Festivals & Lifestyle

Find out what festivals & lifestyle events are coming to Napier, Hawke's Bay.

Adult Winter Reading Challenge

Adult Winter Reading Challenge. Sunday 19th August 2018
Complete one or more of the 12 challenges we have lined up for you, and be in to win! Every time you complete a challenge, record it using our online reporting form or check in with one of our friendly librarians. The more challenges you complete, the more chances you have to win a prize! But even...

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Truffle Hunt and Truffle Lunch

Truffle Hunt and Truffle Lunch. Sunday 19th August 2018
Love Black Truffles as much as we do? We are fortunate to have found these beauties in Hawke’s Bay. Join us for an exclusive Truffle Hunt and have a taste of these delicious underground treats. Fresh Truffles are only in season during June, July and August so use this opportunity to treat...

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Hawke's Bay Fabric Hoarders Social Sewing

Hawke's Bay Fabric Hoarders Social Sewing. Sunday 19th August 2018
This is a group for sewers, dressmakers, quilters and fabricaholics. We love beautiful fabric and making things out of it for ourselves, our friends and our families. We'd like to inspire and be inspired by others who share our passion, find out about fabric-related activities and sew together...

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Hastings Library Preschool Storytime

Hastings Library Preschool Storytime. Sunday 19th August 2018
Join us on Sundays at 2pm for a fun storytime and craft session in the Children's Area at Hastings Library. All are welcome for stories and fun! Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please note these sessions are only during school terms. We may take photographs or video recordings...

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Coffee With a Cop

Coffee With a Cop. Tuesday 21st August 2018
A member of the NZ Police will be at available at Havelock North Library. They'll be available to answer any Police related query you might have, so come in and have a chat over a cuppa!

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Hastings Teen Book Club

Hastings Teen Book Club. Tuesday 21st August 2018
(Term time only). Ages 12+ are welcome. Join us for library fun and friendship in the Sir James Wattie Memorial Room upstairs. Snacks and drinks are provided! For more information contact: Hastings Library - Phone. 06 871 5000 or email - libraries@hdc.govt.nz We may take photographs or video...

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Wine Books and More

Wine Books and More. Tuesday 21st August 2018
Join us at Hastings War Memorial Library for Wine, Books and More on the third Tuesday of every month. This is a book club with a difference: no need to read a set book, just come along ready to discuss books we've read and liked, or otherwise! Drinks and snacks are provided. We may take...

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Hastings U3A Mah Jong Group

Hastings U3A Mah Jong Group. Wednesday 22nd August 2018
U3A Mah Jong Group meets on Wednesday mornings in the Hastings War Memorial Library. For more information please contact U3A Hastings. We may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in Council promotional material.

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Hastings Knitting (And Crochet) Group

Hastings Knitting (And Crochet) Group. Wednesday 22nd August 2018
The Hastings Knitting and Crochet Group meets every Wednesday in the Hastings Library, upstairs in the Activities area. All skill levels are welcome. We may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in Council promotional material.

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Cuppa With a Cop

Cuppa With a Cop. Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Napier Libraries are proud to be partnering with New Zealand Police to host ‘Cuppa with a Cop’. Stop by Napier or Taradale library and get to know your local police officers. This is an opportunity for you to have an informal and confidential chat in the relaxing atmosphere of our libraries....

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime. Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Join us on Wednesdays at 10:30am for a fun storytime and craft session in the Children's Area at Hastings Library. All are welcome for stories and fun! Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please note these sessions are only during school terms. We may take photographs or video...

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Havelock North Preschool Storytime

Havelock North Preschool Storytime. Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Join us on Wednesdays for a fun storytime and craft session in the Children's Area at Havelock North Library. All are welcome for stories and fun! Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please note these sessions are only during school terms. We may take photographs or video recordings...

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Hawkes Bay Con 2018

Hawkes Bay Con 2018. Saturday 25th August 2018
The board games are coming back to Hawke's Bay in the last weekend of August! Our goal is to encourage people of all ages and skill levels to come and enjoy a wide range of board games - Mars colonization, space cowboys, trading, social deception, puzzle solving, and war gaming - we've got it...

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Truffle Hunt

Truffle Hunt. Saturday 25th August 2018
You can take part in an exciting and unusual event in Hawkes Bay. An outing in the country searching for the elusive truffle. These exclusive hunts are a must do for foodies. Numbers are strictly limited so book now to truly experience one of the world’s most exclusive food journeys. The season...

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An Evening with Millton Wines - Bistronomy Winemaker Series

An Evening with Millton Wines - Bistronomy Winemaker Series. Sunday 26th August 2018
Enjoy an exclusive evening with James Beck and iconic wine maker James Millton showcasing what makes the East coast of New Zealand so special as a wine and food destination. Be part of a five course exploration of the symbiosis of food and wine, with a personal explanation from the Restaurateur and...

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Cuppa With a Cop

Cuppa With a Cop. Wednesday 29th August 2018
Napier Libraries are proud to be partnering with New Zealand Police to host ‘Cuppa with a Cop’. Stop by Napier or Taradale library and get to know your local police officers. This is an opportunity for you to have an informal and confidential chat in the relaxing atmosphere of our libraries....

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Newcomers Lunch Group

Newcomers Lunch Group. Wednesday 29th August 2018
Fortnightly lunch group meets to welcome new and not so new International and National persons who have moved to Hawke's Bay and are looking to make new friends or just have someone to talk to for an hour or so. We have lots of useful information to share about the area, how to settle in, etc.,...

