Hawera is a city on the North Island of New Zealand. With 11,000 inhabitants, it is the second largest city in the Taranaki region. It is located near the coast of the South Taranaki Bight, 75 km south of New Plymouth. The city is located on State Highway 3, 20 minutes' drive from Mount Taranaki removed. In addition, she is also on State Highway 45. This runs through Manaia, Opunake and Oakura to New Plymouth. Kaponga is a 20-minute drive to the northwest. The railway line Marton-New Plymouth runs since 1 August 1881 by the city. However, since the cessation of passenger traffic between Wellington and New Plymouth on July 30, 1977, only goods trains. Hawera in the language of the Māori burned place. This name arose from the struggles of two local sub-tribes, which took place with the lighting of the House of Attacked its peak. The name proved fitting as the city in 1884, 1888 and 1912 experienced extensive fires. For this reason a large water tower was built in the city center in order to increase the water pressure. He was one of the most famous landmark of Taranaki. The tower was closed in 2001 due to disrepair to the public and reopened after extensive restoration of 2004. Hawera is home to the largest dairy in the southern hemisphere, "Whareroa". This has its own, fueled with gas power plant. The complex was a built by the former Kiwi Co-operative Dairies in 1975 work. Today the owner is the company Fonterra Co-operative Group. Hawera is the Tawhiti Museum. The museum displays using life-size wax figures scenes from history, as well as models of fortified villages (Pā) to see Māori.