Explore wineries, sample locally-produced fare and marvel at the Art Deco architecture. Check out these top experiences in Hawke’s Bay.
8. Sip award-winning wine
Often likened to Bordeaux in France, Hawke’s Bay is famed for its full-bodied red wines. Hire a bike and taste your way around some of the region’s 72 vineyards, including the award-winning Te Mata Estate Winery and Craggy Range. Stop for lunch at Church Road Winery or Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery.
7. Stroll along Marine Parade
Stretching 3km of Napier coastline, Marine Parade is the best place to take in the sea views with a walk or bike ride along the promenade. Stop for a bite to eat in one of many cafes and bars that line the walkway, or call into MTG Hawke’s Bay, a museum, theatre and gallery in one.
6. Taste artisan fare
Visit a local farmers’ market and stroll among the stalls of fresh fruit, vegetables, artisan bread, cheese and meats, before finding a shady spot to picnic. You’ll also find seasonal produce for sale by the roadside, often just with an honesty box for payment.
5. Explore Art Deco architecture
When a devastating earthquake destroyed Napier in 1931, the city was rebuilt in the style of the times – Art Deco. Relieve the opulent era of jazz, boaters and beads at the annual Art Deco Festival or take a guided tour of the spectacular architecture in a vintage car or by road train.
4. Get up close to gannets at Cape Kidnappers
Sweeping views, dramatic cliffs and Australasia’s largest mainland gannet colony – a visit to the impressive sandstone headland and home to over 20,000 gannets with Gannet Safaris Overland tours is not to be missed. The tour takes you along the cliff tops on Cape Kidnappers Station land, enjoy views of the Cape Kidnappers walking track below as you head out to the gannets. The walking track along the beach is currently closed for safety reasons so enjoy the view from the top.
3. Hike or bike up Te Mata Peak
At nearly 400 metres above sea level, you are guaranteed panoramic views from the summit of Te Mata Peak. Hike, bike or drive to the top and marvel at the hang gliders soaring high above the majestic Heretaunga Plains.
2. Attend the Food and Wine Classic
Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Class (F.A.W.C) is a highlight in the Hawke’s Bay calendar. Taking place twice a year, restaurants, cafes and pop-up venues get in on the action, promising delicious food, award-winning wine and great entertainment.
1. Explore the cycle trails
Hawke’s Bay Trails combine more than 200km of tracks that are helpfully split into themes (water, landscapes and wineries). You can visit all of Hawke’s Bay’s attractions by bike – cycle by the seaside, venture to the vineyards or explore the countryside. With flat, easy trails for all levels, it’s the best way to experience the stunning region.