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New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF)

New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF). Thursday 30th August 2018
The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) is a celebration of film on the finest screens in New Zealand. The event is the cultural highlight of winter in 13 towns and cities around the country, making a great occasion out of movie-going by presenting the latest and best films from around...

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The Rescued Plate

The Rescued Plate. Thursday 30th August 2018
Rally the support of your family and friends to help you raise money for Nourished for Nil as you do it. Come and hear how we are changing the future of food waste in Hawke's Bay. Enjoy the tasty creations from Chef Pete Hallgarth, Clearview Estate, using exclusively products donated to our...

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Piece-Makers Market

Piece-Makers Market. Saturday 1st September 2018
The Piece-Makers markets are a fabulous experience for discerning shoppers, showcasing wares from a growing number of hand-picked stall holders from around Hawke's Bay and New Zealand. You will find us at Hawthorne Coffee Roasters in Havelock North. Our stall-holders vary each month and are...

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Taniwha Daffodils

Taniwha Daffodils. Saturday 1st September 2018
The Taniwha Daffodil Display is an iconic feature of Spring in Central Hawke’s Bay. Open every day of September between 9 am – 5 pm, simply drive through the gates, collect a bucket and then wander the 20 acres of trees, ponds and of course daffodils. It’s a great day for kids, families and...

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CF Casino Night - 5th Anniversary

CF Casino Night - 5th Anniversary. Saturday 1st September 2018
The 2018 Cystic Fibrosis Casino Night is on. We'll be offering up the best gambling establishment in town with the friendliest dealers around. We will turn the venue into a place to eat, drink and gamble. Tickets for this event are limited so tell your friends and please buy early. We’re back...

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Gentleman's High Tea

Gentleman's High Tea. Sunday 2nd September 2018
Join Mangapapa Hotel in partnership with Giant brewery for a Gentleman's tea. Treat your dad this father's day to high tea done with a twist. Think mini skirt steak slider with chimi churri sauce, pork belly sandwiches and plenty more all washed down with a Giant beer. Ticket includes...

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Forage with Peter Langlands

Forage with Peter Langlands. Monday 3rd September 2018
Learn all about foraging options in and around Napier and in the Hawkes Bay with professional forager, Peter Langlands. In association with Napier’s Better Fishing and Bistronomy A full day from 9am to 3.30pm with a lunch prepared using foraged ingredients. Learn to identify 50-75 forageable...

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Bakers Club

Bakers Club. Tuesday 4th September 2018
Join us at Hastings War Memorial Library on the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30am to 11:30am to share your baking experiences and recipes. All welcome. Attendees should bring a sample of their baking. We may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be...

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Central Hawke's Bay - The Festival

Central Hawke's Bay - The Festival. Thursday 6th September 2018
The Festival is a celebration of Art, Wine and Food on the spectacular hilltop venue of Pukeora Estate – overlooking beautiful Central Hawke’s Bay. With over 100 stalls exhibiting – there is something for everyone! The Festival runs from Thursday September 6th to Sunday September 9th, 2018...

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Young At Heart

Young At Heart. Thursday 6th September 2018
A club at Havelock North Library for older adults, with monthly activities and presenting new books. We may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in Council promotional material.

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A Horizontal & Vertical Tasting

A Horizontal & Vertical Tasting. Friday 7th September 2018
On the first Friday of (almost) every month I will host a Cheese Tasting to introduce you to artisan cheeses from near and far. This event is all about comparing the same cheeses at different stages of it's life (a horizontal tasting) and different cheeses at the same ages (a vertical tasting) all...

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Alpha Domus Cork talk with Barry Riwai

Alpha Domus Cork talk with Barry Riwai. Sunday 9th September 2018
Join our resident self professed 'cork dork' Bethany Jeffries for a relaxed afternoon of conversation and a fun tasting exploration of Alpha Domus Wines with winemaker Barry Riwai. Accompanied by some tasty bits from the Bistronomy Kitchen.

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Hawke's Bay Home & Garden Show

Hawke's Bay Home & Garden Show. Friday 14th September 2018
It’s all about ideas at the Hawke's Bay Home & Garden Show. With over 200 exhibitors, latest trends, innovations, expert advice, and exclusive show specials it’s the place to be for inspiration for indoors and out. There's fun for the whole family with Resene's Paint-a-Home. Plus, enter...

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The Long Lunch

The Long Lunch. Saturday 15th September 2018
We’ve got your Saturday afternoon plans sorted with a delectable five course long lunch at the River Park Events Centre on Saturday 15th September. Not just your run-of-the-mill lunch, you will be tasting mouth-watering venison, smoked eel and pork among other sensational dishes. Listen to...

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Marae Overnight Experience

Marae Overnight Experience. Saturday 15th September 2018
Take up this wonderful opportunity and experience a Marae overnight stay at the beautiful Rongomaraeroa Marae, Porangahau. You will experience traditional Maori manaakitanga at its best and sleep in an ancestral house which has stood for over 100 years. Local hapu will share traditional stories of...

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Hatuma Lime Half Marathon

Hatuma Lime Half Marathon. Sunday 16th September 2018
The Hatuma Lime Half Marathon which enjoys a scenic country backdrop has been running for over 30 years and has become a highlight in the Central Hawke’s Bay calendar. The picturesque 21.1km course takes in the entire circumference of Lake Hatuma with the start and finish at the Waipukurau...

