Hawera, Taranaki NZ
Hawera’s heart is in dairying, a fact reinforced by the giant cow icon that welcomes visitors arriving from the south. Around 13 million litres of milk are processed here every day, at one of the southern hemisphere’s largest dairy processing unit (a co-operative owned by the farmers).
However most visitors come to Hawera to visit the Tawhiti Museum. It features life size figures created from moulds cast from real people, to capture the past in an engaging way.
Hāwera is the second-largest centre in the Taranaki region of New Zealand's North Island with a population of 10,300.
Hāwera is 75 kilometres south of New Plymouth on State Highway 3 and 30 minutes' drive from Mount Taranaki. It is located on State Highway 45, known as Surf Highway 45 for its numerous surf beaches.
Rebuilt in 2002, the sun filled hospital includes inpatient beds with private ensuites, four maternity beds and a fully equipped birthing room. A 24-hour emergency department provides emergency services.
Hāwera Hospital offers outpatient and community services including mental health, district, allied health and public health services.