Hawke’s Bay – famed for its distinctive art deco architecture – has buckets of sunshine and a fertile coastal landscape that infuses award-winning wines and gourmet food.
Having a warm, dry climate has helped Hawke’s Bay earn its reputation as “the food bowl of New Zealand” and become the country’s second-largest wine-producing region. It’s the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail and a popular destination for cycling around the vines.
The seaside city of Napier is an art deco marvel, rebuilt in the 1930s after it was devastated by a huge earthquake. Today, the city boasts one of the best concentrations of original art deco, stripped classical and Spanish mission architecture.
Hawke’s Bay hosts some of New Zealand’s most vibrant events, including the Art Deco Festival, Horse of the Year (the southern hemisphere’s largest equestrian show), the Hawke’s Bay International Marathon, and FAWC! Food and Wine Classic, a winter and summer event series celebrating the best of New Zealand’s food and wine.
Out of town, Hawke’s Bay offers outdoor adventures such as cycling, golfing at Cape Kidnappers or taking an overland safari or beach tractor ride to one of the world’s largest accessible mainland gannet colonies.
Visitors can hike iconic landscapes such as Te Mata Peak and Lake Waikaremoana, or relax on the glorious beaches stretching out along the Pacific coast.Weekend farmers’ markets are the place to shop for local produce and indulge in artisan gourmet food.