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Welcome to Hawke’s Bay
Locals love to tell visitors about our fantastic Hawke’s Bay weather, boasting that it is “the best in New Zealand” but there is much more to Hawke’s Bay than its Mediterranean climate.
Boasting 170 vineyards, more than 70 wineries, traditional farmers markets and fabulous fresh produce it’s no surprise Hawke’s Bay is widely recognized as New Zealand leading wine and food region. It is also New Zealand’s oldest wine region with Mission Estate Winery being the first winery in 1851
Visitors can enjoy al fresco dining at one of the many award winning winery restaurants or follow the food and wine trails to experience the best of the cellar doors and farm gates-you can self drive or take a tour with one of the local guides by car, bus or bicycle.
No visit to Hawke’s Bay is complete without a tour of the Art Deco City of Napier-20 000 people a year opt to take a guided walk through its unique streets to discover the history of the 1931 earthquake that shaped the region.
Outdoor lovers can go further afield and enjoy the Hawke’s Bay Trails that link the cities of Napier, Hastings and Havelock North. Home to three of New Zealand’s 19 Great Rides-Hawke’s Bay is a mecca for cycling enthusiasts and also has one of the country’s top ranking mountain bike parks. Other outdoor activities include excellent trout fishing and over 35 nature walks including a stunning 3-5 day walk of Lake Waikaremoana in Te Urewera National Park.
Scenic highlights include Te Mata Peak and the dramatic Cape Kidnappers, home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the top 50 golf courses in the world. Throw beautiful white sand beaches into the mix and you may never want to leave.