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The Hawke’s Bay region, where warm sunny summers and crisp winter frosts create an arena perfect for horticulture, is known as the ‘fruit bowl’ of New Zealand, particularly renowned for its apples and kiwi fruit.

Of greater interest to most visitors, however, are the many local wineries. On the fertile plains between Napier and Hastings lies a veritable treasure trove of vineyards, producing wines of international quality.

Around Hawke's Bay

Stretching along the coast, the crescent-shaped bay and jagged promontory of Cape Kidnappers was so named by Captain Cook who promptly set sail after the local Maori attempted to carry off his translator.

It is now home to the world’s largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony: the birds can be seen preening, performing their unique ritual dance of recognition and surfing the wind currents over the cerulean sea.

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Places to visit in Hawke's Bay

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Hawke's Bay, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Hawke's Bay

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Hawke's Bay, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Hawke's Bay

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    Places in and around Hawke's Bay

    Accommodation choices for Hawke's Bay

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Hawke's Bay. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hawthorne Country House, Napier & Hawke's Bay

      Hawthorne House

      First Class

      Located in the heart of the Hawke's Bay wine region, Hawthorne House is an Edwardian Villa that offers a great base from which to explore the Art Deco attractions of Napier, coastline and the region's wineries.

    • Owners cottage, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier & Hawkes Bay

      The Farm at Cape Kidnappers


      The Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers luxury accommodation, plenty of activities and incredible views out across the mighty Hawke's Bay.

    • Breckenridge Lodge, Napier & Hawkes Bay

      Breckenridge Lodge

      First Class

      Breckenridge Lodge is nestled in the valley of Omarunui. With only five guest rooms the lodge is personal and intimate, and each room is luxurious and private, facing out over the endless vines.

    • Cobden Garden Homestay, Napier

      Cobden Garden Homestay


      Just a ten minute stroll from the center of the city of Napier, the Cobden Garden Homestay's three guest rooms with spacious en suite facilities, offer a cozy night's rest.

    • Crown Hotel, Napier & Hawke's Bay

      Crown Hotel


      The Crown Hotel overlooks the waterfront in the village of Ahuriri, Napier, and offers stylish and unique guest suites, ranging from studios to two bedroom luxury apartments.

    • Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Napier & Hawke's Bay

      Art Deco Masonic Hotel


      Whilst the exterior structure of this hotel remains basically unchanged from when it was first built in 1861, the hotel has undergone a tasteful facelift, restoring many of the features that make it an Art Deco icon.

    Ideas for experiencing Hawke's Bay

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Hawke's Bay, and which use the best local guides.

    • Hawke's Bay Wine Tour
      Hawkes Bay winery

      Hawke's Bay Wine Tour

      Hawke's Bay Wine Tour

      This afternoon (half day) wine tour will take you to four of the region's excellent wineries, where you will have the opportunity to taste and purchase some of the wines for which the area is famous.

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