Hawke’s Bay – the Art Deco, Artisan and Avian capital of New Zealand
It’s main centre, Napier is known for its distinctive Art Deco architecture which was adopted during the rebuild after a large earthquake in 1931. In addition to the many landmark buildings, Hawke’s Bay in home to the world’s largest Gannet bird colony, delicious artisan farmers markets, world famous wineries and picturesque cycling trails.
Napier’s Art Deco Architecture Quarter Walking Tour
For a truly unique and specialised experience, visitors to the region of Hawke’s Bay region can enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Napier’s art deco landmarks. Your guide will tailor your tour to your particular interests, making this a highly personalised and educational experience.
Artisan Produce grown in the Fruit Bowl of New Zealand
Greater Napier and neighbouring Hastings are awash with orchards, vineyards and all manner of produce growers, earning Hawke’s Bay its title as Fruit Bowl of New Zealand. The Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Markets showcases their produce at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds every Sunday morning.
Head down to see, taste and purchase locally handmade artisan produce including cheeses, breads, ice cream, chocolates, meat products, seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. Wander at your leisure, meet and chat with the growers, listen to local music and discover the diverse culture of the region of Hawke’s Bay region.
A Cycling Utopia
Easy cycle trails link local wineries and can be cruised by mountain bike at your own leisurely pace. Unspoiled coastal vistas lead the way to imposing vineyards with sun-soaked landscapes that rival those of Europe’s most famous wine regions.
More adrenaline-seeking pedal-pushers can head to Te Mata Peak for epic views and thrilling mountain bike trails.
A Classic Car Tour Gives a Glimpse Into the Past
Sit back, relax and be transported back in time during a tour in a vintage 1930s car. The chauffeur-driven tour lets you concentrate on soaking up the gorgeous art deco sights of Napier and surrounding areas, making for a truly memorable car ride.
World’s Largest Nesting Gannet Bird Colony at Cape Kidnappers
A half-hour drive from Napier is the majestic Cape Kidnappers – natural habitat for the world’s largest nesting Gannet colony. These large, migratory seabirds return to the same roosting spot on this magnificent barren coastline each year between October and February, until the chicks are ready to fly. The natural phenomenon can be seen in person during a 4×4 guided safari tour where you can observe more than 20,000 gannets thriving in their native environment.