Stretching 3km of Napier coastline, Marine Parade is the best place to take in the sea views with a walk or bike ride along the promenade. Stop for a bite to eat in one of many cafes and bars that line the walkway, or call into MTG Hawke’s Bay(opens in new window), a museum, theatre and gallery in one.
Taste artisan fare
Visit a local farmers' market(opens in new window) and stroll among the stalls of fresh fruit, vegetables, artisan bread, cheese and meats, before finding a shady spot to picnic. You'll also find seasonal produce for sale by the roadside, often just with an honesty box for payment.
With sweeping views, dramatic cliffs and Australasia's largest mainland gannet colony, it's little wonder Cape Kidnappers is so popular with visitors and locals alike. Visit the impressive sandstone headland on foot, on a tractor trailer or paddle there by kayak.
Hike or bike up Te Mata Peak
At nearly 400 metres above sea level, you are guaranteed panaromic views from the summit of Te Mata Peak. Hike, bike or drive to the top and marvel at the hang gliders soaring high above the majestic Heretaunga Plains.
Attend the Food and Wine Classic
Hawke's Bay Food and Wine Class (F.A.W.C) is a highlight in the Hawke's Bay calendar. Taking place twice a year, restaurants, cafes and pop-up venues get in on the action, promising delicious food, award-winning wine and great entertainment.
Explore the cycle trails
Hawke's Bay Trails combine more than 200km of tracks that are helpfully split into themes (water, landscapes and wineries). You can visit all of Hawke's Bay's attractions by bike - cycle by the seaside, venture to the vineyards or explore the countryside. With flat, easy trails for all levels, it's the best way to experience the stunning region.