Visitor Info » Hawke's Bay
The Hawke's Bay region encompasses the area around Hawke Bay on the East Coast of the North Island. It is 332 kilometres (about four hours) north-east Wellington City.
Blessed with a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate, Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's warmest, driest regions.
The landscapes of Hawke's Bay begin with the high, forested Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges. From the mountains, the land steps down towards the coast, flattening out to become the Heretaunga Plains. A number of wide rivers run swiftly to meet the blue Pacific Ocean.
Hawke's Bay is loved for its sunny climate, fabulous beaches, sheltered coastal plains and long-established vineyards. It is also one of the country's largest pip fruit growing areas.
The Hawke's Bay vineyards are all within a short distance of Napier and Hastings. More than 30 vineyards are open to the public for wine tasting. Many also operate cafes and restaurants in both indoor and outdoor settings. The region is especially known for its fine Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.
Another unique attraction is the gannet colony on the very tip of Cape Kidnappers-believed to be one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world. Gannets are large sea birds with long, pointed wings and golden-yellow heads.
You can also find plenty of adventure in Hawke's Bay-rafting on the Mohaka River, horse trekking, hunting, trout fishing, experience hot air ballooning at sunrise, paraglide off Te Mata Peak, hike or take a leisurely journey along one of the 17 heritage trails around the region.
Hawke's Bay also has what is believed to be the longest place name in the world: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipuka- kapimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuaakitanarahu. It means 'place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played his flute to his loved one'. This name is usually shortened to Taumata.
Main Centres in Hawke's Bay
Located on Marine Parade, Napier, is the Bay Skate Park - home to skateboarding, BMX, roller derby, inline hockey and scootering.
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Located in the Art Deco city of Napier. We have worked closely with our builders to promote and develop high quality housing within an open-aspect environment.
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strive to Inspire, Educate and Entertain by providing access to information through various resources within our Libraries. We aim to provide more than you expect.
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Come to Par2 MiniGolf and meet Seamore the Seagull at our sea-side minigolf courses. Challenge your friends and family for a round.
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We offer an all purpose built venue that uniquely combines spectacular outlooks with functional layout.
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We are Hawkes Bay's premier holiday accommodation park providing an array of facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
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Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
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Comprising a Museum, Theatre and Gallery - MTG is home to a significant collection of objects that form the foundation of distinctive exhibitions, a world-class research facility and the MTG Theatre.
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Unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skilful addition of modern theatre facilities making it the best provincial performing arts centre in the nation.
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Build on the blossoming national and international interest in William Colenso's life and ideas as the result of the William Colenso Bicentenary Celebrations in Hawke's Bay in 2011, and a body of new publications and research.
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Situated in the centre of Napier, in the middle of Onekawa Park, the Napier Aquatic Centre is a safe and affordable aquatic facility for everyone.
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For Napier City residents and citizens to have easy access to see what council are currently working on, completed, what they do, facilities, and council information.
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The Faraday Centre in Napier, is Hawke's Bay's Museum of Technology. It's a place of discovery where history comes alive through hands on experience.
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