Cape Kidnappers
Cape Kidnappers
Cape Kidnappers

Hawkes Bay

The Hawke's Bay region encompasses the area around Hawke's Bay on the east coast of the North Island.


This region is known for its sunny climate, sheltered coastal plains and long-established vineyards. It is also one of the country's largest pip fruit growing areas. Napier, the main city of the region was razed by earthquake and fire in 1931, and rebuilt in the art deco style fashionable at the time. What makes Napier so special is that it has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings in the world.


Main Attractions/Activities
A unique attraction is the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Sanctuary, the largest mainland colony in the world. It can be reached by 4WD vehicles, tractor and trailer, unimog or four-wheel motorbike, and at low tide on foot.

The Art Deco Walk is a permanent attraction, but each February there is the Brebner Print Art Deco Weekend, a not too serious celebration of the art deco style. The Hawke's Bay vineyards are all within a short distance of Napier and Hastings cities, with over 30 open to the public for free wine tasting. Many also operate cafes and restaurants in both indoor and outdoor settings. The region is especially known for its fine Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.


Don't Miss

  • Art Deco Walk, Napier
  • Marine Parade, Napier
  • Visit to winery, Hastings/Napier
  • Cape Kidnappers
  • Gannet Sanctuary
  • Hawke's Bay Museum, Napier
  • Te Mata Peak - for expansive views over the countryside and the Bay
  • Country Gardens, Central Hawke's Bay

Main Centres

  • Napier - Art Deco city, with wine tasting and vineyard restaurants
  • Hastings - the fruitbowl of New Zealand, with wine tasting and vineyard restaurants