Guide12 Hours Havelock North
A quaint township in Hastings, Havelock North punches well above its weight when it comes to eating, drinking and shopping. Looking for things to do in Havelock North? We have you covered with this 12 hour guide.
Your guide to the best things to do in Havelock North, Hastings
You will find Havelock North, a suburb of Hastings in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s a lovely country town bursting with charm and encompassing creative flare, cafés and restaurants. While away the day exploring the views from varying heights, strolling through the village of thriving arts and boutiques and sampling the region’s best-known wineries and restaurants. Some of the smallest of eateries churn out the most innovative cuisine in the country. Squeezing it all in will be a tall task but a memorable one at that…
Wake up at Tukituki Glamping
493 Kahuranaki Road, Hastings
Overlooking the Tukituki River Valley, Tukituki Glamping is only 20 minutes from Havelock North. Thanks to its outside open fire you can camp all year round at Tukituki (nice to have when the skies and sun sets are so spectacular). Wake up inside the warm and cosy ten to the sounds of bellbirds and tui feeding off the native plants, and get ready for your fun-filled day in Havelock North ....
8am: Coffee at Hawthorne Coffee Roasters
23 Napier Road, Havelock North
A local favourite and for good reason, Hawthorne are an integral part of the close-knit Havelock North community. More than your average regional coffee roaster, they have been serving and roasting coffee since the 1990’s, as well as supplying the rest of the country with their impeccable beans. Their espresso bar, attached to the front of their roastery, is a stylishly curated space where you can experience the brand first hand.
9am: Breakfast at Maina
1 Havelock Road, Havelock North
Maina is a great place to stop for breakfast. Smack-bang in the centre of Havelock North with pumping vibes, great coffee and delish serves, this family-run café and bistro has a focus on simplicity. That dark chocolate and cherry brioche though…
10am: Book shopping at Wardini Bookshop
16 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
An independent bookstore with a touch of magic to inspire your reading choices. Passionate about reading with a wealth of experience to call upon, the ‘Wardini’s’ are always ready and willing to recommend quality books for children, teenagers and adults alike. They also have a twin store in Napier (add it to your list).
10.30am: Homewares at Annabelle's
5E Havelock Road, Havelock North
Offering treasures from around the globe, buying trips to Bali and India have always been a big part of the journey for Annabelle Plowman who has a keen eye for detail. Her Havelock North store is a bohemian's dream, with natural and organic furniture, textiles and lighting throughout. Stay a while and be inspired by this beautiful store.
11am: Coffee at Workroom
15 Joll Road, Havelock North
Quality coffee seals the deal at Workroom. Stop by a tasty cuppa with beans roasted by First Hand, a boutique coffee roaster based in Hawke's Bay. The modern café offers warmth during cooler months and a courtyard for sun-seekers. Look up to the blue skies and hear the chitter-chatter of local customers popping by.
Photo: Julie Danes
12pm: Vintage shopping at So Vintage
339 Clifton Rd, Te Awanga
Hop in the car and drive the 15 minutes to Te Awanga where you will find So Vintage, a a family run business handpicks their collection of French and European country furniture, industrial lighting and vintage homewares. If you share a mutual affection of all things antique, vintage and industrial, and the history behind their beauty, step this way. Think trinkets and treasures as you enter this Aladdin’s cave of unique European style. When their motto is ‘L’Original or nothing’, you know you’ve found a goodie.
1.30pm: Lunch at Black Barn Bistro
Black Barn Road, Havelock North
There's something awe-inspiring about sitting at a table in a hilltop restaurant, overlooking vineyards and farmlands. Black Barn is a winery restaurant using ingredients sourced directly from small farmers and artisans. At any one time you can choose from the menu: oysters, hangi goat croquettes and line caught white fish (among other dishes). You won't be able to turn down a side of spiced french fries with aioli. And if you have room for dessert, try the Black Barn tiramisu.
Sit back and enjoy the views and sheer brilliance of their ingredients.
And if you happen to be visiting on a Saturday morning over summer, swing by the Growers’ Market, nestled in the heart of the vineyard, where local growers, bakers and producers sell the best produce of their region.
Photo: Brian Culy
3pm: See the sights from Te Mata Peak
Te Mata Peak Road, Havelock North
On a clear day, you can see the whole of Hawke's Bay laid out before you with 360 views with a bounty of the region’s fertile farms, orchards and vineyards. Work off your lunch or build your appetite for the next stop with a run, walk or mountain bike through 99 hectares of beautiful parkland on a series of well-graded tracks. Thrill-seekers can take it to the next level with hang gliding and paragliding to soar over and view the lands from a different angle.
Te Mata Peak: Website
4.30pm: Wine tasting at Craggy Range
253 Waimarama Rd, Parkvale, Tuki Tuki
On the drive back to town for dinner, stop at Craggy Range for a wine tasting. A combo of clean air, green fields and care for the land, with mighty fine wines that have a well-earned place among New Zealand’s finest restaurants. With a focus on quality, the wines are so unashamedly exuberant, and quite simply, delicious. The good news is, you really can try them all!
The Craggy Range wine cellar is closed until 1 September 2020. In the meantime, try their virtual tastings. The Craggy Range restaurant remains open.
Now it's time to drive back to town for dinner.
6pm: Dinner at Piku (option one)
15 Joll Road, Havelock North
Cave into that sticky rice craving! Piku is an Izakaya (aka gastropub) style Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of the city. Beautifully executed and Instagrammable, the menu goes beyond the classics. Try the volcano rolls; lamb buns with hoisin sauce; and skewers cooked on a traditional Robata Charcoal Grill. They even have a dedicated vegan menu and kids menu too.
When the night is still young step into the courtyard for a Japanese inspired cocktail with a buzz of the London Japanese scene. Whoop.
6pm: Dinner at Pipi (option two)
16 Joll Road, Havelock North
You’ll be thinking pink in this unique and unassuming pizzeria. Giving off homey, cosy vibes, the hues of pink are certainly a selfie-worthy backdrop you won’t find anywhere else! The Pipi Café culture is to help yourself to drinks. Yup, there’s a self-service fridge where you can pick any drink you want, then tell the staff at the end what you got, a novel experience in and of itself. For the pizza, you can’t go past the classics: Margherita and Funghi.
Pipi Café: Website
8pm: Cocktails at Malo
4 Te Aute Road, Havelock North
With a unique beverage offering, you will want to work your way through the menu at Malo. The perfect haunt for your best cocktail drinking buddy, the talented bar team offers a delicious list of cocktails – classic and Malo originals. Did somebody say Raspberry Cheesecake cocktail? A crowd favourite any day of the week. We’re in.