A SIX60 weekend in the Hastings District

Hastings will rock to the sounds of SIX60 on Saturday 23 January, when New Zealand's biggest live act takes to the stage at Hastings' Tomoana Showgrounds as part of their national summer tour. 
Concert details here

We may be a little biased, but we think planning a Hawke's Baycation around the SIX60 concert is a winning combination. For those celebrating Wellington Anniversary on Monday 25 January, there's even more reason to head up the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail for a long weekend in food and wine country.

The opportunities to savour Hastings and Hawke's Bay either side of the SIX60 concert are seemingly endless, but here's some inspiration to get you started.

Finest Wine

Warm up for the concert by sampling some of Hawke's Bay's finest wine at the annual Bridge Pa Wine Festival on Saturday afternoon. Featuring six wineries from the famous Bridge Pa Triangle wine growing district, the festival offers hop on / hop off buses to connect all the destinations. Each winery will also play host to entertainment and food offerings, making it an ideal warm up for the evening's main event.

Abbey Cellars, one of the stops for the Bridge Pa Wine Festival

The Greatest 

For a first-hand look at why Hawke's Bay is regarded among New Zealand's most celebrated growing regions, head along to the famous Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market in Hastings on Sunday morning. Buy direct from the growers and artisan producers, all the while enjoying a freshly-made coffee and pastry. 

World-class produce also makes very nicely for award-winning dining. The Hastings District is home to an amazing array of dining options, from Hastings city's bustling East Block 200 precinct, to the stylish streets of Havelock North, and the many, many winery restaurants dotted throughout the district. Check our Food Guide for the ultimate introduction to eating in the region. 

Fun Buns in Hastings city's East Block

White Lines

The Hawke's Bay Trails are a 200km network of mostly flat, easy-riding limestone trails which criss-cross the region, connecting our cities and towns with country, urban and coastal highlights. You're never far from your next stop, which generally includes delicious food and wine, and occasionally spectacular scenery. Check out the Cycling Guide for all the details on the trails, as well as bike hire and tours, and the local mountain bike parks. Hastings District highlights include the scenic Cape Coast ride taking in Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, and the Wineries ride around the famous Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle wine growing districts.

Cycling the Cape Coast on the Hawke's Bay Trails

So High

Hastings and Hawke's Bay is home to a wealth of natural attractions. From short strolls through to multi-day hikes, there's an assortment of walking options to suit all interests and levels of fitness. Be sure to check out our Great Outdoors Guide for all the information and recommendations. Don't miss the 99-hectare Te Mata Park in Havelock North, home of course to Te Mata Peak with its 360 degree views of the Bay atop a 399m 'sleeping giant'. Head to the top (walk, bike or drive) at sunrise or sunset for the most spectacular outlook. 

Sunrise over Te Mata Peak

Book your accommodation

Accommodation options abound in the Hastings District, ranging from luxury retreats and boutique hotels through to glamping and holiday parks. Check out the Accommodation Guide for your options, and get booking now!