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Hawkes Bay is made up of several areas, each with their own diverse and interesting traits.
Located on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Hawkes Bay spans from Mahia in the north through to Porangahau in the south, covering 1.42 million hectares and 350km of Pacific Ocean coastline.The main areas are Northern Hawkes Bay – encompassing Wairoa, Mahia and Lake Waikaremoana – Hastings, Havelock North, Napier and Central Hawkes Bay.
Northern Hawke’s Bay
Northern Hawke’s Bay is a popular destination for outdoor adventure and wildlife and wilderness. The rivers and coastline offer well-recognized trout fishing and excellent seafood with whitebait spots, deep sea fishing, surfcasting and underwater fishing all available. Wairoa is the main township and is located on the banks of the expansive Wairoa River, which provides an excellent and sheltered venue for water-skiing, jet boating and rowing.
Mahia Peninsula is surrounded by the deep blue and crystal clear Pacific Ocean, which breaks onto a mix of black and white sand and rocky beaches. It is a mecca for activities like fishing, diving, kayaking and surfing.
Lake Waikaremoana is famous for its fresh water trout fishing and hunting. The lake is set on the southeastern boundary of Te Urewera National Park – the third largest in New Zealand extending over some 225,000ha and the largest untouched native forest in the North Island. Birdlife here includes up to 35 fully protected native species. New Zealand’s only two native land mammals, both species of bats, inhabit the park. The 46km walking track is listed as one of the Ten Great Walks of New Zealand.
Napier, the city by the sea, is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture, events and festivals, stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries, local fresh produce and national tourist attractions. Supported by a mediterranean climate and over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year, this popular year-round destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture amongst the splendor of the Art Deco buildings. Around 30 cafes are within walking distance of the central city area.
Taradale, a 10 minute drive south of Napier, is home to several world famous wineries including Mission Estate and Church Road. The Mission Estate Concert is an annual iconic event that attractsd some of the biggest names in entertainment.
The long hot summers and mild winters of the Hastings district provide the perfect stimulant for a wide variety of delicious fresh produce. Orchards are abundant and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Hastings District boasts some of the regions 70+ wineries where wine tasting, as well as al fresco dining, can be enjoyed. Hastings is a showcase of Spanish Mission-style architecture and enjoys a diverse range of cultural attractions and annual festivals with the central city displaying an impressive range of public art.
Havelock North (five minutes drive east of Hastings) has grown rapidly over recent years but has retained its ‘village’ feel. The cafe culture is alive and kicking, as is the art scene with several galleries and studios. Te Mata Peak rises 400 majestic metres above sea level and provides stunning 360 degree views of Hawke’s Bay. .
Central Hawke’s Bay
The towns and villages of Central Hawke’s Bay provide enchanting traces of early settlement to the region. Visits to historic homesteads and their stately gardens, wild east coast beaches, bushwalks in the Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges and trout fishing are all exciting options for visitors.