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Hawke's Bay

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Hawkes Bay
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The Hawkes Bay is located on the east coast of the North Island. With over 2200 hours of sunshine the Hawkes Bay has the ideal conditions to produce world class food and wines. The Hawkes Bay is New Zealand's leading producer of red wines, and second largest wine region. The Hawkes Bay is also know for it Art Deco architecture, especially around Napier.

The landscapes of Hawkes’s Bay varies greatly, with the region sweeping from the mountains down to the coast. The Hawkes Bay has several rivers which provide excellent fishing, stunning beaches, and the rich Heretaunga Plains.

Hawkes Bay has a wide range of attractions and activities to do. The Splash Planet water theme park, and the National Aquarium of New Zealand are popular with families. Many visitors come to the Hawkes Bay to relax and indulge in the region's food and wine. For those looking for a more energetic time, the list of activities on offer is endless; swimming, sailing, fishing, white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and golf.

Napier city is the main centre of the Hawkes Bay, Hastings, and Havelock North are also important town in the region. There is a broad range of accommodation in the Hawkes Bay, as well as attractions and activities, places to eat, and entertainment for all ages.

How to Reach


Hawkes Bay airport has regular scheduled flights to Auckland and Wellington, and other main centres. Hawkes Bay Airport is a short drive from Napier or Hastings.


Several companies offer a range of scheduled services to Napier / Hastings from Auckland, Gisborne, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Taupo and Wellington.

Key places to visit
Marine Parade, Art Deco Walk, Bluff Hill, Nocturnal Wildlife Centre, Hawke's Bay Art Gallery and Museum


Places to Visit

Marine Parade

Marine Parade, the town's finest promenade, runs along the seafront. It is lined with Norfolk pines and is most attractive in the morning sun. It has all the attractions and entertainments of a popular tourist resort.

The busy Marine Parade is just off the town center. The visitor center provides information about Napier and the surrounding area. Well-tended gardens, including the impressive Sunken Gardens, mini-golf and a roller-blading rink provide entertainment for young and old. In the Mediterranean-style colonnade with a roofed concert platform is the ship's bell of HMS Veronica, which was the first source of help after the 1931 earthquake.

Art Deco Walk

After the earthquake in 1931 the town was rapidly rebuilt, largely in the art-deco and Spanish-mission styles then in fashion in the United States. The result was a unique assemblage of buildings in these styles (now protected as national monuments), comparable only with the Art Deco District of Miami. The Napier architect Louis Hay, who played a major part in the rebuilding of the town, was strongly influenced by the American architects Henry H Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. Among the first buildings erected after the earthquake were the Masonic Hall (1932 by WJ Prouse of Wellington) and the Criterion Hotel (by EA Williams).

Bluff Hill

To the north of the town center is Bluff Hill, on which are the Centennial Gardens and Bluff Hill Domain. From Bluff Hill Lookout (reached by way of Lighthouse Road) there are magnificent views; in good weather the prospect extends as far as the Mahia Peninsula to the northeast and Cape Kidnappers to the southeast.

Nocturnal Wildlife Centre

The Nocturnal Wildlife Centre maintains a variety of New Zealand animals that are active at night. In the Kiwi House visitors can see New Zealand's national bird, which is an endangered species.

Hawke's Bay Art Gallery and Museum

The Hawke's Art Gallery Bay and Museum has a rich collection reflecting the culture and art on the east side of the North Island. Much space is also devoted to contemporary art. Particularly interesting is the audio-visual material on the earthquake and the subsequent rebuilding of the town, with many photographs and eyewitness accounts.

Right Time to Visit

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January - February -> (°C) - Summer
June - July -> (°C) - Winter


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