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
Free car hire
Designed to showcase the best of New Zealand's North Island, this self-drive brings begins with Auckland and the Bay of Islands before dipping south past Coromandel's golden beaches and volcanic Rotorua. Then, via lakeside Taupo and the vineyards of Hawke's Bay, you'll end with a stay in Wellington.
Free car hire
A tailor-made self-drive through much of the most spectacular scenery of the North and South Islands. Discover Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Abel Tasman and the glaciers and mountains of Franz Josef and Queenstown as you journey through this stunning country.
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.
Free car hire
Covering many of New Zealand's highlights, this luxury self-drive starts in Auckland in the North Island, New Zealand's City of Sails and ends in the South Island at the picturesque lakeside town of Queenstown in the heart of the Southern Alps.
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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