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Puahanui Bush Annual Ivy Pulling

Puahanui Bush Annual Ivy Pulling. Sunday 16th September 2018
Join local landowners, The Conservation Company and the Department of Conservation for the 9th annual Ivy Pulling Day at Puahanui Bush, Tikokino. Puahanui Bush is Hawke's Bay's largest lowland podocarp forest remnant, home to trees such as rimu, totara and mataī. Help the survival of this...

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Toyota Kiwi Guardian - Make a Tracking Tunnel

Toyota Kiwi Guardian - Make a Tracking Tunnel. Sunday 16th September 2018
Kids – For Conservation Week 2018, become a Pest Detective by making your own tracking tunnel to take home then go on an epic Kiwi Guardian Adventure to find the hidden code word hidden in White Pine Bush. Go online after the event and claim your Toyota Kiwi Guardian Action and Adventure...

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An Evening with Tim Turvey - Bistronomy Winemaker Series

An Evening with Tim Turvey - Bistronomy Winemaker Series. Sunday 16th September 2018
Join local legend Tim Turvey of Clearview Estate and chef James Beck as they team up for their first ever collaboration. Enjoy an evening of stories and fun as well as delicious food and wine. James will match 5 courses to 5 of Tims specially chosen wines to create an evening to remember Be part...

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Stop and Shop

Stop and Shop. Thursday 20th September 2018
Shops in Waipukurau will be celebrating Spring in the best way - with a one-off late-night opening on Thursday 20 September from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Head down to your favourite stores to enjoy this unique shopping opportunity. There will be new product launches, presentations, guest speakers, and...

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Hawkes Bay Free Yoga Day

Hawkes Bay Free Yoga Day. Saturday 22nd September 2018
The first free Yoga Day held in Sunny Hawke's Bay. Join us for a whole day of practice, offered for free! A great variety of teachers, styles, offerings and venues coming together to bring to the community a way of deepening the understanding of what Yoga is. There will be classes for all...

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Gwavas Garden, House & Puahanui Bush Tour

Gwavas Garden, House & Puahanui Bush Tour. Saturday 22nd September 2018
Gwavas Garden and Homestead will once again open their private Puahanui Bush for visitors on four very special dates across September & October. This incredible 132 hectares of virgin bush is home to Totara known to be at least 600, possibly 800 years old. Not usually open to the public the...

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A'Deanes Bush Spring Planting & Maintenance Day 2018

A'Deanes Bush Spring Planting & Maintenance Day 2018. Sunday 23rd September 2018
Bring your friends and whanau for this fun Community Spring Planting and Maintenance Day at A’Deanes Bush Scenic Reserve, Makaretu Road, Central Hawke’s Bay. Join the Friends of A’Deane’s Bush, The Conservation Company and the Department of Conservation for this event and help the...

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Havelock North Volunteer Fire Brigade Fundraising Fair

Sunday 23rd September 2018
A large community fundraiser for the weekend of 21-23 September to raise funds for a new training facility for the Havelock North Volunteer Fire Brigade. Themed 'Paint the Town Red' we invite the Hawke's Bay Community as a whole to join us on Sunday 23rd September on the Village Green from...

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CHB Wedding Expo

CHB Wedding Expo. Sunday 23rd September 2018
Planning a wedding? Considering tying the knot in Central Hawke’s Bay? Gather together with your nearest and dearest and enjoy a day of wedding-planning bliss at Central Hawke’s Bay’s first ever wedding expo at the spectacular River Park Event Centre. Enjoy culinary treats, fabulous local...

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Great Kererū Count - Kiwi Conservation Club

Great Kererū Count - Kiwi Conservation Club. Sunday 23rd September 2018
The Hastings/Havelock North Branch of the Kiwi Conservation Club, Hakuturi Toa (KCC) are calling on all kids to help them on the Great Kererū Count at Mohi Bush Scenic Reserve, Maraetotara on Sunday 23 September. This fun event is part of Conservation Week 2018 and involves counting kererū, or...

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Paradise Found: A Celebration of Organics in Hawke's Bay

Paradise Found: A Celebration of Organics in Hawke's Bay. Sunday 23rd September 2018
An evening of organic wine and food. Bistronomy is shining a spotlight on the Hawke's Bay region, revealing the bounty of their local produce across a six-course degustation meal. Local organic wine producers Stonecroft Wines, Supernatural Wine Co. and Villa Maria Estate will complete the...

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Casino Night Fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Hawke's Bay

Casino Night Fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Hawke's Bay. Saturday 29th September 2018
Get your tickets to this fun night out in support of Muscular Dystrophy Hawke's Bay. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the fun and excitement of a real Casino with Las Vegas Entertainment. The evening will kick off at 6.30pm with Casino games and Raffles. A light supper will be served at...

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Old English Garden Party

Old English Garden Party. Sunday 30th September 2018
Step back in time and enjoy an old English Garden Party set at the beautiful Chapelwick Coastal Estate, Proangahau. Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles or nonalcoholic drink upon arrival then play croquet, petanque, tennis or take tours of the house and gardens. High Tea which is included in...

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School Holiday Workshops

School Holiday Workshops. Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Book in your kids these school holidays, for a fun workshop inspired by the current exhibitions. Suitable for 6 – 12 year olds. Call the gallery to book (06) 871 5095 or email: hastingsartgallery@hdc.govt.nz.

