Central Hawke’s Bay

Central Hawkes Bay produces twenty percent of the Napier Ports exports.


About Central Hawke’s Bay

Central Hawke’s Bay District is part of the Hawke’s Bay Region and covers an area of 333,450 hectares with a population of 12,948

There are two main towns in Central Hawke’s Bay – Waipukurau and Waipawa – who both had very different starts to colonial life and it was in 1860 that two station owners, H.R. Russell and F.S Abbot founded the farming centres of Waipawa and Waipukurau as tow private towns.

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Central Hawke’s Bay


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From the Mayor


Export oriented and dynamic

The District offers a relaxed rural, family-friendly lifestyle, open spaces, a network of welcoming rural towns and villages, excellent community facilities, affordable housing and great transport links to the rapidly expanding Napier Port, Hawke’s Bay Airport, and the provincial cities of Palmerston North, Hastings and Napier.

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