Hawkes Bay is the leading red wine producer in the country. This eclectic region features splendid mountain ranges, sparkling ocean and rivers.
From wine tastings to water parks, dolphin swims to jazz festivals the Hawkes Bay has it all. This beautiful regions has an array of activities, festivals and natural assets to please travellers of all ages.
Hawkes Bay, approximately 4 hours from Wellington City, is New Zealand's leading red wine producer. Located on the east coast, the region enjoys a warm, dry climate and over 2200 hours of sun every year. From towering mountain ranges, wide rivers and the beautiful Pacific Ocean - Hawkes Bay has it all.
Hawkes Bay offers visitors a diverse cultural scene from Maori New Year celebrations to elaborate architecture, art galleries to gourmet dining. There are a number of food and wine festivals held throughout the year including the Harvest Hawkes Bay celebration and the WETA Wine and Food festival.
The area also showcases a number of music festivals including the Mission Concert and the Church Road Jazz Concert. There are also several Art Deco weekends throughout the year featuring vintage cars, wining and dining and dancing.
There are a number of activities to enjoy while in Hawkes Bay. Why not bring out your inner child at the Splash Planet water park in Hastings or swim with dolphins at Marineland. Learn about the area at the Hawkes Bay Museum or satisfy your tastebuds at the Silky Oak Chocolate Factory and Museum. Get the kids ready and take them to the Napier Aquarium for day of fun.
Try your hand at trout fishing and enjoy a bush walk at Lake Waikaremoana. Explore one of the many wineries in the region for tasting's and gourmet cuisine on site. If retail therapy is your idea of the perfect day out you won't be disappointed in Hawkes Bay with a range of shops to suit all tastes and budget.
Explore the beautiful sights from the lush rainforests to the sparkling seas, rivers to the landscaped gardens. Enjoy fishing, hunting and tramping in the region or take a spin on one of the exciting 4WD tracks. Warm up at the Hot Springs or relax with a picnic lunch at one of the gardens or parks.
The Hawkes Bay region incorporates Napier, Hastings, Havelock North, Wairoa and Waipukurau. The twin cities, Napier and Hastings, are the main population centres in the area.
Main Towns in the Hawkes Bay Region
Other Towns in the Hawkes Bay Region