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Unexpected Bedfellows

Unexpected Bedfellows. Friday 5th October 2018
On the first Friday of (almost) every month I will host a Cheese Tasting to introduce you to artisan cheeses from near and far.This is one of my favourite tastings where I get to talk about my favourite subject, cheese and pair them with some more unusual partners including beer, cider, sloe gin...

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Avante Garde'n Cocktail and Creation Evening

Avante Garde'n Cocktail and Creation Evening. Friday 5th October 2018
The weekend-long celebration starts on Friday with the inaugural Avante Garde’n Cocktail and Creation Evening – a cocktail party and fashion show that exhibits the very best of spring. Each garment being showcased has been carefully designed and crafted by the participants, who will be vying...

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Spring Floral Extravaganza

Spring Floral Extravaganza. Saturday 6th October 2018
This weekend heralds the best floral art designs, local floral artists will be creating magic and turning the theatre into a riot of colour. Not only will these eye-catching designs appeal to the stylish, bold and blushing, they also embody all that is spring. Enjoy the ambience with a Devonshire...

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Onga-Tiko Children's Hunting Competition

Onga-Tiko Children's Hunting Competition. Saturday 6th October 2018
Get the kids into The Onga-Tiko Hunting & Fishing Clubs Children's Hunting competition these school holidays. The hunt will open from 5pm Friday 5th October and all animals must be transported to The Tikokino Country Hotel and weighed in at 12pm on Sunday 7th October. Categories for this...

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Summer Opening, A Celebration of Our Wines

Summer Opening, A Celebration of Our Wines. Saturday 6th October 2018
Come and celebrate the opening of Lime Rock Wines Cellar Door for 2018! Call in anytime and taste the distinctive Lime Rock wines, nurtured on the sunny limestone hills of Central Hawke’s Bay. As well as the informal tasting of all wines, we will start the vertical tastings on the hour. Also,...

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An evening with Paritua Wines - Bistronomy Winemakers Series

An evening with Paritua Wines - Bistronomy Winemakers Series. Sunday 7th October 2018
The penultimate in Bistronomy's Winemaker Series. Join wine maker Jason Stent of Paritua Winery as he explains the unique connection to the land his wines have. The name Paritua is a tribute to the Paritua Stream, which meanders gently through the vineyard. The vineyard is planted over the...

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Waipawa Spring Market Duck Day

Waipawa Spring Market Duck Day. Saturday 13th October 2018
The infamous Duck Day has been an annual event since the early 90’s, and this year it will be coming back to Waipawa on Saturday October 13. Running from 9am – 2pm, Duck Day will be held in Nelly Jull Park if the weather is fine. If not, celebrations will be taking place throughout town....

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Decibel Cork Talk with Daniel Brennan

Decibel Cork Talk with Daniel Brennan. Sunday 14th October 2018
Join our resident self professed 'cork dork' Bethany Jeffries for a relaxed conversation and tasting of one of her favourites in Hawkes Bay. Daniel Brennan from Decibel wines will be there to give you you a firsthand explanation of his products and passions. All accompanied by a couple of...

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Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival

Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival. Monday 15th October 2018
Come join us over 14 days and 40 shows as we explore, celebrate and grow our connections – to place, people, past and future – through the arts! With world-class international acts alongside a showcase of local talent, we promise incredible performances, stunning displays, raucous fun and...

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HBAF 2018 - Songs for Nobodies

HBAF 2018 - Songs for Nobodies. Monday 15th October 2018
In an astonishing tour-de-force, awardwinning singer and actress Ali Harper brings ten distinctive personalities (and their stories) to life in mesmerising detail. Songs for Nobodies shares life-changing encounters between five everyday women whose lives have been touched by five legendary divas:...

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HBAF 2018 - Scena

HBAF 2018 - Scena. Tuesday 16th October 2018
Project Prima Volta is an annual performance-based music programme, where 30 rising opera stars from local high schools meet weekly to rehearse and grow their skills and confidence. Opera's loudest champions are amongst these young people, who recognise the beautiful transformation that they and...

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HBAF 2018 - Louis Baker

HBAF 2018 - Louis Baker. Tuesday 16th October 2018
Singer-songwriter Louis Baker is one of the most compelling voices to emerge in recent years. Crafting his work with deep artistic integrity, Baker has gathered a loyal following that spans the world over, winning hearts for his honest lyrics, beautiful melodies and timeless, emotive tones. Since...

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HBAF 2018 - Emily Sun & Gamal Khamis

HBAF 2018 - Emily Sun & Gamal Khamis. Wednesday 17th October 2018
Australian violinist Emily Sun is rapidly gaining international recognition as an emerging soloist. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the 2016 Royal Over- Seas League Music Competition UK, the first violinist to win the award since 1981. She will be joined by pianist Gamal Khamis who, with a...

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Jo Seagar Book Launch

Jo Seagar Book Launch. Wednesday 17th October 2018
If you love baking up a storm and testing new recipes (or enjoy eating them!), then come and be a part of an exclusive evening celebrating the launch of Jo Seagar’s brand new book, ‘Better Than a Bought One’. Brimming with Jo’s always delightful and inspired food ideas, ‘Better Than a...

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HBAF 2018 - The South Afreakins

HBAF 2018 - The South Afreakins. Wednesday 17th October 2018
Following sell-out seasons in Edinburgh, London and Auckland, Robyn Paterson brings her dark comedic one-woman play to Hawke’s Bay. In a rapid, dance-like duologue Paterson switches between her two characters, Helene and Gordon, to create a story of loss, family and the true meaning of...

