With the warm weather vastly approaching, what better time to get exploring our beautiful Hawkes Bay region. No matter what your preference these top hot spots in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay will have you leaving refreshed, revived and reborn. Koru Enterprises has comprised a list of sites to take you and your whānau on a cultural journey through the cities most sought after cultural destinations providing knowledge, activities and even beverages.
Ngā Pou o Heretaunga
Ngāti Kahungunu represents…..
– Combining communities and culture
Unveiled in 2013 these pou (traditional carved pillars) were established to combine and embrace the Māori culture within the Hawke’s Bay region. Each facing their own marae, these pou are a symbol of eighteen Ngāti Kahungunu marae. What a beautiful sight to reflect and acknowledge history and our ancestors. Take note of the plaque to identify which pou symbolises which marae along with the carver who created each pou.
Traditional Māori flora….
– Harakeke Highway
Harakeke (NZ flax) is in abundance in Hastings. In the early days, it was used for so many different purposes from medicinal use to treat burns, boils and also to relieve bowel symptoms.The fibre from these plants is also perfect for producing rope and linen. Traditional kete (woven baskets) and clothing are still made from flax to this day and is also used to make stunning art work such as flower bouquets. Collect some for yourself from the newly blessed harakeke site in Hastings and give flax weaving a try for yourself. If you run out of time on your haerenga (journey), you can also buy from our online artisan giftshop, to send back home, saving you carrying it in your luggage! Take a look here: https://koruenterprises.net/vendors/puna-ecopreneur
*Located just off State Highway 1
Te Mata o Rongokako
The sleeping giant….
– Take a hike or ride your bike, embrace the views and kick off your shoes
Legend has it that this stunning maunga (mountain) is Rongokako and speaks of love, war and deception. The outline of his tinana (body) is seen from all around Hastings thus known as the sleeping giant. The most popular walking and mountain bike tracks in the Hawke’s Bay region, Te Mata Peak is a “must do” location to visit. The ability to walk, hike, bike and drive means it is fit for all abilities, and special needs manuhiri (visitors)! The 360 view of Hawke’s Bay is mind blowing from every direction. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush the option of parasailing is also there.
Ka Pai Cuppa Waka
Mobile Maori coffee cart….
– Need your caffeine fix? Get your morning coffee!
While travelling around these stunning sites, take a break, and stop in for the best coffee in town from Shelley at the Kai Pai Cuppa Waka, situated outside Flaxmere Park every day. With all the knowledge you have consumed from these cultural places, you will have no trouble ordering your coffee or tea in Te Reo Māori (Māori language)! Kia ora, is a great way to start….
Whānau games at the park….
– Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki ā rātou – We will remember them
A bit of whānau competition is always healthy. Bring the whānau, a ball and earn bragging rights when you play a game of Ki-o-Rahi at Flaxmere Park near Hastings. This game dates back to the 28th Māori Battalion from WWII. The soldiers used this game to keep fit and agile whilst taking their mind off the reality of fighting in the war.
Hākikino is found in the breath-taking, small beachside town of Waimārama. The beautiful golden sand beach and warm water is the best place to be on a Hawke’s Bay hot summer day. While enjoying the sand and sea why not reach out and clue yourselves up on some of the history surrounding this stunning village with the Waimarama Māori tour who will take you on a journey through time.
If there is any ‘hot spot’ in Hastings you think we have missed, please feel free to contact us and we will be sure to include it in our next Hawkes Bay blog!
Safe Travels whānau,
Koru Enterprises Team.