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Hawke's Bay Holiday

Hawke's Bay Cycle between vineyards, beaches and art galleries, visit a gannet colony, immerse yourself in Maori culture and Napier’s Art Deco architecture. 

Hawke’s Bay comprises the Art Deco town of Napier, the foodies’ haven of Hastings, the wineries of Taradale, and diverse forest, mountain and ocean ecosystems. Explore the vineyards on a cycle trail, take a hike to a hot spring, and view the bay from the Te Mata Peak.

The two main towns of Hawke’s Bay, Napier and Hastings, were rebuilt in the Art Deco and Spanish Mission styles after an earthquake in 1930. Although it’s easy to spend hours just photographing the Art Deco architecture of Napier, there are also antiques and nostalgia stores, a cultural and natural history museum, an aquarium and seaside boulevards to be enjoyed. Just a few minutes drive away is Hastings, a foodies’ heaven surrounded by fertile fruit and vegetable farms and vineyards, and cheese producers. Enjoy Hastings’ public parks and gardens, and the Spanish Mission architecture in the warm and sunny climate of the Bay. 

Nature is never far from these twin towns. Te Mata Peak near Hastings, has hiking and cycling trails up to a viewing platform 1300 feet (400 meters) above sea level with spectacular views over Hawkes Bay. Take a tractor tour along the beach at Cape Kidnappers to see the largest mainland gannet colony in the world. Cycle the oceanfront, around coastal villages, or between vineyards on one of the cycle trails.

At the northern tip of the bay are some more secluded spots. Explore the native beech forests as you hike in to the Morere Hot Springs, for a relaxing sit in the thermal pools. Beaches span the whole coast but are best for swimming and surfing at the picturesque Mahia Peninsular. To the south of Hastings is Waimarama, where the Maori fortress Haikikino once stood. Take a tour at Haikikino to see the remains of the village, learn about traditional foods, and immerse yourself in Maori legends and cultural practices. 

Throughout the warmer months Hawkes Bay is alive with food and wine festivals and music in the parklands. Napier’s famous Art Deco Weekend in February, when vintage cars, jazz, dancing and costumes attracts thousands of tourists annually.


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Scenic Hotel Te Pania NZ$165
Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2019
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Didn't have a pool or exercise room. Room was very well maintained and nice

    The Nautilus Napier NZ$86
    Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2019
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    The Nautilus Napier

    The Nautilus Napier

    387 Marine Parade, Napier
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Lovely outlook of ocean from 1st floor room. The spa type hot tub in the room was a bonus too!

      Beach Front Motel Napier NZ$104
      Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2019
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      Beach Front Motel Napier

      Beach Front Motel Napier

      373 Marine Parade, Napier
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        The spa pool was excellent. Room clean and very well maintained.

        expressotel NZ$93
        Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2019
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        expressotel

        expressotel

        Corner Clive Square and Tennyson Streets, Napier
           
          4.4 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Great location. Pleasant enough. However Other guests were very noisy. Stomping their feet slamming doors.

          Porters Boutique Hotel NZ$192
          Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2019
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          Porters Boutique Hotel

          Porters Boutique Hotel

          4 Te Aute Road, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay
             
            4.6 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0

            The location is excellent right in the city. The rooms are absolutely lovely and the bathrooms are lovely to. Would HIGHLY recommend this hotel.

            Edgewater Motor Lodge NZ$116
            Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2019
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            Edgewater Motor Lodge

            Edgewater Motor Lodge

            359 Marine Parade, Napier
               
              4.4 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Right on the beach. A short walk to town. Beautiful views across the ocean.

              Art Deco Masonic Hotel NZ$150
              Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2019
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              Art Deco Masonic Hotel

              Art Deco Masonic Hotel

              2 Tennyson Street, Napier
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0

                The overall property is nice and styled well and it is a relaxing friendly atmosphere. Managing the temperature in the shower was a challenge with wild swings between hot and cold.

                Valdez Motor Lodge NZ$137
                Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2019
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                Valdez Motor Lodge

                Valdez Motor Lodge

                1107 Karamu Rd Nth, Hastings
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Very friendly staff at check in and check out, and nice space for a family ... Two level space with sleeping for 5was very nice for out family. Space was a little warm because we arrived late and weren't able to open the windows earlier, but a fan was provided in the room which helped to cool off ...

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