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HBAF 2018 - Cuentos de España

HBAF 2018 - Cuentos de España. Thursday 18th October 2018
Cuentos de España (Stories of Spain), presented by Festival Opera, explores the fount of inspiration criss-crossing the globe between Spain and New Zealand through the conduit of music and Spanish composition. Pianist Lorelle McNaughton returns from studies in Barcelona with her award-winning...

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HBAF 2018 - Valerie

HBAF 2018 - Valerie. Thursday 18th October 2018
Named ‘stand-out cabaret of the year’ (2016) by the NZ Herald, Valerie is ‘gig theatre’ at its finest. “Nature versus nurture. Did nurture pull the trigger in my grandfather’s case? In Valerie’s case? Or did nature pull the trigger long ago, and we’re all just waiting to feel the...

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HBAF 2018 - Wilson Dixon

HBAF 2018 - Wilson Dixon. Thursday 18th October 2018
America is like an enormous armed toddler at an all-you-can eat dessert buffet, simultaneously eating and throwing pudding around the room. Who’s going to tell him to stop? Where are his parents? A situation like this needs a calm, firm hand: someone with insight and experience, someone like...

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HBAF 2018 - Ann-Droid

HBAF 2018 - Ann-Droid. Friday 19th October 2018
This quirky, spell-binding, interactive show combines theatre and timeless storytelling with the latest in digital technologies to conjure a magical world. Before the very eyes of the audience, drawn animation comes to life as performers move together with projected visuals to create an enchanting...

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Otane School 150th Jubilee Celebrations

Otane School 150th Jubilee Celebrations. Friday 19th October 2018
Celebrate the Otane School 150th Jubilee during Labour Weekend 2018! The day’s festivities will kick off at 4:30pm with a Powhiri/welcome from current Otane School students and will be followed by registration. Gather together with friends for the casual ‘Chatter and Platter’ evening, where...

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HBAF 2018 - Waiohiki Creative Arts Village

HBAF 2018 - Waiohiki Creative Arts Village. Friday 19th October 2018
Take your friends and family on an adventure and spend time discovering this thriving hub of artists and craftspeople in the heart of the Bay, near the spectacular historic Ōtātara Pā site and the bustle of EIT. As part of the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, Waiohiki Creative Arts...

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HBAF 2018 - Battle of Hastings - Poetry Slam

HBAF 2018 - Battle of Hastings - Poetry Slam. Friday 19th October 2018
To battle! With poetry! For the first time in Hawke’s Bay, Motif Poetry presents the format taking the world by storm. Poetry Slam is a competitive, high-energy poetry show known for being accessible and great fun. From fast-paced rap to heart-breaking love poetry (or more puns than recommended)...

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HBAF 2018 - Cuentos de España

HBAF 2018 - Cuentos de España. Friday 19th October 2018
Cuentos de España (Stories of Spain), presented by Festival Opera, explores the fount of inspiration criss-crossing the globe between Spain and New Zealand through the conduit of music and Spanish composition. Pianist Lorelle McNaughton returns from studies in Barcelona with her award-winning...

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HBAF 2018 - Still Life With Chickens

HBAF 2018 - Still Life With Chickens. Friday 19th October 2018
When Mama discovers a mischievous chicken invading her flourishing veggie garden her first instinct is to reach for the spade. But what starts out as a skirmish over the silverbeet develops into an unlikely friendship. A comedy unafraid of the uncomfortable truths of life, award-winning playwright...

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HBAF 2018 - The Shuffle Demons

HBAF 2018 - The Shuffle Demons. Friday 19th October 2018
For over three decades, these high-energy, virtuosic jazz funkateers have been bringing joyous chaos to the world. The Shuffle Demons are a crowd-pleasing, full-on musical group that backs their riotous over-the-top antics with phenomenal playing. With an illustrious career in their kitbag, three...

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HBAF 2018 - Finding My Way Home (Readers & Writers)

HBAF 2018 - Finding My Way Home (Readers & Writers). Saturday 20th October 2018
Helen Brown’s life was torn apart when her son Sam, aged nine, was run over and killed. Amazingly, a little black cat called Cleo would help heal the shattered family. The story of Cleo touched hearts all around the world. Many years and books later, Helen brings us Bono, the rescue cat who...

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Tea and Tour Time at Wallingford

Tea and Tour Time at Wallingford. Saturday 20th October 2018
Escape for a morning or afternoon to the lush estate of Wallingford Homestead. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the country home, that will see you delve into the rich history telling the story of generations of family that have contributed to the homestead and grounds we see today. The homestead...

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HBAF 2018 - Between the Lines (Readers & Writers)

HBAF 2018 - Between the Lines (Readers & Writers). Saturday 20th October 2018
Family letters can hold a wealth of stories as well as clues to how the New Zealand we know today evolved. Among his elderly mother’s effects, Peter Wells discovered a cache of letters that trace his family’s history from the 1890s to recent times – a family that experienced the war against...

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HBAF 2018 - Children Are Stinky

HBAF 2018 - Children Are Stinky. Saturday 20th October 2018
This five-star, sell-out children’s choice is a dynamo of circus talent and frenetic noisy fun, a genuine “supercharged showstopper” that will delight kids and their parents alike. Children are Stinky is the most spectacular reverse psychology experiment you have ever seen. The extremely...

