Areas & Districts

Hawkes Bay is made up of several areas, each with their own diverse and interesting traits. Located on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Hawkes Bay spans from Mahia in the north through to Porangahau in the south, covering 1.42 million hectares and 350km of Pacific Ocean coastline.The main areas of Hawkes Bay are Northern Hawkes Bay - encompassing Wairoa, Mahia and Lake Waikaremoana - Hastings, Havelock North, Napier and Central Hawkes Bay.

Tikokino & Ongaonga

An eclectic mix of history, art & country gardens Tikokino, on State Highway 50 north of Ongaonga, began as a 'very neat little town' of 86 sections sold in 1860. Ongaonga also has more than its share of history. Set in a peaceful spot a stones throw from SH50, Ongaonga has a collection of historic buildings gathered from all over the district and clustered around the Department of Conservation's field office to make a picturesque historic village. 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...

Hastings

Hastings District isincludes the city of  Hastings and covers the area from Cape Kidnappers, across the Tuki Tuki Valley and Te Mata Peak to the Heretaunga Plains. It really is the "food bowl" of Hawke's Bay and boasts numerous wineries and foodie options. Read more...

Otane

Otane, just off SH2 between Hastings and Waipawa, is a small township with a big heart. The town is fiercely promoted by those who live and work there, some of whom have long-time family attachments to the area, and many who have moved there to unwind from city life and be part of the relaxed country lifestyle. Read more...

Taradale

Taradale is located just 10 minutes south of Napier Airport and is centraly located to Hastings, Napier and Havelock North. Read more...

Porangahau

Home to one of the world’s longest place names! Porangahau is 55km southeast of Waipukurau and easily accessible via a fully sealed & picturesque road, Route 52.  The Porangahau area is home to Porangahau Station established in 1854 when the first colonial ships arrived in New Zealand. Read more...

Ahuriri

Ahuriri is just a five-minute drive from downtown Napier . This bustling seaside village offers everything from a sandy beach and expansive boardwalk to waterfront cafes and restaurants, galleries, antique treasure houses, boutique stores and thriving businesses. Read more...

Waipawa

Waipawa is one of the oldest inland towns in New Zealand, with the first sections in the town being sold by auction on February 25, 1860. Read more...

Takapau

Takapau, south of Waipukurau and just off SH2 has wide, tree-lined streets, many of them named after the family members of the town's early benefactor, John Johnston. Takapau’s beautiful Oruawharo Homestead, built by John Johnston's son Sydney, was completed in 1897. Read more...

Mahia Peninsula

Part of Northern Hawkes Bay, the Mahia Peninsula is surrounded by the deep blue and crystal clear Pacific Ocean, which breaks onto a mix of black and white sandy and rocky beaches. Read more...

Havelock North

Havelock North is a five minute drive east from Hastings City, and approx 20 minutes from Napier. It offers boutique shopping, a thriving café culture, and accommodation options ranging from cottages, B&B’s and motels, to secluded luxury lodges. Read more...

Wairoa

Wairoa is the main town of Northern Hawkes Bay and is the gateway to Lake Waikaremoana, Mahia Peninsula and the wilderness of Te Urewera National Park. Wairoa in Maori means ‘Long Water’ and is located on the banks of the expansive Wairoa River, which provides an excellent and sheltered venue for water-skiing, jet boating and rowing. The town offers a pleasant, relaxed lifestyle, perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors. Read more...

Central Hawke's Bay

Central Hawke’s Bay runs from Pukehou and Otane in the north to Takapau in the south, and is bounded on its west side by the Ruahine Ranges and the Pacific coast to the east. It offers plenty of options for getting off the beaten track to explore the area in your own time, with walking, cycling and back country fishing just some of the possibilities. Read more...

Napier

Napier, located by the sea, is often referred to as the Art Deco Capital. Rebuilt in the 1930's to refelct the era, Napier is a must visit city dedicated to celebrating its past with amazing events and activities showcasing its rich heritage. Read more...