When a suitable day arises, most folks in my town, Whanganui, like to head over Palmerston North to shop (hello, K Mart) and make use of the great facilities that bigger cities have. Me, I like to head in the opposite direction.
There’s loads to do in South Taranaki; you’ll only need a few minutes on Google to find something that will float your boat. I am easily pleased. I love parks, the beach, museums, libraries and art galleries, and a good cafe or two. My kids are following in my footsteps as going to a museum is their idea of a good time, but long road trips are not. However, they can be placated by the promise of a great playground along the way, and that’s what brought us to King Edward Park in Hawera, this time around.
We passed through Hawera on our way to New Plymouth, but Hawera itself is definitely worthy of a day trip. Along with King Edward Park, you could check out the incredible Tawhiti Museum (although it has the most frustrating opening times, check their website before you go) or stick with nature at Goodson Dell and Naumai Park.
But I digress, back to the park!
King Edward Park has something for everyone. Cool play equipment, a duck pond, manicured lawns and flower gardens, free BBQs, plenty of picnic tables, and tennis courts. We spent a good couple of hours here and I’ll definitely go back with my family in summer.