A very relaxed, slow-paced village on the way to the West Coast, Hawea is a charming little community, perfect for visiting families.
The majority of buildings are kiwi holiday batches, many of which have lake views. Most of the permanent year-round residents actually live in Hawea Flat, just over the hill.
Hawea is home to a number of events, such as the Lake Hawea Epic mountain bike race.
Hawea has just one convenience store, a restaurant known as Sailz, and the Hawea Hotel, which includes a bar, restaurant and bottle store.