Hawkes Bay is located on the east coast of North Island, promoted as the
‘Hawke’s Bay Wine Country’, it is New Zealand’s leading food and wine region.
From the forested Ruahine and Kawkeka Ranges, the mountains sweep down towards
the coast, flattening out into the Heretaunga Plains. With its wide rivers
providing excellent places to fish, it also has great beaches stretching from
Mahia in the north to Porangahau in the south.
As well as being the oldest
winemaking region, producing award winning red wines, Hawkes Bay is also home to
fresh local produce, a vibrant art scene and a rich Maori culture.
In 1931 an earthquake flattened most of Napier and Hastings. The cities were
soon rebuilt in the architectural styles of the time, including Spanish Mission,
Stripped Classical and Art Deco1. These building
styles are still visible today, with Hawke’s Bay considered as the ‘Art Deco
Capital of the World’.
Hawkes Bay is made up of several areas, from Mahia in the north through to
Porangahau in the south, with the main areas being Northern Hawkes Bay, Havelock
North, Napier and Central Hawkes Bay.
Central Hawkes Bay stretches from the mountain slopes of the Ruahine
Ranges to the sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean and encompasses the settlements
of Otane, Ongaonga, Porangahau, Pukehou, Takapau, Tikokino, Waipawa and
Hastings District encompassing Havelock North, is a vast scenic area
that is a wine and food centre, offering some of New Zealand's finest wineries
and fantastic produce, combined with numerous cultural attractions and events.
Havelock North is promoted as the heart of the Hawkes Bay Wine
Napier is world renowned as the ‘Art Deco City’ that includes the Port
of Napier, Ahuriri and Taradale.
Wairoa District (Northern Hawkes Bay) whose main town is Wairoa and is
the gateway to Lake Waikaremoana, Mahia Peninsula and Te Urewera National Park.
In addition to our online travel guide info, contact the local tourism
visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and