manaia.  For a map and further information visit Manaia Library Plus and i-SITE.

Hollard Gardens

Hidden paths, expansive lawns and swamp gardens are all part of the wonderful showcase of colour and horticultural drama that is Hollard Gardens.  This garden of National Significance features an extensive collection of trees, rhododendrons, shrubs and perennials gathered over the past 77 years.   Free admission.

Kaupokonui Beach

Head towards Opunake from Manaia on Surf Highway 45 to try surfing, swimming or camping in either the river or the sea.  The land across the river from the carpark was an important early Maori village, and has been the site of many significant archaeological finds. 

Community Swimming Pool

Located on South Road, Manaia.  The pool is open to the public from early December through until mid March.

Taranaki Country Music Hall of Fame 

Situated on Surf Highway 45 the Taranaki Country Music Hall of Fame is an event venue and museum, adorned with a vast collection of photographs of famous country music stars from around the world, farming memorabilia and iconic household items. Resident Band Club Evenings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 1.30pm and every Thursday evening at 7pm (doors open at 6pm.)

South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

For great advice, service and friendly tourist information wherever you are in the region, please phone or visit the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre in Hawera.  All South Taranaki libraries also offer visitor and tourist information throughout the working week and display boards are kept up to date with community notices and events. 

Address:  55 High Street (PO Box 5), Hawera

Telephone:  06 278 8599

Fax:  06 278 6599              

Open Hours:

Monday-Friday 8.30 am-5.15 pm

Weekends and Public Holidays 9.30-4 pm (December-April), 10 am-3 pm (May-November)