Visit Hawke's Bay
The Hawke's Bay wine region extends along the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island with a mix of hilly coastal land and wide, fertile valleys further inland.
This topography mixed with long, hot summers and cool winters offer the perfect conditions for growing grapes and produce the region's distinct wines.
Hastings is the largest settlement of the Hawke's Bay area. Sheltered by mountains to the west that gently slope towards fertile plains, it is one of the sunniest areas in New Zealand.
There's plenty to do, including extensive wine tours and art trails. Like Napier, Hastings has a number of prominent art deco buildings, again a result of the 1931 earthquake. Westerman's Building and the city's clock tower are two good examples. The latter, built in 1935, has the original bells from the old 1909 clock tower that collapsed in the quake.
Nestled on the slopes of Te Mata Peak, among vineyards, orchards and farmland, Havelock North is a charming township with views of Hastings, Napier and many a mountain peak.
The surrounding wineries are a popular stop-off point, set in beautiful Te Mata Park. A track meanders up towards the summit of Te Mata Peak, which on a clear day provides stunning views of the Hawke's Bay region.
The area is also home to one of the southern hemisphere's largest honey-producing farms, Arataki Honey, which opened nearly eight decades ago. It's certainly worth picking up a bottle or two of restorative local wine and manuka honey before you leave the area.
Top itineraries in Hawke's Bay
With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.
Between stunning volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical beaches and world-class wineries, this fly-drive holiday showcases the best of New Zealand's North Island.
From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.
Top places to stay in Hawke's Bay
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is set amid 6,000 acres of rolling countryside in New Zealand's picturesque Hawke's Bay, one of the country's most important wine producing regions.
Set on a gentleman's farm, you’ll enjoy elevated views out over Hawke’s Bay and oh-so locally-sourced cuisine, complemented by pre-dinner drinks, canapés and a veritable cigar and whisky library.
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