Did you know?

There are so many things considered 'must do' when you visit Hawke's Bay. Considered the Art Deco Capital by many, home to the world's largest Gannet Colony, New Zealand's oldest Farmers Market, over 70 wineries,and extensive cycle trails  - Hawke's Bay has plenty to keep all ages and stages fully occupied.

  • Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay is home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.
  • Hawke's Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine region. Mission Estate Winery which was New Zealand’s first winery is located in Taradale, Napier.
  • Hawke's Bay grows over 80% of the country's plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
  • Hawke's Bay has over 80 wineries, 40 with cellar doors and many offering tastings and local food.
  • Hawke's Bay is home to one of New Zealand’s oldest Farmers Market, held each Sunday morning at Showgrounds Hawke's Bay in Hastings.
  • Napier City is known as the Art Deco Capital and has one of the best and largest collections of original 1930’s architecture.
  • Hawke’s Bay is home to three of the official New Zealand Cycle Trails. The Wineries, Water and Landscape rides link numerous tourism activites and sights across Hawke's Bay and are easy for any age.
  • The National Aquarium of New Zealand is on Marine Parade in Napier and is the only place in New Zealand where you can swim with sharks.
  • Hawke's Bay has over 35 nature walks for you to explore.
  • The Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk in Te Urewera is one of the nine great walks of New Zealand
  • The Guinness Book of Records lists the Longest Place Name in the World  - Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu in Central Hawke's Bay.
  • Hawke's Bay Horse of the Year Show is the largest equestrian event in Australasia.
  • Splash Planet in Hastings City is New Zealand’s only water based theme park
  • The Cape Kidnappers and Ocean Beach Wildlife Reserve is the largest wildlife restoration project in New Zealand.
  • Cape Kidnappers Golf Course is ranked one of the top 50 golf courses in the world.