Construction will begin in the second half of 2021 on Harapaki, a $395 million wind farm in Hawke’s Bay, boosting New Zealand’s ability to take action on climate change and accelerating the transformation of the economy to clean energy sources.

The site is located within the Maungaharuru Range in Hawke’s Bay, approximately 35km northwest of Napier.

Harapaki will be New Zealand’s second-largest wind farm with 41 turbines generating 176 MW of renewable energy, enough to power over 70,000 average households. The construction will take around three years and is expected to create 260 new jobs.

The site consists of two adjacent wind farm sites (Hawke’s Bay Wind Farm and Titiokura Wind Farm) that were originally consented in 2006 to Hawke’s Bay Wind Farm Ltd and Unison Network Ltd.

In 2010, Meridian purchased the consents for both sites. Since then, Meridian has spent a significant amount of time researching the site, studying its wind patterns and geography to determine the best layout that would complement the landscape while optimising the wind resource.

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Computer simulations

The following computer-generated simulations show how the two consented windfarms (collectively referred to by Meridian Energy as Harapaki Wind Farm) appear from a range of perspectives.

Credit: Boffa Miskell, Landscape architect,

View from Berry Road


View from Waitara Road South


View from SH5 nearing summit from the East


View from SH5 nearing summit from the West


View from Waipunga Road


View from SH5 near Te Haroto