Hawke's Bay is located on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is a great spot to visit with endless things to see and do for the whole family. Once you arrive, you will fall in love with this beautiful spot and all it has to offer. We are excited to bring international players and visitors to this part of New Zealand to celebrate this significant event the 'Festival of Hockey'.
Locals love to tell visitors about our fantastic Hawke’s Bay weather, boasting that it is “the best in New Zealand” but there is much more to Hawke’s Bay than its Mediterranean climate.
Boasting 170 vineyards, more than 70 wineries, traditional farmers markets and fabulous fresh produce it’s no surprise Hawke’s Bay is widely recognised as New Zealand leading wine and food region. It is also New Zealand’s oldest wine region with Mission Estate Winery being the first winery in 1851.
Scenic highlights include Te Mata Peak and the dramatic Cape Kidnappers, home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the top 50 golf courses in the world. Throw beautiful white sand beaches into the mix and you may never want to leave.
Visitors can enjoy al fresco dining at one of the many award winning winery restaurants or follow the food and wine trails to experience the best of the cellar doors and farm gates-you can self drive or take a tour with one of the local guides by car, bus or bicycle.
No visit to Hawke’s Bay is complete without a tour of the Art Deco City of Napier-20 000 people a year opt to take a guided walk through its unique streets to discover the history of the 1931 earthquake that shaped the region. Outdoor lovers can go further afield and enjoy the Hawke’s Bay Trails that link the cities of Napier, Hastings and Havelock North.
Home to three of New Zealand’s 19 Great Rides-Hawke’s Bay is a mecca for cycling enthusiasts and also has one of the country’s top ranking mountain bike parks. Other outdoor activities include excellent trout fishing and over 35 nature walks including a stunning 3-5 day walk of Lake Waikaremoana in Te Urewera National Park.
Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its vast array of fresh local produce, farmers markets and farm gates and artisan producers. Asparagus, strawberries, apples, pears, olives are just some of the fresh produce grown locally throughout the year.
Hawke’s Bay has been making wine for over 100 years, making it New Zealand’s oldest wine region. Over 80 per cent of the country’s plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes are grown here, earning the region an established reputation for producing high quality red wines.
The region bears the former name of what is now Hawke’s Bay, a large semi-circular bay which extends for 100 kilometres from northeast to southwest from Mahia Penisula to Cape Kidnappers.
The region consists of Wairoa District, Hastings Distruict, Napier City, and Central Hawke’s Bay district, as well as the town of Taharua in Taupo District and the town of Ngamatea in Rangitikei District.