Hawke’s Bay has been making wine for over 100 years, making it New Zealand’s oldest wine region. Over 80 per cent of the country’s plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes are grown here, earning the region an established reputation for producing high quality red wines.
Explore the world's largest mainland gannet colony on Cape Kidnappers. Travel by 4WD adventure tour, by tractor ride along the beach or for the more adventurous, track the tides and do it yourself.
The style known as Art Deco had its heyday between 1920 and 1940. A 7.8 Richter scale earthquake, and ensuing fires, destroyed most of central Napier in 1931. Within two years, the city was rebuilt, predominantly in Art Deco style, with Maori motifs and design elements incorporated.
From the world-class Cape Kidnappers Course, recently rated no.6 in the world outside the USA, to a choice of championship courses or the challenge of some spectacular rural courses, there is a course for every skill level.
Napier offers a sweet pace of life, superb specialty shopping, a rich and diverse mix of art, cultural and adventure activities and a variety of outdoor café experiences.
The Napier Municipal Theatre's unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skillful addition of modern theatre facilities, making it the best provincial performing arts centre in the nation.
Hastings District is the centre for all things wine and food. It covers a vast and scenic area boasting fabulous produce, traditional Farmers Markets and some of the New Zealand’s finest wineries.
Shop and dine in the chic village of Havelock North and the stunning Spanish Mission city of Hastings. The areas of Te Awanga, Haumoana and Clifton are well worth a day excursion as are the beautiful white sandy beaches of Waimarama and Ocean Beach.
Two lodges, The farm at Cape Kidnappers and Breckenridge lodge are a short (30 mins) drive from these two towns.