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HBAF 2018 - The Shrieking Sisterhood (Readers & Writers)

HBAF 2018 - The Shrieking Sisterhood (Readers & Writers). Saturday 20th October 2018
125 years since New Zealand women gained the priceless right to vote, we proudly present three of this country’s foremost historians to engage and stimulate you. Historians Barbara Brookes, Angela Wanhalla and Lachy Paterson have much to say about the dramatic progress and inspiring...

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HBAF 2018 - Manawa Whenua - A Spring of Fragrant Water

HBAF 2018 - Manawa Whenua - A Spring of Fragrant Water. Saturday 20th October 2018
Each person’s experience is unique. A narrow opening that can take you through a network of cracks. We have all been there... we know that life has its challenges. As we develop we meet new people and become influenced by situations, the way water that travels through large deep caves emerges to...

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HalloWine

HalloWine. Saturday 20th October 2018
Celebrate Halloween in style, get dressed up, and get ready for a night of fun, fire and fine wine. Hawke's Bays Halloween ball. Live band, wine and scary food.

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HBAF 2018 - Pango/Black

HBAF 2018 - Pango/Black. Saturday 20th October 2018
The doors to Napier Municipal Theatre will be thrown open and the majestic space filled with dance, light and live music, as part of White Night. In an extraordinary performance, six male dancers ignite the stage, bringing movement, energy and life to explore the concept of starting from nothing,...

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HBAF 2018 - White Night

HBAF 2018 - White Night. Saturday 20th October 2018
Last year’s inaugural White Night saw more than 3,000 people take to the streets for this free, family-friendly, good-vibe event. Inspired by Nuit Blance in Paris, White Night offers a unique opportunity to engage with the arts in an open and accessible way, whether you’re a first-time gallery...

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HBAF 2018 - Promise & Promiscuity

HBAF 2018 - Promise & Promiscuity. Saturday 20th October 2018
In this hilarious, one-freakishly-talentedwoman show, Penny Ashton tackles all of Jane Austen’s characters with song, dance and appalling cross-stitch. Join Miss Elspeth as she battles literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions and her mother’s nerves, armed only with a blushing...

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HBAF 2018 - The Nukes

HBAF 2018 - The Nukes. Sunday 21st October 2018
Celebrating ten years together this October The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part ratpack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love. The innocent little uke is...

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HBAF 2018 - By A Thread

HBAF 2018 - By A Thread. Sunday 21st October 2018
Using the simple apparatus of a rope and pulley, and the physics of counterweight, tension, muscle and flight, By a Thread is a visually rich, imaginative display of cutting-edge acrobatics from seven of Australia’s best emerging circus artists. This show offers unique insight into the workings...

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HBAF 2018 - MAMiL (Remounted)

HBAF 2018 - MAMiL (Remounted). Sunday 21st October 2018
Achingly funny and poignant, MAMIL (Remounted) explores the male midlife crisis, where the super bike and cycling culture reign supreme. Bryan Cook (Mark Hadlow) is a property developer who has accumulated a small fortune building leaking homes. He’s a stressed out, self-medicating,...

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HBAF 2018 - Behind the Lines - Ria Hall and Rob Ruha

HBAF 2018 - Behind the Lines  - Ria Hall and Rob Ruha. Sunday 21st October 2018
Māori music trailblazers, Ria Hall and Rob Ruha (NZ Arts Laureate 2017) dive deep into the fibres of their combined artistry, tribal teachings and dynamic musical inventory for their show Behind the Lines. This explosive sonic and sensory experience showcases collaborative works and music from...

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HBAF 2018 - Songs of Ivor Cutler - Slightly Imperfect

HBAF 2018 - Songs of Ivor Cutler - Slightly Imperfect. Sunday 21st October 2018
Slightly Imperfect introduces you to the absurd, beautiful world of Scottish poet, songwriter and humourist Ivor Cutler (1923-2006), unassuming master of the offbeat, true eccentric, and original inspiration for the Beatle’s Magical Mystery Tour (Cutler featured as the bus driver). Cutler...

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HBAF 2018 - Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

HBAF 2018 - Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. Monday 22nd October 2018
Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polata’ivao and a cast of six Pasifika actors. Breathing provocative new life into Avia’s examination and celebration of what it is to be a Samoan woman,...

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HBAF 2018 - Behind the Lines - Ria Hall and Rob Ruha

HBAF 2018 - Behind the Lines - Ria Hall and Rob Ruha. Monday 22nd October 2018
Māori music trailblazers, Ria Hall and Rob Ruha (NZ Arts Laureate 2017) dive deep into the fibres of their combined artistry, tribal teachings and dynamic musical inventory for their show Behind the Lines. This explosive sonic and sensory experience showcases collaborative works and music from...

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HBAF 2018 - Ship of Dreams - Delaney Davidson

HBAF 2018 - Ship of Dreams - Delaney Davidson. Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Delaney Davidson brings his latest Magic Lightbox installation, Ship of Dreams, to premiere HBAF 2018, along with his carnival barker’s voice, avant-garde sensibilities and genius vision. Using his unique and compelling live music as the soundtrack to his own short films, woven in the style of...

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HBAF 2018 - 1918 Le Moana

HBAF 2018 - 1918 Le Moana. Wednesday 24th October 2018
A beautifully crafted, rich interweaving of siva Samoa and contemporary dance, combining song, live drumming, archival footage and dramatic installation, 1918 is that rare gift: an opportunity for genuine, cross-cultural education. The devastating impact of the global Spanish influenza pandemic in...

