About Havelock North

The "Jewel of the Bay" Havelock North residential area and town nestled on the north facing slopes of the legendary Te Mata Peak, overlooking the fertile Heretaunga Plains toward snow laden mountains in winter and plentiful orchard and crop growing land in the summer.

This intimate little village and small population enjoy some of New Zealand's exquisite winery and dining experiences, quality luxurious accommodation, excellent variety of shopping, and world class olives, cheese and honey products.

One of New Zealand's most important wine regions spreads around the area. The town's industry is based around its fruit and wine production, and includes a horticultural research centre.

Havelock North is situated at the base of the prominent landmark Te Mata Peak, a 399-metre outcrop, which according to local Maori legend is the body of a giant, Te Mata o Rongokako.

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The town is better-endowed educationally than many of its size. It has Taruna College for teacher training, based on Rudolph Steiner principles. Havelock North Intermediate School is a district leader in Media Studies, with pupils from Hastings visiting it for classes. Other schools also include Te Mata Primary, Havelock North Primary, Lucknow Primary and Havelock North High School as well as the private schools Hereworth, Woodford House and Iona College.

Havelock has a large number of residents who commute to the larger centres of Napier and Hastings for work so they can enjoy the boutique village lifestyle. Much like the rest of the region the close proximity of the centres allows for a variety of lifestyle options without sacrificing your access to all manner of amenities.

Havelock is just 20 minutes from McLean Park if you fancy an international cricket match or 25 minute to the Mission Estate where a now famous concert takes place each year. The internationally renowned Cape Kidnappers Golf Resort is 20 minutes from the heart of the village and the Gannet colony brings thousands of visitors a year to the region.