Hawke’s Bay is bulging with great things to do, places to stay, beaches, wildlife, and of course amazing food and wine.

Incredible weather, photogenic art deco architecture, a seaside town, and more than 70 wineries, are just some of the reasons to take time out in New Zealand’s oldest wine region. Hawke’s Bay is blessed with a Mediterranean climate, traditional farmers markets and fabulous produce.

Cycle vineyards and coastal pathways, experience al fresco dining and culinary trails, and take in the stunning scenery.

Did we mention Hawke’s Bay is the country’s leading producer of red wines?

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A few "must do's" in Hawke's Bay:

F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic

F.A.W.C! is a delicious event series of “out of the box” food and wine experiences, set in stunning locations throughout Hawke’s Bay, twice a year. In Winter, hunker down with roaring fires, musical notes and endless lashings of local produce prepared in warming ways.

Glasses of rich, full bodied reds will take centre stage as Hawke’s Bay’s food and wine heroes strut their stuff.

In Summer, Hawke’s Bay’s outstanding food and wine offering is showcased at breath-taking winery locations with live music, alfresco dining, deluxe BBQ’s, picnics and out of the box events.

3-12 November, 2017
Tickets on sale September 13

Eat out

Locals and visitors to Hawke’s Bay are big fans of eating out and there are some tremendously good places to start your gastronomic experience.

Napier’s Pacifica Restaurant recently took out the top honour at New Zealand’s premier dining competition the Cuisine Good Food Awards in 2017, winning Restaurant of the Year.

The celebrated wine industry has traditionally helped give Hawke’s Bay a strong wine and food profile, in recent years it’s the urban areas which are pushing ahead.

Don’t miss fellow award winners Bistronomy in Napier, Malo in Havelock North and Elephant Hill’s winery restaurant who have all achieved chef hat status, as well as Napier’s quirky Mister D and Emporium Eatery & Bar and the innovative 1024 restaurant in Hastings.

Eat fresh

The Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market is New Zealand’s oldest market and is on rain or shine every Sunday morning at the Show grounds in Hastings.

Imagine a place where you can buy food in the old-fashioned way.

Meet the grower, producer or maker, and talk with them about their products.

Hawke’s Bay Trails

No busy roads, no horns, no paparazzi – just the ambient scrunch of rubber tyres on packed lime.

Cycle trails are a recent addition to Hawke’s Bay.

There are three trails, 180 kilometres in total, providing a safe and not too strenuous way to cruise the coast or wobble your way around the wineries of Bridge Pa, and the Gimblett Gravels.

Explore Art Deco

Napier, the Art Deco City, is world-famous for its jazz age architecture which rose from the rubble and ashes of a disastrous earthquake and subsequent fires which devastated the city in 1931.

Take a tour or guide yourself through the fabulous Art Deco, Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission architecture of the region’s coastal city.

Te Mata Peak

Drive, bike or walk to the top. You can see the whole of Hawke’s Bay with 360 degree views from up here.

For the adventurous types, the peak also provides prime soaring sites for hang gliding and paragliding, mountain biking and road cycling, abseiling, orienteering and Nordic walking.