Hastings

Travel Guide
Te Mata Peak showing tranquil scenes and landscape views

Let the heart of Hawke’s Bay entertain you with art and 1930s architecture, locally grown red wine and stone fruit, and a wildlife experience at the world’s largest gannet colony.

Hastings is central to all the varied cultural and outdoor delights of Hawke’s Bay. The sea and Te Mata Peak surround the city, and a picturesque backdrop for historic Art Deco and Spanish Mission buildings. With its own opera house, several art galleries and studios, and a warm sunny climate, Hastings is the perfect place for a diverse experience of New Zealand life.

The climate and rich soils surrounding the city are perfect for growing grapes, stone fruit and vegetables, so gourmet dining is guaranteed. The Hawke’s Bay region is known for its red wines. You can visit vineyards, chocolate producers, strawberry and asparagus farms as you cycle the Hawke’s Bay food trail.

For those who prefer a hike, Te Mata Peak provides a stunning view over Hastings and the ocean. Ascend through ancient Redwood trees, gaze over valley wetlands, and enjoy the view from the peak, where from a clear day you can see right to the snow capped peaks of Mount Ruapehu. Join a Maori tour guide to enhance your visit to Te Mate Peak by learning the legend of the giant who tried to eat his way through these mountains.

There is a similar Maori creation myth for the area at Cape Kidnappers, which is said to be a jaw bone used to hook up New Zealand’s north island. It’s also home to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets. You can take a tractor and trailer tour along the beach, with an incredible view of the cliffs, to the place where the spectacular sea birds nest and hunt.

The rare rainy day is an opportunity to tour the Hastings City Art Gallery, and museums in nearby Napier just over 10 miles (20 kilometers) away. Explore Napier’s Art Deco buildings to find antique bargains, and walk along the 1930s style boulevard by the sea.

Where to stay in Hastings

Apple Motor Inn
Apple Motor Inn
3 out of 5
409 Railway Road, Hastings, 4201
The price is NZ$110 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 3-star motel in Hastings. Enjoy free parking, WiFi and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
3.2/5 (172 reviews)
"It smelled real bad of cigarettes. There is no air conditioning so was too hot. Couldn’t leave windows open as they didn’t have security stays. Only skinny pillows. People came and started sanding window sills and smoking on the job while we were inside. We were moved to another room but not much ..."

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2022

Apple Motor Inn
Claremonte Motor Lodge
Claremonte Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
714 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings, 4120
The price is NZ$195 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 4-star motel in Hastings. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (254 reviews)
"A very well managed motel, clean, tidy and all one could want."

Reviewed on 19 Apr. 2022

Claremonte Motor Lodge
Valdez Motor Lodge
Valdez Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
1107 Karamu Rd Nth, Hastings, 4122
The price is NZ$200 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Hastings. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (221 reviews)
"Very Quiet, no road noise at all"

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2022

Valdez Motor Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Te Whare Rural Retreat and Caravan
Te Whare Rural Retreat and Caravan
Hastings, Hawke's Bay Region
The price is NZ$162 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Hastings. Enjoy a water park, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Hawke's Bay Racecourse and Hawke's Bay ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Great room for those quick overnight stays
"The room has two single beds which is all we needed, in a beautiful 103 yo building. Bathroom and kitchen are in a caravan right outside. Facilities can be considered cosy and compact. Host was lovely telling us about the property and surrounding areas"

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Te Whare Rural Retreat and Caravan
Cute and private self Contained Cottage
Cute and private self Contained Cottage
Hastings, Hawke's Bay Region
The price is NZ$167 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this cottage in Hastings. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park and on-site parking. Popular attractions Hawke's Bay Racecourse and Hawke's Bay Opera House are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Cute cottage
"Lovely clean cute cottage, nice and quiet, and close to town, Definitely will be staying again Lovely host,"

Reviewed on 3 Apr. 2022

Cute and private self Contained Cottage
Rural Retreat at the Berry Farm  Close To Hastings
Rural Retreat at the Berry Farm Close To Hastings
Hastings, Hawke's Bay Region
The price is NZ$197 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Hastings. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Our guests praise the overall value in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Enjoyed our stay
"A great base to explore the delights of Hastings and Havelock North. Very comfortable."

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2022

Rural Retreat at the Berry Farm Close To Hastings
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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