Let Hawke's Bay entertain you!
When Robbie Williams steps onto the stage at Mission Estate for two nights in November, concert goers should prepare for a sensational evening of entertainment.
But how can visitors coming to Hawke’s Bay for the concert, ensure they carry that vibe throughout the entire weekend?! Whoever you’re travelling with, here’s how to make the most of your weekend in the newest Great Wine Capital of the World!!
Come for Robbie, stay for everything else!
Come and live a wine supreme! Hawke’s Bay has officially been named the newest Great Wine Capital of the World! A huge accolade that honours the region’s wine tourism and lines it up alongside some of the leading wine destinations across the globes, including Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Adelaide, Rioja and more.
Discover Hawke’s Bay’s world class wine and tourism offerings including the likes of the Church Road TOM Experience, where history and food and wine combine, dine at Craggy Range, the country’s leading winery restaurant, experience the masterclass that is Heretaunga Wine Studio at Smith & Sheth, or simply pop into any one of the region's more than 30 cellar doors and sample the incredible wines that Hawke’s Bay is renowned for.
Ok fine; Robbie is actually singing about not being strong – but let’s ignore that for now and focus on the fun you can have showing your strength at adventure activities in Hawke’s Bay!
The Hawke’s Bay Trails are 200km of limestone trails that link city to countryside, winery to restaurant and café to gastro pub. Head out to the Te Awanga coast, cruise through the wine district of Bridge Pa, or simply cruise along the Napier waterfront.
Challenge your friends or family to 18 holes at Cape Kidnappers world renowned golf course. Completed in 2004, this spectacular golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Take it up another notch and attempt some axe throwing, archery and claybird shooting at Outfoxed or ride the rapids at Mohaka Rafting.
‘Feelin’ nice’? ‘Up all night’? Then the twin cities of Napier and Hastings are where you want to go!
East Block in Hastings is a fantastic starting point for a night out. Enjoy an aperitif at Hastings Distillers, dine at Craft & Social or Cellar 495, and finish with a cocktail at Funbuns. Or if you’re after something a little more relaxed, head to Brave Brewing – the local craft brewery that’s garnered a cult following.
In Napier, it’s your choice of cocktail and wine bars. From Teresa, a stylish hidden speakeasy where cocktails are theatre in their own right, to Matisse Wine Bar, with its incredible array of local, domestic and international wines, and Market St, where the craft beers are icy cold, Napier offers a flavourful night out!
If ‘lazy days are calling to you’, thankfully Hawke’s Bay has that covered too.
With more than 350km of open shoreline, head to the coast for some vitamin sea. Ocean Beach and Waimārama in Hastings District are universally praised for their long stretches of golden sand (perfect for nestling down and reading a book), while Napier’s Marine Parade and Westshore offer manicured walking and cycling paths alongside the ocean.
In true Food and Wine Country fashion, some of the best places to relax also offer delicious food and wine so ensure you have plenty of time allocated for lunch! Stick to the coast and visit Te Awanga Estate or Clearview Estate Winery for a relaxed winery lunch, or head inland to the likes of GodsOwn Brewery at Maraekakaho for craft beers and woodfired pizza.
When you’re ‘doing it for the kids’, you can’t go past Hawke’s Bay’s wildlife experiences.
Travel with Gannet Safaris Overland across rugged farmland to the world’s largest and most accessible gannet colony. Captivating champion divers and masters of the sea, Gannets are true acrobats. Watch the seabirds in their natural habitat – nesting, preening, dancing swooping and diving into the sea right before your eyes.
Discover an exciting world above and below the water at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Visit Penguin Cove and watch the Little Penguins feed and play. See stingrays, kingfish, hapuku, snapper, kahawai and other majestic native species swimming above you in the 1.5 million litre oceanarium tunnel, before spotting New Zealand’s native wildlife – the Tuatara and Kiwi.
Or, if you really want to tire them out, take the kids to Splash Planet, for an adrenaline-filled at Hastings preeminent waterpark.
Still need tickets?
Saturday 11 November is all but SOLD OUT, but there is still some availability for Sunday 12 November.
Only buy tickets from the official source - the Mission Estate Winery Concert website