Horowhenua Holiday Parks

Area Information

Located on the west coast of the North Island, the Horowhenua District is bordered by the Tararua Ranges and is conveniently located just an hour’s drive north of Wellington and an hour’s drive south of Palmerston North. With an array of untouched beaches, friendly locals and rich farm countryside, the Horowhenua District is the perfect place to take the family for your next holiday.

On your drive to the heart of the Horowhenua, you’ll pass through the quaint little town of Shannon. Shannon has some fantastic boutique shopping and cafes – perfect as a stop off point for travellers. Shannon is also home to Owlcatraz - a native bird and wildlife sanctuary, where visitors can walk through the purpose built owl enclosures and get up and close to some of New Zealand’s most treasured birds.

Levin is the largest town in the Horowhenua District and is only 90km north of Wellington, along State Highway 1. It is the hub for the local farming community and has a great selection of factory outlet clothing stores and cafés along the main street. Just a 10 minute drive north of the town is the unspoilt Waiterere Beach, which is a popular spot for fishing and enjoying a picnic. Walk along the shoreline and you’ll come across the Hydrabad Shipwreck, which washed up onto the beach in 1878.

Foxton is another thriving township in the region, and once served the region’s flax industry in the late 1800’s. The Flax Stripper Museum is one of the town’s key attractions to this day. Another key attraction in the town is the full size replica of the De Molen Windmill, where you can see the mechanical workings of the mill and experience traditional Dutch 17th Century craftsmanship. Foxton Beach is a popular holiday destination, with many holiday makers from Wellington choosing the spot as a relaxing weekend getaway. It is the perfect spot for swimming, surfing and fishing.

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