'''State Highway 3''' passes through Hawera. Hawera is near the coast of the
[[South Taranaki Bight ]], 75 kilometres south of [[New Plymouth]] on [[New Zealand State Highway network|State Highway 3 ]] and 20 minutes' drive from [[Mount Taranaki/Egmont ]]. It is on [[ New Zealand State Highway network|State Highway 45]], known as Surf Highway 45 for its numerous surf beaches. State Highway 45 passes through [[ Manaia, Taranaki|Manaia]], [[Opunake]] and Oakura en route to New Plymouth. [[Kaponga]] is a 20-minute drive to the north-west. The [[Marton - New Plymouth Line ]] [[railway ]] passes through Hawera and has served the town since 1 August 1881, though it has been freight-only since the cancellation of the last [[railcar ]] passenger service between [[Wellington]] and New Plymouth on 30 July 1977.