Havelock North

The images and pictures within this page illustrate data about Havelock North. Havelock North is a suburb in Hastings, New Zealand, in the North Island's Hawke's Bay region. It ranked as a borough for many years until the 1989 reorganisation of local government saw it merged into the new Hastings District.

Location, features and population

The suburb, known locally as "the village", stands on the Heretaunga Plains, and has a reputation for its orchards, vineyards, and educational facilities. 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 Māori legend is the body of a giant, Te Mata o Rongokako.

One of the town's most impressive buildings is Whare Ra, a house built for a temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the early twentieth century.

Havelock North is generally hilly, as it is on the foothills of Te Mata Peak and small gullies have been formed by the creeks and streams flowing from Te Mata Peak, resulting in a small amount of inaccessible or steep land which is converted into forests, parks or reserves, giving the image of naturally having many bushes and trees.

Areas within Havelock North include Anderson Park, Iona, Havelock North Central, Te Mata and Te Mata Hills, from the census units of Statistics NZ.

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Havelock North took its name from Sir Henry Havelock, a hero of the Indian Mutiny campaign, thus keeping with the local habit of naming towns after prominent men from Imperial India. Its founders originally envisaged a larger town for the site, but when the Wellington-Napier rail line went through the area in 1874 it took a direct route some distance from Havelock North, and Hastings became a more logical choice for residents

Like a number of North Island towns, Havelock North has grown larger than its South Island namesake, Havelock, in the Marlborough Sounds.


Notable residents include:

  • Alan Duff (born 1950), novelist
  • Alfred Meebold (1863–1952), botanist, writer, and anthroposopher (died at Havelock North)
  • Dr Robert William Felkin (1853–1926), medical missionary, ceremonial magician, author on Uganda and Central Africa, explorer, and early anthropologist

Many of Havelock North's residents are those who commute to downtown Hastings or Napier who prefer rural or suburban life.


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.

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Close places of interest

St John's College, Hastings (3.82 km)

St John's College is a State Integrated, Catholic, Day School for boys, located in Hastings, a provincial city in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Founded in 1941 by the Marist Fathers, St John's College has a non-selective enrolment policy (although gives preference to students from Catholic families) and currently caters for approximately 450 students from Year 9 (3rd Form) to Year 13 (7th Form). St John's College has a diverse, multicultural roll. In 2006 its ethnic composition was Pākehā 73%, Māori 23%, and Pacific 4% . The college excels in sporting and cultural activities.

Nelson Cricket Ground (4.27 km)

Nelson Cricket Ground was a cricket ground in Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The first recorded match held on the ground came in January 1878 when Hawke's Bay played the touring Australians. The ground held its first first-class match in 1914 when Hawke's Bay played Wellington. Two further first-class matches were held there, one further in 1914 which saw Hawke's Bay play the touring Australians and in 1915 when Hawke's Bay played Canterbury in the 1914/15 Plunket Shield. In use throughout the remainder of the 20th century, Central Districts later played two List A matches there.

Hastings, New Zealand (4.67 km)

The city of Hastings is a major urban settlement in the Hawke's Bay region of the North Island of New Zealand, and it is the largest settlement by population in Hawke's Bay. Hastings city is the administrative centre of the Hastings District. Hastings is located some 20 km inland from the neighbouring port city of Napier. Less than twenty kilometres separate the centres of Hastings and Napier, and as such the two are often grouped together as "The Twin Cities" or "The Bay Cities", and are increasingly treated together in official statistics.

Taikura Rudolf Steiner School (4.7 km)

Taikura Rudolf Steiner School is a co-educational state integrated composite school for students in Years 1 to 13, located in Hastings, New Zealand.

Haumoana (7.98 km)

Haumoana is a coastal town located in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Overview Haumoana is located just south of the Tukituki River outlet, on Hawke Bay on the east coast of the North Island in New Zealand. The area is flat and low lying, with hills to the southwest. The underlying soil material has been laid down by rivers and the sea margin. Particle size ranges from gravel to clay. Nearer the beach the area is underlain by free draining sandy-gravels but further inland the gravels are overlain by poor draining silt and clay rich soils. Parts of the beach are experiencing coastal erosion of 0.

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