Hawke’s Bay - a year-round holiday destination

dining Hawke’s Bay Wine Country is New Zealand’s leading food and wine region. With over 2200 hours of sunshine, Hawke’s Bay is a year-round holiday destination with an eclectic mix of visual and sensory experiences.

Located on the east coast of the North Island, the landscapes of Hawke’s Bay begin with the high, forested Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges. From the mountains the land sweeps down towards the coast, flattening out to become the Heretaunga Plains. A number of wide rivers, excellent for fishing, run swiftly to meet the blue Pacific Ocean and glorious beaches which stretch from Mahia in the north to Porangahau in the south.

Wairoa is the main town of Northern Hawke’s Bay and is the gateway to Lake Waikaremoana, Mahia Peninsula and the wilderness of Te Urewera National Park.  Wairoa in Maori means “Long Water” and is located on the banks of the expansive Wairoa River

ballooningNapier, the city by the sea, is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture; stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries, local fresh produce and national tourist attractions.  A landmark of Napier is Bluff Hill, which is home for many Napier residents and provides views of the town beaches of Perfume Point and Westshore, past the newly upgraded airport and out towards Whirinaki. Bluff Hill also overlooks the Port of Napier, one of New Zealand’s busiest ports, transporting timber, local fruit and meat products to worldwide destinations. Over summer luxury cruise liners berth.

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 also perfect for grape growing.  Hastings is a showcase of Spanish Mission-style architecture and enjoys a diverse range of cultural attractions including the Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre.

Havelock North is dubbed the heart of Hawke’s Bay Wine Country and is surrounded by many of New Zealand’s top wineries including Te Mata Estate and newcomer Craggy Range.  Havelock North (five minutes east of Hastings) has grown rapidly over recent years but has retained its ‘village’ feel.

The towns and villages of Central Hawke’s Bay provide enchanting traces of early settlement to the region. The area has plenty of historic homesteads and stately gardens to wander through.

dining2For further information on the Hawkes Bay region please visit www.hawkesbaynz.com

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