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Elsthorpe is a locality in southern Hawke's Bay on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It has a population of roughly 200.

This is the picturesque northern entrance to Elsthorpe


Get in

Due to the secluded nature of Elsthorpe, the only way to reach it is by car.

Directions: Drive south from Hastings and Havelock North. Head down Waimarama Road. Go straight ahead at the second intersection where the road to Waimarama splits to the left (after bridge). You should then be on Kahuranaki Road. Stick to the main road and you can't miss it after about 30km (20 min drive).

Get around

A road map showing Elsthorpe's two streets conveniently located on the side of the road

Elsthorpe is small enough to walk around in a few minutes.


This is the bustling central business district of Elsthorpe

Kairakau Beach - About 5-10 km from Elsthorpe. The beach has views of the ocean and surrounding cliffs. There are some baches and a camping ground.

Elsthorpe Scenic Reserve - There is a beautiful scenic reserve on the outskirts of the main village centre. The 35ha reserve is one of the best remnants of podocarp forest remaining in the district. The larger trees are mainly kahikatea, rimu, matai, and totara and the second tier is made up of tawa, titoki and mahoe.


  • Pack a picnic.


  • A clearly sign posted area is available at the end of the beach road for overnight stops for fully self contained motorhomes only.

Get out

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