Kawhia is part of the King Country which was named after the movement that King Tawhiao led last century to resist alienation of Maori land.
After the movement's failure, he and his followers sought refuge in these remoter parts of the region and for a time thereafter "Pakeha" ventured into Kawhia and other parts of King Country at their own peril.
Accommodation is varied and very reasonably priced, from camping grounds, homestay and backpackers to a neat & tidy motel and hotel.
There are some excellent outdoor activities, which include: heritage cruises, horsetrekking, kayaking, natural hotpools and drive-your-own 4 wheeler motorbikes.
So whether it's the sheer tranquility, or the magnificient scenery, you and the kids will be well stimulated and occupied.
as it's aptly described, will grow on you quickly and impress it's tranquil memory in your mind, so plan ahead and plan to stay at least a few days to experience the best of what New Zealand can offer in the fascinating King Country.
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