Off the Beaten Track in Hawke’s Bay

Off the beaten track in Hawke's Bay

Hawke’s Bay has many well-known events and attractions, but there are also a number of hidden gems that visitors to our region can explore. However now and again our guests like to explore some of the lesser known spots, and we are in the perfect position to help.  Firstly we are in a fantastic location…nothing is too far away. And then secondly, as born and bred locals we can point you in the right direction, making sure you get the perfect holiday while enjoying Hakes Bay.

Step away from the hustle and bustle for a day, and check out our top picks for some fun off the beaten track in Hawke’s Bay.

Off the beaten track in Hawke's Bay - shine falls

Shine Falls 

This spot is well off the beaten track as it is situated approx 1.5 hours drive away from the Colonial Lodge Motel, but well worth the effort for a day trip out. We think it is a beautiful walking track ( 1.5 hours return)  as it takes hikers through a lowland Forrest until you reach the waterfall. Take your family and spend the day. Or enjoy a romantic swim with a loved one in the base water and soak in the view of the 58m high Waterfall. Sensible shoes and a bottle of water are recommended for this outing.


Off the beaten track Hawke's Bay - place name

Visit One of the longest Place name in the world 

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, you should try to pronounce it, and if not I’m sure the locals can help you out! At  85 characters this is one of the longest place names in the world. More simply referred to as Taumata Hill, it is situated close to Porangahau, in southern Hawke’s Bay. The sign displaying the name is about 5 km off the main highway and a great photo opportunity for the family.



Off the beaten track in Hawke's Bay - Otara Pa

Otatara Pa Historic Reserve 

This hidden gem is a lot closer to home, just up the road from the Colonial Lodge Motel. The historic reserve offers spectacular views all the way out to Cape Kidnappers and on a clear day you may even see  Mount Ruapahu. This is a 33 hectare reserve formed 25 years ago and gives great insight into Maori history. Let us know if you are interested in visiting and we can point you in the right direction.


Off the beaten track in Hawke's Bay - birdwood

Birdwoods Gallery

This is a countryside Cafe, Gallery and Sweet shop located just a 20 minute drive the motel. The old fashioned sweets, sculpture garden and outdoor terrace are a great way to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Hawke’s Bay. The buildings themselves are a beautiful site with the gallery being an old Church Hall built in 1894 and the sweet shop is housed in a colonial cottage. Your kids will love you forever after an afternoon at Birdwoods!


Off the beaten track in Hawke's Bay - Chook and Filly

The Chook and Filly Cafe and Bar

Maraekakaho’s place to be. In fact, it’s just about the only thing there. Open since 2005 this is a stunning place for the whole family to dine in the country. They are fully licensed and offer a range of craft and traditional beers along with a number of other dining options.  If you like a typical country pub with stunning views then this is worth the 30 minute drive from Colonial Lodge Motel.


Off the beaten track in Hawke's Bay - Waipatiki

Waipatiki Beach 

This is one of Napier’s most picturesque beaches, a 30 minute drive from Napier the beach is nestled in native bush and surrounded by golden sand. There is a picnic area and toilets so you can settle in for a day of swimming, sunbathing and exploring the 64ha of coastal Forrest that houses a number of our native birds. It is a local family favorite and worth the drive.

Join us at Colonial Lodge Motel in Napier for this and more that Hawke’s Bay has to offer!

If you’ve heard a whisper about any other secrets that Hawke’s Bay is hiding, give us a call and we can assist you with anything Off The Beaten Track in Hawke’s Bay! We look forward to hearing from you!

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