By Graeme Murray
The Hawke's Bay region combines Art Deco with agriculture and vineyards galore. Centre your travels around Napier, Hastings or Havelock North.
Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference.
Bring your appetite to Hastings and relish the local food and wine opportunities. This major agricultural centre promises to excite your taste buds.
Havelock North is a pretty country town known for art, honey and friendly restaurants. Nearby Te Mata Peak delivers panoramic views of the region.
Enclosed by the pristine native forest of Te Urewera National Park, Lake Waikaremoana is one of the North Island's most beautiful wilderness escapes.
Te Awanga is a beachside settlement in sunny Hawke's Bay. It's handy to Cape Kidnappers, a popular spot for both golf lovers and bird watchers.
You'll find every kind of beach around the edges of Mahia Peninsula - sandy coves, rocky bays and long expanses of surf coast.
Wairoa is a friendly place to buy supplies before you venture into the wilds of Te Urewera National Park. You’ll love the wooden lighthouse.
If it’s a nice day as you’re driving through Waipukurau, check out the local airport. This is where gliders and hot air balloons come out to play.
A farmstay would be the best way to enjoy the rural environment around Waipawa. Or spend an afternoon flicking a fly rod into the Tukituki River.