- Gannets, Cape Kidnappers – Hawke’s BayArt Deco Napier – Hawke’s Bay Right
Welcome to Hawke’s Bay –a mecca of diverse landscapes and stunning scenery.
Hawke’s Bay has a diverse and exciting natural landscapefrom magnificent national parks to marine reserves and picture perfect coastline. The great outdoors offersof activities including challenging walking tracks to the relatively sedate heritage trails and the tranquility of the region’s parks and gardens.
The Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges are two of New Zealand’s best playgrounds and offer great hunting, fishing and tramping, along with secluded natural hot springs and beautiful swimming spots. The Kaweka Conservation Park has extensive tracts of wild land ideal for those who like to explore unknown 4WD tracks.
Cape Kidnappers is home to the largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Nothing will quite prepare you for the experience that awaits at the Cape – this area presents a special, up close opportunity to observe the 20 000 + Gannets in their natural environment. Gannets have a wing span of up to 2 metres and an average weight of 2kgs. Whilst ungainly on land, these birds are designed for graceful flying and diving from great heights into the sea to catch fish. Access to Cape Kidnappers can be done on your own or with a specialised tour company.
Walking Tracks and Conservation sites
Hawke’s Bay has a wealth of natural attractions, many of which are protected within forest, wildlife, marine and historic parks and reserves.One of the finest is the Lake Waikaremona Track, which is rated one of the top 10 walks in New Zealand. The track is located within Te Urewera National Park. It is a 46 kilometre, three to four day tramping track of moderate difficulty following the lakeshore for most of its length. Magnificent forested scenery and plenty of opportunities for swimming and fishing are features of the walk, which can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Five huts and camping sites are available but must be booked ahead of your visit. Te Mata Peak, sitting high above Havelock North and Hastings, gives panoramic views of Hawke’s Bay. Hawke’s Bay boasts many other reserves waiting to be explored including the Tainui Reserve and the Mohi Bush Scenic Reserve, which runs along the Maraetotara River and features a stunning waterfall.
Beaches and coastlines
With 360 kilometres of coastline, Hawke’s Bay has a wide selection of beaches stretching from Mahia Peninsula in the north to Porangahau in the south. Offering golden sand to rockyshores beach goers can enjoy excellent swimming, fishing, kayaking and surfing.
Lakes and Rivers
Hawke’s Bay has several lakes to enjoy recreational activities. Many of these offer heritage or walking trails to enjoy land and water.