hawkes bay

Hawkes Bay

Located on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay is made up of several areas, each with their own diverse and interesting traits.

Napier, the city by the sea, is renowned for its 1930's Art Deco architecture.   Razed by earthquake and fire in 1931, it was rebuilt in the art deco style fashionable at the time.

Boasting a near Mediterranean climate with over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year, this popular year-round destination has a vibrant cafe culture.   The city's inconic Marine Parade overlooks the Pacific Ocean and out towards Cape Kidnappers, home to the World's largest mainland gannet colony.   Hastings is slightly further south along the bay and the long hot Summers and mild Winters of this district provide the perfect stimulant for a wide variety of delicious fresh produce.   Orchards are abundant in this region and the climate is also perfect for grape growing where Hawke's Bay is recognised on the World stage for its award-winning wines.

The local wine industry continues to grow and each February the region celebrates with Harvest Hawke's bay, a celebration of winemaking in the area.   Havelock North is the starting point for a number of experiences, including driving, hiking or biking to the top of Te Mata Peak (400m), wine tours and excursions to Waimarama or Ocean Beaches.

The Art Deco architecture of Napier deserves special attention and has been kept impeccably maintained to this day.   Enjoy a walking tour around the key attractions followed by a locally roasted cup of coffee on Marine Parade taking in a view of the sea.

The region's farmers markets bring the locally grown plentiful produce to one convenient place - you can indulge in artisan gourmet food.

The terrain is flat for easy riding.   Spend the day taking inn the vieyards by bike, ride past olive groves, vineyards and orchards or stop to try the assortment of produce on offer.

During the Summer months take an enjoyable scenic walk or trip along the remote coastline of Cape Kidnappers.   Stop off at a local vineyard for a delicious lunch followed by a viewing of the Gannet Colony.   This is the World's largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony where you can get within a few feet of the birds.   All this under the towering cliffs of the Cape.

Take time out for a round of golf - is there a more dramatic cliffside course anywhere in the World ?

Hawke's Bay is home to some wonderful gardens so take a tour of some of the local highlights.   The micro climate in the region results in a wide range of plantings and you get to discover your own hidden away garden oasis.

Catch a local trout from the great fishing waters of the Tukituki River.   A local guide with a wealth of experience and knowledge will know just where the big one is hiding !

Enquire now

Thanks to laterallife NZ for making our Anniversary holiday to Fiji such a joy and, mostly, for taking all the stress and hassle out of the pre-trip planning. Every thought and detail had been anticipated and we felt like VIP guests everywhere we went. Everything went without a hitch, such a joy when you meet a true professional in their field. Thank you laterallife NZ !

-Russell Kroon - Director, Mining. Queensland, Australia.

View all testimonials

I just wanted to say a massive Thank You to laterallife NZ for organising our trip to the Pacific Islands. It was in the fine detail that laterallife excelled and the outcome was beyond anything we have ever experienced. We have had many trips to Fiji and the islands both for business and for pleasure but I can genuinely say that nothing has come even close to this experience. It was a unique, special, touching and luxurious in an understated way - simply idyllic. Well done to your team and I cannot recommend laterallife NZ more highly.

-Maryann Russell - Senior Manager. Gold Coast, Australia.

View all testimonials


Keep updated with the latest news by signing up to our email newsletter.


Send Page To Friend

All Fields Are Mandatory

Send Close

share with friend

like share tweet friend

laterallife NZ updates

  • Auckland 2021 - where would you rather be ?! fb.me/76VFtZEyq
  • So much fun to be had at the Big Lake, what to do first ? fb.me/CXo7gZaB
  • It’s all right here. fb.me/1Hlc5Iyxs
  • If you LOVE GOLF (and stunning landscape, the finest food and wine, luxury lodges and hearing native birds... fb.me/91neTwAVu
  • How many have YOU done ? fb.me/96tz7Odsl
  • want to “feel 20years younger” ? In New Zealand, we can do that too. fb.me/1Iu6UTUf4
  • "....the locals had other ideas for us". Let us connect you with real New Zealand, it's the locals that make the... fb.me/6OWDLFL9i
  • It's often called the 8th Wonder of the World. But no words can do justice to it's majestic beauty, you simply... fb.me/3dWxngryN
  • When you're dropping the Kaituna Falls with Rotorua Rafting, you're in the hands of the very best - here's Sam... fb.me/7jBRNaFCJ
  • Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light & Shadow - a stunning new exhibition of Maori art at Te Papa National... fb.me/1hn6bWlll
  • Ice + Motor = FUN !!! Lateral can put you behind the wheel. fb.me/4hos7NTwi
  • National Geographic rate the TranzAlpine in the 10 Most Scenic train journeys in the World...."in just five hours... fb.me/yPzZ1NN6
  • You're looking for paradise ? why wait, its right here. fb.me/41BcCkfKY
  • Why are you waiting, paradise is right here. fb.me/2kBlmeTuu
  • is it our favourite destination in the Sth Pacific ? it could be yours, let us help you find out. fb.me/9eV8D6Mvj
  • We love to help Kiwis get off to the best start when they leave NZ on their O.E. fb.me/LxhUKLGG
  • What a fantastic Winter Games 2017 in Queenstown and Wanaka, the event and quality of competitors gets better... fb.me/wHj7z3iS
  • Nowhere does 5 star luxury like New Zealand. But 'luxury' doesn't always have to mean 24-hour room service,... fb.me/1bA2eh27Q
  • aaaah, the last few days of Winter. Which means Spring 🌷 then SUMMER 🌞 the best time to book your dream... fb.me/34FAmnSfB
  • The ski season in New Zealand is oh so SWEET ! come see for yourself. fb.me/uDkV46De

contact details

Laterallife NZ
130 St Georges Bay Rd
Auckland 1052

 +64 9 638 4346