Why you should visit Hawkes Bay and Napier
- Explore the Art Deco city of Napier by classic car or traditional tram
- Visit a colony of 15,000 gannets against a dramatic coastal backdrop
- Sample world-class wines and a host of epicurean delights
- Spend time with a Maori elder learning about their legends and mythology
A little more about Hawkes Bay and Napier
Located on the southeastern coast of the North Island, Hawke's Bay and the surrounding area is known for its acclaimed wines, artisan gourmet foods and glorious beaches. It is New Zealand's leading producer of red wines, has the greatest concentration of Art Deco architecture and hosts the country's most elaborate celebrations of Matariki - the Maori New Year.
Landscapes of the region meander from the high, forested Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges before descending towards the coast and flattening into the Heretaunga Plains. Several wide rivers run through the scenery to meet with the Pacific Ocean.
The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the largest centres in the area with Napier renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Nearby is the pretty town of Havelock North, known for its arts community and Te Mata peak which offers wonderful panoramic views of the region.
Blessed with a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate, Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's warmest, driest regions and is also an excellent spot for cycling and golf enthusiasts.