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Hawkes Bay

Hawke's Bay New Zealand is a region of striking scenic contrast with dramatic sea cliffs, park-like farm lands, winding stony rivers and rugged hill country. Adding colour and interest to an already beautiful landscape are orchards, old homesteads, historic settlements, and vineyards of all sizes which produce internationally regarded fine wines.

The Hawke's Bay NZ region has a Mediterranean climate: sunny, dry and ideal for outdoor activities.

Northern Hawke's Bay's Wairoa district features sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, fresh water lakes, caves and trout fishing rivers. A visit to Te Urewera National Park is well worth it. Lake Waikaremoana is an unspoilt wilderness where native bush walks and water activities can be enjoyed. Towards the coast, Mahia Peninsula offers some of the best surfing, fishing and seafood in New Zealand. At the end of a busy day you can unwind in the Morere hot pools set amidst gigantic nikau palms.

For The Active Visitor

For the active visitor there is every outdoor adventure you can imagine from jet-boating between wineries, day walks, golfing, hot air ballooning, surfing, caving, paragliding, sailing, windsurfing or fishing for trout the size most people only dream about.

For those who enjoy water sports, rushing white water rivers lead to the Pacific Ocean, which is warm in summer, with safe beaches. Fish abound in the sea and trout in the rivers of Central Hawke's Bay, while Cape Kidnappers is home to the world's largest accessible mainland gannet colony. The Hawke's Bay NZ region has a Mediterranean climate: sunny, dry and ideal for outdoor activities.

Nature lovers can absorb the pristine scenery of Lake Waikaremoana, hike remote valleys or wander through the beautiful gardens that dot the region. Perhaps simply sit on a beach and soak in the serene beauty of an unspoiled paradise.

For urbanites, the twin cities of Napier and Hastings provide a wide variety of attractions for visitors. Napier, the Art Deco capital of the world, is world famous for its Art Deco architecture, a legacy of the great 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake. It is also well known for the many attractions along the Marine Parade including Marineland and the Aquarium.

Just 20 minutes drive away lies the city of Hastings with the surrounding countryside featuring a number of stunning vineyards and orchards. Hastings city itself boasts beautiful parks and unique Spanish Mission architecture, and is home to the Splash Planet water theme park.

For families there are beaches that stretch for miles and water theme parks that defy the imagination. Swim with dolphins, visit the Aquarium, see the amazing sight of the Cape Kidnappers Gannet colony.

Internationally Acclaimed Wines

Hawke's Bay NZ is one of the main winemaking areas in New Zealand, where internationally acclaimed wines are grown.

With a temperate coastal climate and young, free-draining soils Hawke's Bay winemakers have exceptional natural advantages. Regional differences add distinctive characteristics and enable a range of varietals to be sustainably grown.

Hawke's Bay is a niche producer of high-quality wine across a diverse range of varietals.

The oldest winery in New Zealand, the Mission Estate Winery, and its grounds are the venue for an annual concert, the Mission Concert, given by an international artist in February each year.

Many of the 30 or so wineries in the greater Napier/Hastings region have free tours or are open for visitors. The highlight for wine buffs is the annual Harvest Hawke's Bay wine festival held in early February.

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