Wai ora

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Wai ora

Takapau, Hawke's Bay

Wai Ora is located on a farm about 15 minutes from Waipukurau in Central Hawke's Bay. It's just over 3 hours drive from Wellington.

Wai Ora is made up of a collection of stunning 'rustic-luxe' huts - with a spring-fed creek and river bordering one side and a native wetland on the other. The main hut comprises a living, dining, and cooking area that oozes atmosphere. Two beautifully decorated bedroom huts nearby sleep a total of four people and a bathroom hut just metres away, houses a shower, basin, and toilet.

Wildlife abounds in the surrounding waterways and wetlands. Bird watchers will enjoy the visiting ducks, herons, kingfishers, pied stilts, pheasants, and quail. The family-sized hot tub provides the perfect place to soak and take it all in.

This place is the ultimate peaceful escape. The sound of trickling water from the river and the sunlight glistening off the surface as it meanders past - is a tonic for the soul. It's a place to wind-down, immerse in nature, and reconnect with family and friends.

FROM $310 p/n

Children aged 7+ only

  • Sleeps 4
            Child Friendly
      Child Friendly

333 Speedy Road, Takapau 4288


Waiora is 12km from Waipukarau in the Hawke's Bay. The Google Maps directions are accurate. Once you get there follow the signs along the farm track access road (standard 2WD cars will be fine but really low bottomed vehicles might struggle). You may have to negotiate livestock from time to time and one or two gates.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Wai Ora is self-catering. Just bring your food and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in the kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Godsown in Maraekakaho, about 40 minutes away, does superb craft ales and ciders and woodfired pizza. Copperpot in Waipukurau, 15 minutes away is a popular gastro pub - and Wallingford Homestead, 35 minutes away is an excellent fine dining option.

    The closest place for supplies is Foursquare in Takapau (7km away) which has a good range of basics. New World and Countdown supermarkets can be found in Waipukurau (12km away).

  • Things to do

    Wai Ora is a magical place to relax and reset. Enjoy the simple things like slow cooking over your open fire, or toasting marshmallows and star-gazing in the clear night sky. Board games are provided for family fun - and Kubb is the idea backyard game for long summer evenings. The wood-fired hot tub is the perfect place to soak while wildlife spotting in the surrounding wetlands.

    If you do feel like getting out and about though, there's plenty to do.

    Junction Vineyard is just 5 minutes away - the cellar door is open for tasting most of the year. Another close local attraction for some action-packed fun is Backpaddock Lakes for wakeboarding and waterskiing.

    There are several beaches within 40-60 minutes away - Pourerere, Aramoana and Kairakau beaches are all recommended for a day out.

    If you're a keen walker, tramp into the Ruahines - the popular Sunrise Hut walk is a 35 minute drive away and a nice, easy 1 - 3 hour walk with great views. 

    Mountain bikers - bring your bikes! You'll enjoy the extensive lime tracks around Waipukurau and Waipawa which offer some great riding.

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