Hastings

Travel Guide

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.

Claremonte Motor Lodge
Claremonte Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
714 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings
The price is NZ$175 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in Saint Leonards, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and Hawke's Bay Opera House. Hawke's Bay Racecourse ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (239 reviews)
"It was clean and tidy and the staff were super friendly."

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

Claremonte Motor Lodge
Portmans Motor Lodge
Portmans Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
401 Railway Road, Hastings
The price is NZ$180 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Located in the heart of Hastings, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre, Westerman's Building and Hastings City Growers Market. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (222 reviews)
"Easy to find, nice clean rooms, the shower was great and the beds were very nice"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Portmans Motor Lodge
Valdez Motor Lodge
Valdez Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
1107 Karamu Rd Nth, Hastings
The price is NZ$178 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in Mayfair, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cornwall Park, Splash Planet and Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre. Hawke's Bay Opera House and Westerman's ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (200 reviews)
"Modern, clean, and quiet"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Valdez Motor Lodge
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Te Whare Rural Retreat and Caravan
Te Whare Rural Retreat and Caravan
82 Tollemache Road East, Hastings, Hawke's Bay Region
The price is NZ$137 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
This family-friendly Hastings cottage is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Hawke's Bay Racecourse, Hastings City Growers Market and Hawke's ...
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
Rural Retreat at the Berry Farm  Close To Hastings
Rural Retreat at the Berry Farm Close To Hastings
82 Tollemache Road East, Hastings, Hawke's Bay Region
The price is NZ$172 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
This family-friendly Hastings holiday home is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Hawke's Bay Racecourse, Hastings City Growers Market and Hawke's ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (43 reviews)
Clean, comfortable, had everything we required.
"Very good, friendly hosts, quiet property."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Rural Retreat at the Berry Farm Close To Hastings
Chill out at Churchill
Chill out at Churchill
804 Churchill St, Hastings, Hawke's Bay Region
This family-friendly Hastings holiday home is located on the riverfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawke's Bay Opera House, Hastings City Growers Market and Westerman's ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Chill out in Hawkes Bay
"Process was super easy. Great communication. Beautiful house, felt like our home away from home. Cute lottle bottle of wine and choccys, everything was great. Thanks so much. Look forward to coming back"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2021

Chill out at Churchill
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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