The food and wine country of North Island’s Hawke’s Bay features grand open spaces that play host to incredible scenes as the sun rises and sets over the landscape. The region is a must-visit, so combine stays in Rotorua and Bay of Plenty for a contrasting holiday itinerary.
What you’ll love most about Napier & Hawke’s Bay
- Hawke’s Bay has a wealth of natural attractions including Te Mata Peak, the Mohaka River, Waimarama Beach and Bell Rock in the Maungaharuru Ranges
- The region’s climate is recognised as sharing similarities with coastal California, which is why in 1927, a large grove of 223 Sequoia trees were planted at the foot of Te Mata Peak to create a Redwood forest
- Taking lunch at Napier – New Zealand’s ‘Art Deco capital’, followed by a stroll around the boutique shops and a walk along the iconic Marine Parade is a nice way to spend an afternoon
- The region is perfect for wine-touring, with most wineries just a short drive from Napier. There are more that 200 vineyards in Hawke’s Bay to choose from, best known for producing Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot Cabernet blends