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Hawkes Bay

hawkes bay

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The region of Hawkes Bay is blessed with a temperate climate, delicious fresh produce and award winning wineries. There is always something happening here with a huge selection of events, concerts and festivals held annually. The main area’s that make up the Hawkes Bay are Napier, Hastings, Havelock North, the northern beaches of Wairoa and Mahia and Lake Waikaremoana in the Te Urewera National Park.

Hawkes Bay attractions and activities take advantage of the region’s natural beauty and include cycle tours, hot air ballooning, white water rafting and kayaking. A must do while you are in the Hawkes Bay is a visit out to the Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. A guided tour will get you just metres from one of the largest gannet colonies in the world. The art deco City of Napier has an interesting collection of historical buildings to explore either by self guided maps or on a guided tour. The architecture has evolved from a destructive earthquake that required the entire City to be reconstructed and tours of this reconnaissance provide an interesting insight into the Hawke’s Bay’s interesting history.

Along with an excellent dining and entertainment scene in the cities and towns, there are over 70 Hawkes Bay wineries for food and wine lovers to visit either by bike, coach or car. Trendy eateries combine with vineyard restaurants, waterfront alfresco dining and historical pubs to offer a variety of dining styles to suit all budgets. local holiday lodgings comes in a variety of styles from motels and backpackers through to charming cottages and self contained apartments. Hawkes Bay tours to enjoy include winery tours, cultural tours and scenic tours of the area’s top attractions. A visit to the Hawkes Bay would not be complete without a visit to the Farmer’s Market, held in Hastings every Sunday morning.

The markets are the oldest in New Zealand and feature local produce, artists and musicians in a festive atmosphere. After all the food and wine you can walk it all off on one of the may tracks in the Te Urewera National Park. The Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk is among the top 10 best walks in the country so if you have 3 or 4 days to spare and a good set of hiking boots you will be rewarded with some magnificent scenery. Huts and camping areas provide accommodation along the way. Those with less time and less experience will enjoy the one hour wheelchair friendly trail. Boating and fishing are popular attractions and activities in and around the lake. To book your next Hawkes Bay holiday on New Zealands North Island's, talk to us today about preparing a travel package to suit your needs and budget.