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.
4. Get up close to gannets at Cape Kidnappers
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.
5. Hike or bike up Te Mata Peak
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.
6. Attend the Food and Wine Classic event
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.
Consistently rated among the world's best international courses, this 18-hole course plays high above the ocean, perched on dramatic cliffs.
9. Immerse yourself in Māori cultural experiences
Learn more about Hawke's Bay's proud Māori heritage with passionate and knowledgeable guides from Napier 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.
10. 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.