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HBAF 2018 - Mikelangelo - The Balkan Elvis

HBAF 2018 - Mikelangelo - The Balkan Elvis. Wednesday 24th October 2018
With his smooth looks, crazy tragi-comic stories and a piano accordion, Mikelangelo (of the Black Sea Gentlemen fame) has given Elvis an almighty transfusion and an East Bloc incarnation. Part road movie, part redemption tale, part rock 'n' roll musical, follow the exploits of Mikelangelo’s...

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HBAF 2018 - Jane Doe

HBAF 2018 - Jane Doe. Thursday 25th October 2018
A powerful theatre show reflecting on rape culture in our communities, Jane Doe is an original work created and directed by Eleanor Bishop, drawing on real-life cases and verbatim research. Actor Karin McCracken leads a public reading of a rape trial transcript, where audience members read as...

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HBAF 2018 - Every Song Has a Story - Greg Johnson

HBAF 2018 - Every Song Has a Story - Greg Johnson. Thursday 25th October 2018
With a back catalogue of over 300 songs and 30 years of music, California-based Kiwi Greg Johnson has yarns to spin - from his touring adventures round New Zealand, onto the charts as a young singer-songwriter, and his relocation to Los Angeles to chase the big time. Johnson’s a master...

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HBAF 2018 - In Flagrante

HBAF 2018 - In Flagrante. Friday 26th October 2018
Auckland-based In Flagrante premiered at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in 2013 to rave reviews and effervescent audience reaction. It brings to the table an ever evolving and unique fusion of contemporary-dance influenced, hyper-sexualised and deeply comedic vignettes that mock patriarchy in...

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HBAF 2018 - George & Noriko

HBAF 2018 - George & Noriko. Friday 26th October 2018
George and Noriko break all the rules. This charismatic duo brings something unique, something unexpected, with a sound unlike anything you’ve heard before! Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru Shamisen Player, the stars of Melbourne’s underground have been kicking up a storm...

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Central Hawke's Bay Fast 'n' Furious Trolley Derby

Central Hawke's Bay Fast 'n' Furious Trolley Derby. Saturday 27th October 2018
If you're up for the challenge… if you like the squeal of the wheel… the thrill of the hill… the CHB Fast 'n' Furious Trolley Derby 2017 is a day not to be missed. This event had its inception last year, and spectators and racers alike enjoyed a great day's racing, with many vowing...

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HBAF 2018 - Duck, Death and The Tulip

HBAF 2018 - Duck, Death and The Tulip. Saturday 27th October 2018
From true heroes of children’s theatre, Little Dog Barking (Guji Guji and Paper Shaper), comes a whimsical, heart-warming story about an unlikely friendship between a duck, a character called Death and their journey through time. Together they drink tea, go swimming, climb a tree, and provide...

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HBAF 2018 - Canopy - Margot Pierard & Kurt Yates

HBAF 2018 - Canopy - Margot Pierard & Kurt Yates. Saturday 27th October 2018
Canopy is the culmination of a long-time collaboration between songstress Margot Pierard, best known for her big jazz sound, and guitarist and composer, Kurt Yates. Riffing off jazz elements interwoven with the colourful radiance of musical cultures from around the world, their diverse passions...

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HBAF 2018 - Freedom is Behind My Breath

HBAF 2018 - Freedom is Behind My Breath. Saturday 27th October 2018
Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival is delighted to be premiering the first of three new collaborative performance art works by Hawke’s Bay theatre-maker Puti Lancaster and Auckland-based performance designer Owen McCarthy (White Guitar). Freedom is Behind My Breath is the gift of one local...

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Bio Buzz

Bio Buzz. Sunday 28th October 2018
Biodiversity Guardians of Hawke's Bay invite you to a fun filled family day of education and engagement in our beautiful big backyard. Meet our local eco-gems, discover the wonders of our natural environment and catch up on the biodiversity buzz. We are committed to working together so that...

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HBAF 2018 - Kokako's Song

HBAF 2018 - Kokako's Song. Sunday 28th October 2018
With beautifully handcrafted life-sized puppetry and live music, Kokako’s Song is a little show with a big heart. Searching for her dog, six-year-old Angel finds herself lost in the forest where she has a delightful encounter with a real live kokako (or is that really her granddad dressed up in...

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Vegan Wines - Vegan Eats with Moana Park

Vegan Wines - Vegan Eats with Moana Park. Sunday 28th October 2018
The final dinner in this year's Winemaker Dinner Series, Enjoy a five course Vegan Dinner with Vegan Wines from Moana Park. Join winemaker Dan Barker as he explains his personal philosophy around winemaking and why he believes plant-based wine is the way of the future. Chef James Beck and team...

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HBAF 2018 - Carnivorous Plant Society & Hopetoun Brown

HBAF 2018 - Carnivorous Plant Society & Hopetoun Brown. Sunday 28th October 2018
For one special night in the Spiegeltent, Hopetoun Brown join forces with fellow neighbourhood players and new best friends, Carnivorous Plant Society. Two concerts, two incredible bands, one super-awesome festival finale. Mexican mariachi mixes with spaghetti western… Carnivorous Plant Society...

