From Taupō, it’s two hours to Napier, the heart of the Hawke’s Bay region.
The city is famous for its beautiful 1930s art deco architecture, the result of a rebuild following a devastating earthquake in 1931.
Take a guided walk(opens in new window), learn more about the city’s history at MTG Hawke’s Bay(opens in new window) museum and browse the galleries and vintage shops.
Hawke’s Bay is known as “food and wine country”, and a wine tour is the easiest way to get around the vineyards and sample world-famous wines. Or, if boutique distilleries and craft breweries are more your thing, there’s Hastings Distillers, The National Distillery Company and Brave Brewing.
Don’t miss the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market on Sundays, where locals go for coffee and fresh produce. For spectacular views, you can drive or walk to the top of Te Mata Peak, while nature-lovers won’t want to miss the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.