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Hastings District is the centre for all things wine and food. It covers a vast and scenic area boasting fabulous produce, traditional Farmers Markets and some of the New Zealand’s finest wineries.

Shop and dine in the chic village of Havelock North and the stunning Spanish Mission city of Hastings. The areas of Te Awanga, Haumoana and Clifton are well worth a day excursion as are the beautiful white sandy beaches of Waimarama and Ocean Beach.

The actual City/CBD of Hastings is home to cultural attractions such as the Hawkes Bay Opera House, many art galleries and a collection of impressive public art adorning the city streets. There are a regular line up of exciting events and performances hosted at the beautiful Opera House and tours around the historic building can be arranged.

Stunning landscape scenery includes Te Mata Peak and the dramatic Cape Kidnappers, home of the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the top 50 golf courses in the world.

Some must do’s when you are in Hastings include wine tastings in one of the 65 wineries found in the district, walk to the top of Te Mata Peak, a day in Havelock North, bike on one of the many trails, rise for an early morning hot air balloon ride, follow the Art Trail and have an ice cream at Rush Munro’s old fashion ice cream garden. For those wanting to cool off in the summer sun, then a visit to Splash Planet water-park is a great idea. Located in over 6.5 hectares of subtropical gardens, this theme park is a whole days fun with many rides and attractions to keep all the family happy.

For information and assistance on what to see and do or where to stay, visit the Hastings i-SITE Visitor Centre, situated in the magnificent Westermans Building. Designed in Spanish Mission style, it incorporates modern-day visitor services and facilities with striking architecture dating back to the 1930s. It is open seven days and conveniently located in the heart of the city. Tel 0800 VISIT US.