Gone are the days of Hawke’s Bay being passed off as just another colonial province; the destination has now become one of the most sought after weekend getaways in New Zealand. While the award-winning wineries here are the show stoppers now, other attractions such as picturesque beaches, fabulous art deco architecture, and discerning culinary culture offer loads of delightful distractions. Located on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Hawke’s Bay welcomes you with a fascinating blend of nature, history, and culture. Here is a quick guide on some must-do activities in the region.
Explore Art Deco Napier
No visit to Hawke’s Bay is complete without admiring Napier’s exquisite art deco architecture. So striking is the design and look of the city’s buildings that even the ones who have no inertest in architecture are impressed. Head to the Art Deco Centre to see some of these spectacular buildings! The architectural marvels found in the CBD and around Marine Parade are also worth exploring.
Biking Tour to the Nearby Vineyards
Wine enthusiasts would be glad to know that the Hawke’s Bay is home to over 70 vineyards, many of which are nationally acclaimed. Rent a bike and paddle your way to some of these award-winning wineries. Mission Estate is one of the local favourites and also among the oldest wineries in New Zealand. Apart from their excellent wines and overall hospitality, you will be awed by the gorgeous views en route. The Gimblett Gravels and the Ngatarawa Triangle, two neighbouring wine regions, are other favourite biking destinations.
The coastal beauty of Hawke’s Bay is rare and timeless. The 360 km long coastline here boasts a variety of beaches that appeal to one and all. Some are serene and secluded, while others are crowded with locals and tourists. Waimarama Beach is a popular coastal resort, famous for its gorgeous beauty. Waipatiki Beach is another picturesque venue that attracts tourists with its lively settlement of native bush and a vast stretch of soft sands. Ocean Beach is relatively less developed and is popular among surfing enthusiasts as well as couples.
Drink and Dine to Your heart’s Content
Hawke’s Bay’s dining and clubbing scene is also impressive. Head to the West Quay, and you’ll be baffled with the choice of swanky bars, clubs, and restaurants, serving excellent local fare along with a wide selection of wines. Napier is also considered a party town, with its eclectic array of dining and drinking avenues. Some popular places to quench your thirst here are the Gintrap, Thirsty Whale, and Emporium.