Kawhia is definitely one of those locations that is well and truly ‘off the beaten track’. Highway 31 is the designation route to Kawhia and is about 120 k southwest of Hamilton. Kawhai is some 50k south of Raglan. Unlike Raglan that is a surfing and café town, Kawhia is primarily a fishing destination and there are a number of websites that are available to gather further information.
Kawhia is also a town that has all the traditional services, including a number of churches.
Kawhia also has a museum that is open most days. Although not local or of NZ origin the museum boasts an exhibition of Australian shells. The Kawhia museum also doubles as the Kawhia Information Centre.
Given the nearby hot springs we recommend a stay over at Kawhia, and although a long drive to take the coast road to the Waitomo Caves. Along the way there are two 'must take a look' views. Firstly the stunning Marakopo Falls and later the incredible Mangapohu Natural Bridge.