Hawke’s Bay & Wairarapa

The Gourmet Garden

The gourmet garden of the North Island, the Hawke’s Bay region is renowned for great food, and even better wine. Over 30 wineries scattered around the region offer cellar doors for tasting, and are complemented by other epicurean local delicacies, such as olives and olive oil, local cheeses, honey and farm-fresh produce.

The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the region’s main population centres, both feature Art Deco architectural gems, as well as small galleries displaying the works of local artists.

The rugged coast between Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa is home to an abundant array of wildlife, from Cape Kidnappers, home to a large garnet colony, to Cape Palliser, the southernmost point on the North Island, home to a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals.

Although not as well known as Hawke’s Bay, the Wairarapa region also offers an eclectic mix of experiences for those who appreciate great wine, gourmet food, abundant wildlife and natural beauty. The region offers quaint, friendly towns, full-of-heritage museums, quiet cafes and art galleries, surrounded by rolling vine-clad hills, rows of apple orchards and olive groves, and fragrant fields of lavender.

Insiders' Tips

  • Local Delicacies: Make sure you visit the Hastings Farmers’ Market, or pick up a self-guided food and wine trail map at the local visitor’s centre.
  • Visit the Wineries: With 30 wineries surrounding Martinborough’s charming village square, you can sample premium wines without the need to drive.
  • Taumata Hill: The short version of the longest place name in New Zealand – be sure to visit, as the real name is too long to fit here!
  • Step Back in Time: Napier is famous for its Art Deco architecture which is on display around the city.
  • Wine & Food: Take time to taste some fantastic wine in the local wineries which often have great restaurants attached where you can sample local produce.
  • Hakikino: Visit Hakikino, a traditional Maori fort situated in the Waimarama region of Hawke's Bay.

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