Explore wineries, sample locally-produced fare and marvel at the Art Deco architecture. Check out these top 10 things to do in Hawke's Bay.
When a devastating earthquake destroyed Napier in 1931, the city was rebuilt in the style of the times - Art Deco. Relive the opulent era of jazz, boaters and beads at the annual Art Deco Festival(opens in new window) or take a guided tour(opens in new window) of the spectacular architecture in a vintage car.
Hawke's Bay Trails combine more than 200 kilometres of tracks that are helpfully split into themes. Choose from the established wineries, landscapes or water trails or forge your own path. 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.
Sweeping views, dramatic cliffs, and Australasia's largest mainland gannet colony - a visit to the impressive sandstone headland and home to over 20,000 gannets with Gannet Safaris Overland tours(opens in new window) is not to be missed. The tour takes you along the cliff tops on Cape Kidnappers Station land, enjoy views of the Cape Kidnappers walking track below as you head out to the gannets. The walking track is accessible along the beach and only during low tide.
Note: It's also important to note that this area is prone to unpredictable landslides, so be sure to proceed with caution if you are planning on attempting this walk.
Admire the incredible 360-degree views of Hawke's Bay from the summit of Te Mata Peak. Walk through the majestic hundred-year-old giant redwoods and discover the deep cultural relevance of this special place. You can also bike or drive to the top and marvel at the views and the hang gliders soaring high above the majestic Heretaunga Plains.
Hawke's Bay Food and Wine Classic(opens in new window) (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.
Luxury rural retreats and boutique urban hotels are a regional specialty, offering premium accommodation and relaxation experiences. Get cosy by the fire at Craggy Range Lodge(opens in new window) or take in the rural views as you relax from your room at one of the properties of Black Barn Retreats(opens in new window).
Consistently rated among the world's best international courses, this 18-hole course plays high above the ocean, perched on dramatic cliffs.
Learn more about Hawke's Bay's proud Māori heritage with passionate and knowledgable guides from Napier Māori tours(opens in new window) and Waimārama Māori tours(opens in new window). Shared with small group experiences, the tours offer an intimate, intellectual and spiritual way to learn about the ways of Māori.
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.