on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay is a large semi-circular bay that
for 100 kilometres from the Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers.
For food and wine lovers, the sunny Hawkes Bay region is a favourite destination. Known for its artisan food producers and local farmers’ markets in Napier, Hastings and Havelock North, the area has a rural charm, with a mix of steep hills and plains. The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the main population centres.
Blessed with a sunny Mediterranean-style climate, the Hawkes Bay region is New Zealand’s
second largest producer of wine and is particularly noted for some of New Zealand’s
chardonnays and merlot-based reds. No visit to the Hawkes Bay is complete without a
one of the many wineries for a tasting or a meal. Numerous orchards also produce apples,
stone fruit for export.
The city of Napier is famous worldwide for its art deco architecture, with many buildings preserved in the styles of the early 1930's. On February 3, 1931, Napier was rocked by a massive earthquake which flattened buildings and killed 260 people. The rebuilding of the time was in stripped classical, Spanish mission and art deco styles, some of it inspired by the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Guided Art Deco walking tours operate daily from the inner city and provide an entertaining insight into how Napier rebuilt itself in the architecture style fashionable in the 1930's.
At Cape Kidnappers, the land meets the ocean at the largest and most accessible mainland Gannet colony in the world, a truly awesome sight for wildlife lovers. Tours of the colony operate daily.
Cape Kidnappers is also the location of a world renowned golf course located high on the cliffs with spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean.