Hawke's Bay Spring Events Guide

Hawke's Bay plays host to an impressive line-up of events throughout spring and into early summer - perfect for a pre-Christmas break in New Zealand's Food and Wine Country.

Check out the list below for how, when and where to entertain yourself! For a full list of events, you can also check out our What's On Guide.



Spring Fling Central Hawke's Bay

Spring is a stunning time of year in Central Hawke's Bay and this year's Spring Fling is a wonderful showcase of the region with gorgeous events at our historic homesteads, stunning coastal walks, boutique markets and the beautiful Tukituki Trails.



14 - 30 October

Hawke's Bay Arts Festival

The 8th annual Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival offers a varied and accessible programme across a range of art forms, including theatre, music, dance, opera, comedy, family events, visual arts and a weekend of literary events. With 65 shows over the two-week period, there is something for everyone.



15 October

Livamol Classic

Tradition, fashion, style and heart-stopping racing unite in a glorious setting at the grand finale of Hawke's Bay's Spring Racing Carnival - the Livamol Classic.



24-25 October

Hawke's Bay Art Trail

Be your own art tour guide! Grab an Art Trail map and over Labour Weekend take an inspiring meander around Hawke's Bay artists' studios, galleries and pop-ups. Visit our makers and creators in their special places, hear their visions and processes, and of course, buy their work!

No tickets required


4-13 November

F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic

Hawke’s Bay F.A.W.C! is a glorious blend of local and visiting talent, mouth-watering produce to rival any region, enticing event themes to suit all manner of tastes, and stunning venues to showcase the lot. F.A.W.C! returns in fantastic fashion with a spectacular programme of 50 hotly anticipated events to kick start your summer.



5 November

SIX60 Saturdays

In true SIX60 fashion, 2022 sees the band going big once again announcing six massive stadium shows across Aotearoa. This is the first time any artist has embarked on a 100% stadium tour throughout all of New Zealand. This. Is. History. Be at McLean Park for the venue's first-ever full stadium concert.




12 November

Craft Beer and Food Festival

From the producers of the Auckland and Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festivals, comes the Hawke's Bay Craft Beer and Food Festival, held at Napier's Tremain Field. The event will bring together a huge number of breweries, distilleries, vineyards and artisanal food providers from across NZ. 



12 November

Cape Kidnappers Trail Run

This spectacular course is set on private land and includes trails by windswept beaches, native forest, waterfalls, river gorges and stunning coastal farmland. 



12 November

The Enchanted Ball, supporting Te Mata Park

Set in an idyllic secret location with the stunning surrounds of the Hawke’s Bay landscape, the location sets the scene for the most magical of celebrations with locally produced fare, live music, DJ's, performers, and an outstanding selection of beverages.




19 November

Urban BBQ Festival

Urban BBQ Festival is back for a second round of meat, music and BBQ mayhem. More food vendors, more BBQ supplies, demos, tastings and a rocking line up of music and entertainment that will keep you by the pits all day long. Now in the Waikoko Gardens, it's the perfect spot to spread out and enjoy an epic day of BBQ and good times.



22 November

BLACKCAPS v India, T20 at McLean Park

Catch all the action as the New Zealand BLACKCAPS take on the rockstars of world cricket - India, at Napier's McLean Park. Be ready for lots of big hits and excitement!



25 November

Groove Armada NZ Tour

One of the globe's biggest big beat electronic dance acts Groove Armada will be touring with their full live band experience across New Zealand this spring as part of their 25 Years farewell tour. The four-date tour features a performance at Napier's Church Road Winery.


3 December

IronMāori TOA

Hawke's Bay is home to the world's first indigenous full distance triathlon. Get along to support these incredible athletes as they tackle a 3.8km ocean swim, 180km cycle, and 42.2km marathon run in some of Hawke's Bay's most stunning locations.

More info


11 December

Jack Johnson 'Meet the Moonlight' Tour

Multi-platinum musician Jack Johnson makes his welcome return to New Zealand playing all your favourite songs outdoors and under the stars, touring in support of his latest studio album, ‘Meet The Moonlight’. Joining Jack on will be The Black Seeds with their new album LOVE & FIRE.



14 December

WHITE FERNS v Bangladesh, ODI at McLean Park

Catch all the action as the New Zealand WHITE FERNS battle against Bangladesh, at Napier's McLean Park. Be ready for lots of big hits and excitement!