Explore Hawke’s Bay this Autumn


Things to do in Hawkes Bay

Nestled on the East Coast of NZ’s North Island, the Hawke’s Bay is a great year-round destination. Explore sun-kissed vineyards, rugged coastlines, and vibrant communities for an unforgettable journey through lush landscapes and flavours. Whether a wine lover, adventurer, or food enthusiast, Hawke’s Bay has many treasures to discover.

Hawke’s Bay typically basks in over 2,250 hours of sunshine annually, ranking among the sunniest regions in New Zealand.

Things to Do in the Hawke’s Bay

Accommodation in the Hawkes Bay. Hawke’s Bay offers a diverse range of accommodation options to suit every traveller’s needs and preferences. From luxury lodges and holiday homes to cosy motels and holiday parks, there’s something for everyone in this picturesque region.

Wine Tasting. Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its vineyards and wineries. Take a wine tour and explore the region’s acclaimed wine estates, including the famous Gimblett Gravels and Te Mata Peak.

Sip & Paint in Hawke’s Bay Unleash Your creativity with wine and art on an evening of painting, laughing and sipping with friends!

Cycling. The Hawke’s Bay region boasts scenic cycling trails, such as the Hawke’s Bay Trails. Rent a bike and pedal through picturesque landscapes, vineyards, and coastal areas.

Art Deco Architecture. Discover the unique Art Deco architecture in Napier, the region’s main city. Join a guided tour or explore the streets on your own to admire the beautifully preserved buildings.

Beach Activities. Enjoy the sandy beaches and coastal scenery. Popular spots include Ocean Beach, Waipatiki Beach, and Mahia Beach. You can swim, surf, sunbathe, or simply relax by the sea.

Horse Treks. Enjoy the stunning Hawke’s Bay scenery by horseback. From pine forest walks to river views these horse treks take you through stunning vistas and over a range of different terrains.

Take a Scenic Flight. Enjoy a sightseeing helicopter flight over Hawke’s Bay’s picturesque coastline or a helicopter ride over the stunning Kaweka and Kaimanawa Ranges, around Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park

Cultural Experiences. Visit local museums, galleries, and cultural centres to learn about Hawke’s Bay’s rich history and Maori heritage. The MTG Hawke’s Bay (Museum, Theatre, Gallery) in Napier is worth a visit.

Farmers’ Markets. Experience the region’s vibrant food scene by visiting farmers’ markets like the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market in Hastings. Sample fresh produce, artisanal foods, and local specialties.

Hiking and Nature Walks. Explore the region’s natural beauty by hiking in places like Te Mata Peak or the Kaweka Ranges. There are trails suitable for all levels, offering stunning views of the landscape.

Gannet Colony. Take a trip to Cape Kidnappers to see one of the world’s largest mainland gannet colonies. You can hike or take a guided tour to the colony and observe these fascinating seabirds in their natural habitat.

Golfing. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round of golf at one of the region’s picturesque golf courses, such as Cape Kidnappers Golf Course or Hastings Golf Club. Or try a round of mini golf with family and friends.

Farm Visits. Experience rural life by visiting local farms and orchards. You can go fruit picking, participate in farm tours, or enjoy farm-to-table dining experiences. Stay on a genuine working NZ farm for the ultimate farm experience.

Rental Cars. Find affordable car hire in the Hawke’s Bay.

Family Holidays in the Hawke’s Bay

For families visiting Hawke’s Bay, there’s an abundance of activities catering to all ages and interests.

Cycling. Explore Hawke’s Bay’s scenic landscapes on two wheels along the family-friendly Hawke’s Bay Trails. With flat, well-maintained paths suitable for all ages and skill levels, you can pedal through vineyards, past orchards, and along coastal routes, soaking in the beauty of the region.

Farm Tours. Experience rural life firsthand with a visit to one of Hawke’s Bay’s many family-friendly farms. From apple orchards to working sheep farms, there are plenty of opportunities for children to feed animals, pick fruit, and learn about farm life in a hands-on way.

Gannet Safaris. Embark on an unforgettable adventure to Cape Kidnappers to witness the majestic gannet colony up close. With no walking required, you will reach New Zealand’s largest privately-owned nature reserve – an untouched paradise for wildlife. Gannets, and other rare bird species have a secure space to live freely and to roam through the reserve.

Hiking for Families. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails in Te Mata Peak or the Tuki Tuki Valley for family-friendly walks amidst breathtaking scenery. Choose from short, easy hikes suitable for little legs or longer treks for older children, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the region.

Family-Friendly Dining. Indulge in delicious local cuisine at family-friendly eateries throughout Hawke’s Bay. From casual cafes serving up gourmet pizzas to waterfront restaurants offering fresh seafood, there’s something to satisfy every palate and budget.

Splash Planet. Dive into fun at Splash Planet, New Zealand’s premier water theme park located in Hastings. With a range of water slides, lazy rivers, and splash zones, it’s the perfect place for families to cool off and make a splash on a hot summer day.

Napier Aquarium. Delve into the fascinating underwater world at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier. Encounter a diverse array of marine life, including sharks, stingrays, and colorful tropical fish, and enjoy interactive exhibits and daily animal feedings.