HAWKES BAY REGION - NEW ZEALAND
The Hawke's Bay region encompasses the area around Hawke's Bay on the East Coast of the North Island . It is 332 kilometres (about four hours) north-east Wellington City.
Blessed with a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate, Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand 's warmest, driest regions.
The landscapes of Hawke's Bay begin with the high, forested Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges . From the mountains, the land steps down towards the coast, flattening out to become the Heretaunga Plains. A number of wide rivers run swiftly to meet the blue Pacific Ocean . The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the main population centres .
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NZstays - Hightlights of Hawkes Bay
Hawke`s Bay is loved for its sunny climate, fabulous beaches, sheltered coastal plains and long-established vineyards. It is also one of the country`s largest pip fruit growing areas.
Napier, the main city of the region, has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings in the world. It was razed by earthquake and fire in 1931, and rebuilt in the art deco style which was fashionable at the time. The Art Deco Walk is a permanent attraction, and each February there is the Brebner Print Art Deco Weekend, a not-too-serious celebration of the art deco style.
The Hawke`s Bay vineyards are all within a short distance of Napier and Hastings, the other city in the region. More than 30 vineyards are open to the public for wine tasting. Many also operate cafes and restaurants in both indoor and outdoor settings. The region is especially known for its fine Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.
Another unique attraction is the gannet colony on the very tip of Cape Kidnappers —believed to be one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world. Gannets are large sea birds with long, pointed wings and golden-yellow heads. Most spectacular is their method of fishing, when whole flocks suddenly dive straight into the sea from a great height, at speeds of up to 145 kilometres per hour.
You can also find plenty of adventure in Hawke`s Bay—rafting on the Mohaka River , horse trekking, hunting and trout fishing.
NZstays - Main Centres in Hawkes Bay
- Napier - the Art Deco city
- Hastings - an ideal base to explore and enjoy the bay`s wine country attractions
- Wairoa - centre of the vast Northern Hawke`s Bay
- Waipukurau - scenic Southern Hawke `s Bay countryside
NZstays - Hawkes Bay Region
The Art Deco city of Napier is a place to appreciate 1930s architecture and wonderful wine. Tour the vineyards and stroll around the unique buildings.
Bring your appetite to Hastings and relish the local food and wine opportunities. This major agricultural centre will soon have you vitamin-enriched.
Havelock North is a pretty country town known for art, honey and friendly restaurants. Nearby, Te Mata Peak delivers spectacular views of the region.
A farmstay would be the best way to enjoy the rural environment around Waipawa. Or spend an afternoon flicking a fly rod into the Tukituki River.
If it’s a nice day as you’re driving through Waipukurau, check out the local airport. This is where gliders and hot air balloons come out to play.