Nature & Outdoors

Hawke’s Bay has a wealth of natural attractions, beaches and landscapes, many of which are protected within forest, wildlife, marine and historic parks and reserves.

Beaches

With 360 kilometres of coastline, Hawke’s Bay has a wide selection of beaches stretching from Mahia Peninsula in the north to Porangahau in the south offering excellent swimming, fishing, kayaking and surfing. Read more...

Conservation Sites

Hawke’s Bay has a wealth of natural attractions, many of which are protected within forest, wildlife, marine and historic parks and reserves. Read more...

Gardens

As well as public parks and gardens, some of the finest examples of private gardens can be found in Hawke’s Bay Homesteads. Every year the Holly Hospice Trail takes visitors to homes not usually open to the public. The Tikokino Open Garden Weekend is also another great opportunity to visit commercial and private gardens. Read more...

Heritage Trails

Outdoor lovers can enjoy many tracks and walks in Hawke’s Bay. The Department of Conservation manages over 20 walks in the region, varying in duration, trail length and endurance requirements. Read more...

Lakes

Hawke’s Bay has several lakes to enjoy recreational activities. Many of these offer heritage or walking trails to enjoy land and water. Read more...

Rivers

Five rivers flow across Hawke’s Bay from the sheltering inland ranges in the West, to the sea in the East. Read more...

Scenic Points of Interest

There are plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy, many with interesting history and conservation stories. Read more...

Wetlands

There are a number of wetlands that have been restored and can be visited for bird watching, education studies or simply enjoying the diversity of plants and wildlife. Images attached. Read more...