Must Dos

Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its wonderful weather, food and wine, stunning natural scenery and architecture. Check out what the absolute must dos are to make your visit complete.

Hawke's Bay Trails

The Hawke’s Bay Trails are fast becoming known as the best place to “coast” when it comes to cycling. All three national cycle trails are easy on the legs and have numerous places to stop for good coffee, local ice-cream and scenic snapshots. Read more...

Splash Planet Theme Park

Splash Planet is a water-based theme park set in 6.5 hectares of attractive park surroundings in Hastings, New Zealand.  The park features slides, pools and motorised rides catering for all ages from toddlers to teens to the 'young at heart'.  No matter your age, it's a fantastic family destination. Read more...

Hawkes Bay Farmers Market

Stroll around New Zealand’s oldest Farmers Market held at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds in Hastings every Sunday morning, rain or shine. Sample fresh local produce and buy direct from the grower whilst enjoying live music and the colourful atmosphere. Read more...

Cape Kidnappers Golf

Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, The Farm encompasses terrain which is reminiscent of Montana with cliffs that plunge 800 feet into the sea and 180 degree views of the pacific. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers was ranked #2 in New Zealand and the South Pacific by Travel+Leisure (South Asia) Magazine "T+L 500 World's Best Hotels" January 2010. Read more...

Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers, a half hour drive from the cities of Hastings and Napier, is a craggy peninsula named to commemorate an incident during Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage. Visitors can get within a few feet of the world’s largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony which is at the top of the Cape’s sheer and barren cliffs. Read more...

Nga Pou o Heretaunga

For the first time in the history of the Hastings District, the presence of mana whenua is to be seen in the form of carvings that represent tupuna, located in Civic Square in the centre of Hastings. Read more...

Art Deco Trust

Napier, the Art Deco City, is world-famous for its jazz age architecture which rose from the rubble and ashes of a disastrous earthquake and subsequent fires which devastated the city in 1931. Read more...

The First to See the Sun

Get up early and watch the sunrise from Marine Parade. Hawke’s Bay is on the first coast to see the sun every morning. Read more...

Waimarama Beach

Waimarama Beach is one of the most sought-after coastal resorts in the country. Its long stretches of sandy beach are ideal for walking, jogging, swimming, surfing and fishing. It has mobile phone coverage and a general store and seaside cafe. There is also a boat loading ramp and a variety of beach accommodation. Read more...

Lake Waikaremoana

Wairoa, in Northern Hawke’s Bay, is the gateway to Te Urewera National Park and Lake Waikaremoana. The drive from Wairoa to Waikaremoana is about 65km, some of it over gravel roads. Read more...

Te Mata Peak

Te Mata Peak, behind Havelock North, gives 360° views of Hawke’s Bay. Visitors can see Napier and Mahia Peninsula to the north and east, hill country to the south and east, and the Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru ranges beyond the fertile Heretaunga Plains. Mount Ruapehu is often visible in the distance. Read more...

Swim with the Sharks

Visit New Zealand's National Aquarium and watch the scuba divers feeding the sharks, swim with them yourself or have a fun family sleep over! Read more...

The Longest Place Name in the World

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki- maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the longest place name in the world located in Porangahau, Central Hawke's Bay. Read more...

Go Gannets

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. Read more...