Hawke's Bay Getaway

Looking for another reason to enjoy this beautiful summer.....? You can come and spot a few thousand gannets, sip a selection of fantastic local wines, pop on a feather boa, or exert yourself on the Hawke's Bay Trails, its all here.

Getting here and around...

Hawke's Bay is just a one hour flight from Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington on one of Air New Zealand's daily flights. 
If you're driving from Auckland you can either follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through Taupo or take the scenic Pacific Coast Highway for spectacular East Coast scenery.
If you're coming from Wellington take the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail through the Wairarapa, winding your way through vineyards isn't a bad way to travel!

To get the most out of your time in Hawke's Bay hire a car (if you don't bring your own) or take advantage of one our many tour operators and let someone else take care of the driving.

Check out our tour operators here...

 

Once you've got here it's time to find somewhere to stay. Choose from Napier, Hastings, Havelock North or meander further afield to Central Hawke's Bay and Wairoa.

 

Napier Accommodation Options

The Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Cobden Garden Homestay, The Dome, Scenic Hotel Te Pania  and The Quest Napier are all in the heart of Napier and are great sleeping options if you don't have a car.

If around in sunny Ahuriri there are several accommodation options within easy reach of the beach. Check out  The Crown Hotel Napier and the Navigate Seaside Hotel

Other great motel accommodation in Napier include ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel Deco City Motel, Marineland Motel, and Kennedy Park Resort Napier  - all are just a hop, skip and a jump from the CBD.

Hastings and Havelock North Accommodation Options

For a gourmet stay check out Greenhill Lodge and Glen Aros Country Estate for onsite fine dining lodge options when you rest your weary heads.

If you'd like to get away from it all then Hawthorne House is a delightful Bed & Breakfast in this area.

Self-contained houses and cottages are a great way to see Hawke's Bay and some to check out include Black Barn Retreats, Cottages on St Andrews, Millar Road, John's House and Lawn Cottages.

 

For more options check out our accommodation page here...  or talk to the Napier i-SITE for expert advice.

 

Now you've got the basics sorted it's time for the fun stuff. What to do with all this sunshine?

Hawke's Bay is known as the food bowl of New Zealand and for good reason, we're chocka block full of award winning food and wine experiences.

Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine region in New Zealand, and the second largest, we're also New Zealand's leading producer of red wines.
Stopping in at a cellar door or three is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, especially with so many award winning winery restaurants on site.

For a dining experience with views of the vines you can't go past Black Barn Vineyards, Elephant Hill Winery and Restaurant, Clearview Estate Winery, Terroir at Craggy Range or The Old Church Restaurant.

Take a look at the Hawke's Bay Winery Guide here...(download a copy)

While we're talking about wine we would be remiss if we didn’t' tell you about The Wineries Ride on the Hawke's Bay Trails.
In case you didn't know the Hawke's Bay Trails are 200 kilometres of flat, easy and mostly off-road limestone tracks. They are enormously fun to ride, even for novices.
One of the most popular rides is The Wineries Ride which weaves around the premium wine growing area of Bridge Pa and the Gimblett Gravels

Hire a bike from one of the many operators based along the trail and spend the day hopping from cellar door to cellar door, with a stop for a platter lunch along the way. Unison Vineyard and Unwind Cafe is a great spot for this on the Wineries Ride.

Cuisine Magazine always ranks Hawke's Bay highly in their Good Food Guide and 2014 was no exception. Elephant Hill Winery Restaurant took out Winery Restaurant of the Year and in 2014.

Mister D - took out Runner Up Best New Restaurant, Cuisine Magazine Good Food Guide awards 2013 while Black Barn Bistro took out Runner Up Best Winery Restaurant 2013. 

Take a look at the whole list here...

And you can't leave Hawke's Bay without visiting the Hawke's Bay Farmers Market. Running every Sunday, year round, between 8.30am and 12:30pm.
The Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market is one of the oldest and largest Farmers' Markets in the country. Spend the morning talking to local artisans and growers, munch your way through tastings or something more substantial and fill the car with the freshest fruit and vegetables in the country.

Take a look at our fabulous foodie options here...

 


In between all the eating and drinking take a look at these great attractions.

Arataki Honey Visitor Centre - the centre is a "hive of activity in Havelock North with all sorts of things to try and buy.

Art Deco Trust - Take a walking tour or a vintage car tour of Napier and immerse yourself in the fascinating history behind the 1931 earthquake and subsequent rebuild that established Hawke's Bay as a Art Deco Mecca.

Gannet Safari Overland - Head out on a tour with Gannet Safaris, not only do you get to see the largest mainland Gannet colony in the world, you also get spectacular views of Hawke's Bay from the tip of Cape Kidnappers.

Hooters Vintage & Classic Car Hire - Hire a vintage car for the day and trip around the region in style or tour their extensive car museum.

MTG Hawke's Bay - Home to a nationally significant collection of Art, the recently refurbished MTG is a 'must do' for anyone visiting Hawke's Bay.

Takaro Trails - Hit the Hawke's Bay Trails with Takaro Trails who offer everything from guided day trips to five day tours.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand - New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife, including Kiwi, Tuatara and a huge range of fish species.

Waimarama Maori Tours - Learn all about Hawke's Bay's rich cultural heritage.

Willowford Horse Trekking - Hit the trails and experience Hawke's Bay backcountry from horseback.

Mohaka Rafting for the ultimate white-water thrills on the Mohaka River

The Waka Experience in Ahuriri offers visitors  a unique 2 hour cultural and sailing experience on board Te Matau a Māui a waka hourua – double hulled Polynesian designed sailing waka.

So have we convinced you yet? If you're still not sure check out the video below to seal the deal...