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.