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 !

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