Wairoa, 118km northeast of Napier and 99km south of Gisborne is a pretty town situated on the banks of the broad Wairoa River, and is the southern gateway to Eastland. The Maori name means “Long water”. It is the gateway to the wilderness playgrounds of Te Urewera National Park and Lake Waikaremoana.
Activities to be enjoyed include lake kayaking, trout fishing, boating, day walks and a multi-day walking trip around magnificent Lake Waikaremoana, one of New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks.
North from Wairoa is Mahia Peninsula, a beach-fringed promontory jutting into the Pacific providing a mecca for fishermen, surfers, divers and those looking for the quintessential beach holiday. For more information about the Mahia area, click here to be linked with Voyage Mahia.
Inland from Mahia on the highway between Gisborne and Wairoa are the Morere Hot Springs set in a nikau-predominant native bush reserve with superb walking tracks.
For a map of Wairoa, click here.Check out the Wairoa i-SITE for current information on the Wairoa District.