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Hawkes Bay

Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites. The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place for bicycle wine tours.

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Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s Art Deco centre, rebuilt in the 1930’s after a huge earthquake. It hosts the country’s most elaborate celebrations of Matariki – the Maori New Year. It’s a place where you can shop at the farmers’ market for locally grown delicacies, indulge in artisan gourmet food, and join the lunchers at Napier’s Great Long Lunch. And it’s a place where you can walk the forest trails of the Ruahine and Kaweka Forest Parks, visit the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony or relax on the glorious beaches that stretch along the coast.

Top Things to See and Do: 

  1. Discover over 30 wineries open for wine tasting
  2. Visit the traditional farmers market in Hastings
  3. Try an orchard, farm, honey, cheese or chocolate tour
  4. Tour the city of Napier with an Art Deco tour guide
  5. Hot air balloon safari over the plains
  6. Swim with the sharks at the National Aquarium of New Zealand
  7. Dive, snorkel or walk in the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve
  8. Paddle a kayak down the Mohaka or Tukituki River

Weather/ Climate: 

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius)  Seasonal Comments
Spring  9°C to 19°C
Summer 14°C to 24°C
Fall  10°C to 20°C
Winter 5°C to 14°C
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