A variety of activities are available in the surrounding area including:

Walking/hiking in the nearby Ruahine Forest Park – optional tracks cater for all fitness levels. See www.doc.govt.nz
• Easy walking tracks at nearby A’Deanes Bush and Monckton’s Reserve.
Golf – there are numerous golf courses around Hawkes Bay, with several highly regarded ones within 15 minutes’ drive of Ashcott Homestead including Ongaonga, Takapau, Waipukurau and Waipawa. www.sportsground.co.nz Casual course fees are approximately $20 each
Cycling – there are cycleways along both sides of the TukiTuki River together with mountain bike tracks; the country roads around Central Hawkes Bay are popular with cycling groups
Fishing – the Tukituki River is the most frequently fished and accessible river in the Hawkes Bay Region with over 300km of highly productive water. Guided tours can be arranged upon request
Historic Homesteads offering high tea (Oruawharo) and garden visits (Gwavas)
Beaches within 40 minutes drive including Porangahau, Blackhead and Pourerere
• Award winning wineries including Lime Rock www.limerock.co.nz, Junction Wines www.junctionwines.co.nz and Pukeora Estate www.pukeora.com
Antique stores in Waipawa, Dannevirke and Napier
Farmers markets in Otane and Hastings
• Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum in Waipawa www.chbsettlersmuseum.co.nz
Art galleries, shopping and cafes
• Swimming pools in Waipukurau and Waipawa
• Wakeboarding and boating in Takapau www.backpaddocklakes.co.nz
Regional parks – see www.hbrc.govt.nz/onlinemaps/regionalparks
Places to eat including cafes in Waipawa, Waipukurau and Otane. There is a very friendly local pub open all day/evening at Tikokino (10 minutes drive); also fish and chips takeaway at