Hawkes Bay Region Guide
This region encompasses the area around Hawkes bay on the upper central east coast of north island, with an abundance of sunshine, Mediterranean climate, grapevine covered hillsides and a thriving gourmet food and wine industry, the Hawke’s Bay is the Tuscany of the south Pacific.
Loved for its sunny climate, fabulous beaches and over 30 long established vineyards, it is also the fruit bowl of the north with the countries largest apple and pip fruit growing areas.
Napier, the main city of the region, has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings in the world.
It was razed to the ground by a massive Richter 7.9 earthquake and fire in 1931, and rebuilt in the art deco style giving it its own unique character……. Every February there is Art Deco Weekend, a celebration of the art deco style, a week long event not to be missed.
The Hawke's Bay vineyards are all within a short distance of Napier and Hastings, the other city in the region,many operate cafes and restaurants in both indoor and outdoor settings, the region is especially known for its fine Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.
Another unique attraction is the gannet colony on the very tip of Cape Kidnappers - believed to be one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world, Gannets are large sea birds with long, pointed wings and golden-yellow heads.
Most spectacular is their method of fishing, when whole flocks suddenly dive straight into the sea from a great height, at speeds of up to 145km/h.