Hawke's Bay Attractions

From sampling fine wines to gazing at historic architecture to exploring the great outdoors, Hawke's Bay has it all.

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Church Road Vineyard, Hawke's Bay

By Chris McLennan

A quality Red from Church Road Vineyard

If you are looking for things to do in Hawke's Bay make sure you don't miss these experiences.

Fine wines and tasty food

Hawke's Bay is home to New Zealand's oldest operating winery - viticulture pioneers were quick to recognise the region's huge potential. Today Hawke's Bay produces many of the country's most acclaimed wines.

  • Self-tour the region, guided by Hawke's Bay food and wine trail maps. Pick this up from one of the local Visitor Information Centres.
  • Discover over 30 wineries open for wine tasting. Many also offer alfresco and restaurant dining.
  • If you prefer not to drive, cycle from one winery to the next along one of the three Hawke's Bay Trails on a hired mountain bike.
  • Visit the traditional farmers market in Hastings, for the freshest produce and organic foods.
  • Try an orchard, farm, honey, cheese or chocolate tour.
  • Attend one of the great Food and Wine events held each year including the Hawke's Bay Food and Wine Classic (F.A.W.C).
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Napier's Art Deco Festival, New Zealand

By Discover the World

Enthusiasts celebrate the 1920s and 1930s at Napier's annual Art Deco Festival

History, architecture and natural disasters

Hawke's Bay has a rich history, interwoven with the dramatic consequences of natural disasters.

  • Tour the city of Napier with an Art Deco tour guide. Napier has one of the highest concentrations of Art Deco architecture anywhere in the world.
  • Join a tour aboard the Hawke’s Bay Express in Napier for a stylish and memorable experience.
  • Explore Hastings, the historic architecture has a Spanish Mission influence.
  • Visit New Zealand's oldest winery - Mission Estate Winery
  • Visit the Wine Museum at Church Road Winery. Over 100 years of wine making is documented here.
  • Find serenity in award-winning country gardens, complete with historic homesteads.
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Bird's eye view, Hawke's Bay

By Chris McLennan

The Hawke's Bay landscape is a mix of stunning mountains, pastoral plains and wild ocean beach.

Maori Culture

From the wilds of Te Urewera and Lake Waikaremoana to majestic Te Mata Peak, Hawke's Bay is steeped in Maori history and mythology.

  • Join an experienced tour guide who will bring to life the traditions and beliefs of the Maori through words, people and places.
  • Visit a coastal marae to experience a powhiri (Maori welcome) and learn about traditional hunting and gathering techniques.
  • Try the food of chiefs and join in a Hakari, a traditional feast that marks a special event and is still practiced on Marae throughout the country.
  • Spend a few hours at the Hawke's Bay Museum, which exhibits treasures from Nga Tukemata and Ngati Kahungunu.
  • Get off the beaten track and walk to the longest place name in the world: Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu.
  • Visit Maori artists at galleries and studios.
  • Paddle a genuine 4 tonne, 18 metre waka on the Clive River.
  • Enjoy the Matariki (Maori New Year) celebrations in June.
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Mohaka TeHoe Drop rapid, Hawke's Bay

By Mohaka Raftng

Enjoy the rush of whitewater rafting.


With mountains, sea coast and everything in between, Hawke's Bay is equipped to deliver an amazing assortment of outdoor adventures.

  • Paddle a kayak down the Mohaka or Tukituki River.
  • Rise early for a romantic hot air balloon safari over the plains.
  • Enjoy incredible views and a game of golf at Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui.
  • Experience awesome scenery, canyons, gorges and plenty of rapids on the Mohaka River.
  • Cycle one of the three stunning, flat and easy Hawke's Bay Cycle Trails. The Water Ride, Landscapes Ride and Wineries ride totals more than 180 kilometres'.
  • Fish one of the many unpopulated rivers full with Brown and Rainbow Trout.
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Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui, Hawke's Bay

By Chris McLennan

Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui is home to the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world.


Forest reserves and huge stretches of coastline invite you to spend some time with nature.

  • Visit Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui, home of the largest, most accessible mainland gannet (takapu) colony in the world.
  • Dive, snorkel or walk in the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve.
  • Hike the Kaweka and Ruahine Conservation Parks. There are huts for overnight stays.
  • Visit the hot pools in the Kaweka Ranges.
  • Camp at Lake Tutira and be awed by the mystical morning landscapes.
  • Enjoy an evening hike to Ball's Clearing to see New Zealand's largest population of native long tailed bats.
  • Visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand

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