Explore the Hawke's Bay

Hawke’s Bay offers a life less ordinary. Whether for the weekend or a week, it is a place to breathe deeper, relax for longer and enjoy all of the best things in life in one complete package.

Wrapped in its own unique micro climate, Hawke’s Bay is a short distance from everywhere but a world away from anywhere you’ve ever seen before.

With more sunshine hours than you can shake a stick at, the region has long been on the global radar for producing some of the world’s truly great wines. And the same endless warm days which shine down on the vineyards most of the year also produce some of the best food you’ll ever taste. What we can’t grow and cook here isn’t worth eating.

For sun worshippers and families, sandy golden beaches stretch right along the sheltered coastline. The more athletic wind their way on foot or bike across peaks and beside wide rivers where anglers make the most of excellent fishing.

But it’s not all about the great outdoors. The region is seeped in history – both Maori and European. Explore the Art Deco architecture which draws enthusiasts from all corners of the globe – it’s an experience that can’t be replicated anywhere.

And with its jaw-droppingly beautiful landscape and relaxed way of life, Hawke’s Bay has become a magnet to the country’s artists. Culture in Wine Country is spelt with a capital C.

Some liken Hawke’s Bay to Tuscany or the south of France. But to locals it’s just home…the best little place on the planet.

Hastings is a showcase of Spanish Mission-style architecture and enjoys a diverse range of cultural attractions including the Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre. September heralds spring and the start of the Hastings Blossom Festival, full of concerts, celebrity artist performances and fun events.

Hastings’ vibrant inner city square is regularly used for community performances, fairs and events, and the central city is home to an impressive display of public art works.

Hastings Travel Guide
Hastings Accommodation Guide
Hastings Activities and Attractions

Napier, the city by the sea, is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture, events such as the Brebner Print Art Deco Weekend in February, stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries, local fresh produce and national tourist attractions.

Supported by a mediterranean climate and over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year this popular year-round destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture amongst the splendour of the Art Deco buildings. Around 30 cafes are within walking distance of the central city area, while Ahuriri, just over Bluff Hill, is home to a further cluster of upmarket establishments.

Napier Travel Guide
Napier Accommodation Guide
Napier Activities and Attractions 

Northern Hawke’s Bay
Northern Hawke’s Bay is a popular destination for outdoor adventure and wildlife and wilderness. Along with water based activities the rivers and coastline offer well recognized trout fishing and excellent seafood with whitebait spots, deep sea fishing, surfcasting and underwater fishing all available.

Wairoa is the main town of Northern Hawke’s Bay and is the gateway to Lake Waikaremoana, Mahia Peninsula and the wilderness of Te Urewera.  Wairoa in Maori means 'Long Water' and is located on the banks of the expansive Wairoa River, which provides an excellent and sheltered venue for water-skiing, jet boating and rowing. 

Central Hawke’s Bay
The towns and villages of Central Hawke’s Bay provide enchanting traces of early settlement to the region. The area has plenty of historic homesteads and stately gardens to wander through. Visits to historic homesteads, wild east coast beaches, bushwalks in the Kawaka and Ruahine Ranges and trout fishing are all exciting options for visitors.

Waipukurau is the rural service town for the district and just eight kilometres northeast is Waipawa, where the Waipawa and Tukituki Rivers meet renown for excellent trout fishing. From Waipukurau's airfield you can see gliders and hot air balloons soar skywards in the warm thermals and you can visit potters, the art village of Otane, painters, weavers and the centrally located Electra Art Gallery.

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Images (except wine spot image) courtesy of Hawke's Bay Incorporated