Location & Activities
Porangahau is a coastal village in Central Hawke’s Bay and a paradise for fishing and diving. As one of New Zealand’s oldest settlements, it is steeped in history with Chapelwick being the original Homestead of the Porangahau Station established in 1854. We are surrounded by typical coastal New Zealand farmland, farming sheep and cattle.
The 4km-long sandy beach and river mouth on our doorstep offers all kinds of activities including swimming, surfing, fishing, diving, hunting, coastal walks, horse trekking and blo-karting to name but a few.
Porangahau is home of 'The longest place name in the world', which is 85 letters long and officially entered in the Guinness Book of Records. It is still owned by the descendants of Tamatea Pokai Whenua:
Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu
Translated, this means: The hilltop where Tamatea, with big knees, conqueror of mountains, eater of land, traveller over land and sea, played his flute to his beloved.
A three-hour guided tour is available by request. This comprises a gentle walk up through a working farm, then back down through rejuvenating bush. Along the way guides will point out places of cultural interest and share local stories and songs. The guides also say that by the end of the walk you will be able to say the longest place name. A self-guided walk is another option.
The Porangahau Country Club has its own 9-hole golf course, offering a true links experience for all players. There are also four new all weather tennis courts available for hire.
It’s just a short drive to more local golf courses – there are several close by, including Flemington, Waipawa, Waipukurau, Takapau and Onga Onga or slightly further afield to the renowned international courses at Bridge Pa and Cape Kidnappers. See our Golf Packages for more details.
Visits to the local marae are also available by appointment. Your visit includes a Powhiri or formal welcome, morning tea, and an introduction to maori culture and stories inside the Whare Nui (Meeting House).
Wine tasting is available at local vineyards Lime Rock, Pukeora & Junction Wine, or it’s just a further 20-minute drive into the heart of Hawke's Bay Wine Country.
We are happy to give local advice to help you plan your activities or make bookings for tours or excursions.