Lock in Wednesday 6 February / Waitangi Day in Hawke's Bay for the famous Mission Estate Winery Concert. Headlined by the legendary Phil Collins, it is guaranteed to be an extraordinary evening in the grounds of New Zealand's oldest winery, set in one of the country's most spectacular ampitheatres.
What's more, you've got yourself an instant mini-vacation to savour more of Hawke's Bay through the rest of the week and into the weekend! With four days (Thursday - Sunday) to explore our sun-soaked region, there's all sorts of opportunities to sample the very best of Hawke's Bay.
For a first-hand look at why Hawke's Bay is regarded among New Zealand's most celebrated growing regions, head along to one or more of our farmers' markets. 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. Alongside our highly regarded winery restaurants with their picture-perfect settings, is a burgeoning urban dining scene featuring cafes and restaurants which are producing astonishingly good food. Check our Food Guide for the ultimate introduction to eating in Hawke's Bay.
Cycle the Bay
The Hawke's Bay Trails are a 200km network of mostly flat, easy rising 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
With more than 200 vineyards, 75+ wineries and 30+ cellar doors, there's a reason we're known as Wine Country. Hawke's Bay is most famous for Merlot Cabernet blends, Syrah and Chardonnay. With so many options, we suggest picking a couple of regions and exploring those in more detail. Check out the Hawke's Bay Wine Map for more detail.
For the best possible experience, consider joining a guided tour. You'll benefit from your host's wealth of knowledge about the region, plus you won't need to worry about who is going to be the allocated driver.
The great outdoors
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. 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'. Walk, bike or drive to the top for the most spectacular outlook.
If it's golf you're after, Hawke's Bay boasts a varied selection of courses - see what award-winning sports reporter Martin Tasker thought when he played Hawke's Bay recently. There's more beaches, rivers, wetlands and waterfalls than you could possibly hope to see in just a few days, so be sure to check out our Great Outdoors Guide for all the information and recommendations.
With several days to play with, it's the perfect opportunity to pack up the car and explore more of the region. Wairoa is your gateway to Northern Hawke's Bay, with options to venture east to the popular Summer holiday retreat of Mahia Peninsula or north to the spectacular Lake Waikaremoana and it's 46km track - one of New Zealand's Great Walks.
South of Napier and Hastings is Central Hawke's Bay - the region's agricultural hub. For a highlights package, look no further than The Limestone Loop which takes in an eclectic mix of food, art, wine and retail that will have you meandering through CHB with a smile on your dial.