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Destinations - Hawke's Bay

NapierSitting on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, Hawke's Bay in a region best known for its wineries, gourmet food, wildlife, and of course, its beaches. Most accommodation in the area is located near towns such as Havelock North, Hastings and the art-deco-themed Napier. These towns provide perfect base camps to explore the bay and all of the attractions and sights it has to offer.

Enjoy Small-Town Living
Hawke's Bay features small, quaint towns that harken back to the country's farming and homestead roots. A combination of 21st-century living, the English countryside and rural New Zealand, the towns of Hastings and Havelock North offer all the best of small-town living.

Hastings Opera HouseHavelock North is known for its cafe culture and boutique shopping. Visitors can enjoy breakfast or lunch at a local eatery before strolling down the streets and browsing through the many small shops around town. Neighbouring Hastings has a little bit of a more modern feel. Its outdoor art exhibits and opera house make it the centre for culture in Hawke's Bay. The town is also home to a popular farmer's market, which feature regional produce along with some of the best wines in the region.

Sit Back and Sip the Wine
Mission Estate WineryHawke's Bay is home to 65 wineries, and wine tours are a major attraction here. Over 30 wineries are open for tours. In addition to wine tasting, many vineyards also have gourmet restaurants on site. Visitors can choose to partake in pre-arranged tours, or embark on their own adventure using a trail map. Mountain biking is a popular mode of transport between the area's vineyards and allows tourists to view the countryside.

Located in Hawke's Bay, Mission Estate Winery is the oldest in the country. The 160-year-old establishment offers free cellar tours and historic tours in addition to wine tasting and restaurant facilities. Wine enthusiasts may also choose to visit Church Road Winery, which is home to a fascinating Winery museum.

Cape Kidnappers with Golf course in foregroundExplore local Wildlife and the Scenery
While Hawke's Bay's towns enjoy a quaint, relaxed feel, the area's scenery is wild and untamed. Outdoor sports and sightseeing are just two more facets in this well-rounded region of New Zealand. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose to camp at a number of different locations including the Kaweka and Ruahine Conservation Parks which offer hundreds of kilometres of excellent hiking. For a glimpse of the wildlife, head to Cape Kidnappers, which is home to the largest gannet gathering in the country. In the water, the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve is open to diving and snorkelling, and the land surrounding it makes for a great day's walk. Adventure sport-lovers will not want to miss the opportunity to try out paragliding from Te Mata Peak, or go kayaking down the Tukituki River.

Hawke's Bay from balloonThose looking for a more relaxed adventure can go on a hot air balloon ride over the landscape, or play a game of golf in one, of over twenty, of the region's world-renowned courses. The region is also home to a number of easy, short hikes and mountain biking trails that will suit everyone in the family.

Getting Here
Flying to Napier Airport is the easiest and fastest way to get to Hawke's Bay. Flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch take about an hour, and car hire is available from the airport. Alternatively, visitors can drive or take a bus from Auckland to Napier or Hastings.

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