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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 Māori 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

Places & hotels on the map

    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.

    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
      Hawke's 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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