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Soundz Over The Lake

Soundz Over The Lake. Saturday 3rd November 2018
Soundz over the lake's Music & fireworks festival is back and ready to light up the skies with epic music and massive fireworks! With a dedicated large alcohol-free family zone, food carts, VIP tents, corporate tents and bar onsite its set to be a spectacular affair! Gates open at 3pm - live...

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Soundz Over the Lake

Saturday 3rd November 2018
Soundz over the Lake will be the place to be on Saturday 3 November, when the festival will be bringing together some of the best artists from all over Hawke’s Bay for an electric night of music, arts, and dance. The party kicks off at 4pm (gates open at 3pm) with ski displays on the lake, a...

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CHB Boulevard Day - Into the Future

CHB Boulevard Day - Into the Future. Friday 9th November 2018
Waipukurau yearly loved Boulevard day is a wonderful feature of CHB. This event has been running for years, and is loved by all the locals. This event is a street event in Ruataniwha St, and is for stores to have tables of goods outside, on clearance, to sell to the customers at very low prices!...

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Total BS

Total BS. Saturday 10th November 2018
The Moana Park Winery crew have concocted a plan. It involves our very cool fire pit, obscene amounts of Beef and Syrah. Super talented Chefs will do the honours, sacrificing the meat to the Syrah gods, and crafting some hearty and unique arrangements for the main lunch event. Expect some...

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Hawke's Bay Vape Day 2018

Hawke's Bay Vape Day 2018. Saturday 10th November 2018
This is strictly an R18 event, please bring ID with you. Get ready for a whole new vape day experience. Hawke's Bay Vapour in conjunction with The Cabana presents Hawke's Bay Vape Day on November 10, 2018. Whether you're a seasoned vaper or only considering making the switch to vaping,...

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Art Deco Masonic Post Wine Auction Dinner

Art Deco Masonic Post Wine Auction Dinner. Saturday 10th November 2018
This “not to be missed” post Hawke's Bay Wine Auction event takes place in the stylish Gatsby Rooms in the iconic Art Deco Masonic Hotel. Damon McGinniss, Executive Chef of the hotel's Emporium Eatery & Bar fame is at the helm for this event. Damon will be showcasing his love for Hawke's...

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Napier Wellbeing Market

Napier Wellbeing Market. Saturday 17th November 2018
The Napier Wellbeing Market is a fantastic free mind body spirit weekend showcasing the latest in Natural health, holistic medicine, stress-free living, fitness, well-being, diet, nutrition, spirituality and happiness. Lots of amazing stalls for you to explore & enjoy! This is our second annual...

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Women's Lifestyle Expo Napier

Women's Lifestyle Expo Napier. Saturday 24th November 2018
Come join us at NZ's special event for women! The Hawke's Bay Women's Lifestyle Expo is a two-day event for women of all ages. With more than 120 companies involved featuring everything from jewellery and beauty to business products & information, crafts, fitness, food & wine sampling and much...

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Impact Pro Wrestling: Live At Paisley Stage

Impact Pro Wrestling: Live At Paisley Stage. Saturday 24th November 2018
Live Pro Wrestling is coming to Napier for the first time ever! Lighting up Paisley Stage, Impact Pro Wrestling will make its debut in this intimate venue for a night of body slams, brain busters and back breakers. This two-hour spectacle of family friendly professional wrestling action is not...

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Black Barn Growers' Market

Black Barn Growers' Market. Saturday 1st December 2018
New Zealand's original farmers market, the Black Barn Growers’ Market has been running for more than 14 years and has become a ‘must-do’ for locals and visitors alike on Saturday Mornings through summer. Open from 9 till noon every Saturday of summer, just follow the line of cars down Black...

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Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival

Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival. Friday 7th December 2018
Truly grass roots and rural! Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival has taken place for over 10 years to bring a diverse mix of music to Central Hawke's Bay. 3 days, heaps of music, camping, friends, food, stalls and more! Family friendly. Camping is included in the ticket price. This is a zero...

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Another Day In Taradise

Another Day In Taradise. Saturday 12th January 2019
Every year in January, friends and family gather together to celebrate the best of Hawke’s Bay at Moana Park’s Another Day in Taradise. Now in its 14th year, Another Day in Taradise combines delicious Moana Park wines, boutique beers a great selection of delectable food, all matched with a...

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The Extravaganza Fair

The Extravaganza Fair. Friday 19th April 2019
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 4 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone. We're bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market...

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The Extravaganza Fair

The Extravaganza Fair. Saturday 27th April 2019
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!! Welcome to Season 4 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone. We're bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market...

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Hawke's Bay Better Home & Living Show

Hawke's Bay Better Home & Living Show. Friday 17th May 2019
Get tomorrow's ideas today! With over 120 exhibitors, 'Ask an Expert' sessions, latest trends, innovations and exclusive show specials it’s the place to be for solutions for sustainable homes, gardens and better living. There's fun for the whole family with the Resene Paint-a-Bird House....

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Bay Skate

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Napier Municipal Theatre

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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Par2 MiniGolf

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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MTG Hawke's Bay

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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The Faraday Centre

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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Parklands Residential Estate

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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William Colenso

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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Napier Aquatic Centre

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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Kennedy Park Resort Napier

We are Hawkes Bay's premier holiday accommodation park providing an array of facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
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Napier City Council

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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Napier Libraries

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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National Aquarium of New Zealand

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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Napier Conference Centre

We offer an all purpose built venue that uniquely combines spectacular outlooks with functional layout.
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