Hawke's Bay

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Napier which includes general coastal views and a beach
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.

Where to stay in Hawke's Bay

Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$144 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star beach motel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private hot tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (686 reviews)
"Ideal for families"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2022

Beach Front Motel Napier
Pebble Beach Motor Inn
Pebble Beach Motor Inn
4.5 out of 5
445 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$189 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star beach motel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and indoor private hot tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (453 reviews)
"Stayed for two nights for by boyfriend's birthday. Facility is clean and love soaking in the tub. Would definitely comeback again next time we are in Napier."

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 2022

Pebble Beach Motor Inn
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$215 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (997 reviews)
"There was a wonderful mix of cups, mugs, tea pot and coffee plunger but unfortunately these weren't all clean. The bases of the bedside lamps were also in need of a clean as they wete slighly sticky. However, everything else was great, the staff were friendly and the room was nice with a lovely ..."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2022

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
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.
The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$146 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,638 reviews)
"Everything was so much better than we expected! Service was amazing and the room we had was the best weve ever stayed in. But the food won our hearts haha we will definitely recommend and be coming back soon!"

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2022

The Nautilus Napier
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
4.5 out of 5
176 Dickens Street, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$189 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (749 reviews)
"Building presents well and is in a good location, friendly and helpful staff, good value for money."

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2022

Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
Seaside Cottage in Ahuriri
Seaside Cottage in Ahuriri
Ahuriri, Hawke's Bay
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Napier. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi and private gardens. Popular attractions National Tobacco Company Building and Napier ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Great place to stay
"This location was very convenient. Great beach."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2022

Seaside Cottage in Ahuriri
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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