The two main cities of this region, Napier and Hastings, each have their own unique charm.
With a vibrant art scene and a rich Maori culture, this part of New Zealand is a delight for wine lovers, nature enthusiasts and history buffs. Thanks to ideal growing conditions, Hawke’s Bay is a hotspot for New Zealand wine.
It is also known for producing some of the country’s finest lamb and beef. You can sample both at the restaurant at Mission Estate, the oldest winery in New Zealand.
Take a tour of the many superb wineries in the region, including Church Road Winery and Ash Ridge – and bring home a bottle or two. As well as offering delicious wines, gorgeous scenery, dramatic coastal cliffs and historic Art Deco architecture, this region also hosts a number of great events throughout the year including jazz concerts and wine events. In February you can celebrate Art Deco Weekend – a time warp back to the 1930s with costumes, live music, food and entertainment.
Or, if you'd just like to relax, breath in the beautiful natural rolling hills on offer and take a short walk.