Hawkes Bay is a region of striking scenic contrast with dramatic sea cliffs, park-like farm lands, meandering stony rivers and rugged hill country.
One of the main winemaking areas in New Zealand, internationally acclaimed wines are produced here. The oldest winery in the country, the Mission Estate Winery, and its grounds are the venue for the famous annual Mission Concert in February each year.
The city of Napier is world renowned for its art deco architecture, a legacy of a major earthquake back in 1931. It is also well known for the many attractions along its Marine Parade including Marineland and the Aquarium.
Just 20 minutes drive away lies Hastings with the surrounding countryside featuring a number of stunning vineyards and orchards. Hastings itself boasts beautiful parks and unique Spanish Mission architecture, and is home to the Splash Planet water theme park.
For the active there is every outdoor adventure you can imagine from jet-boating between wineries, day walks, golfing, hot air ballooning, surfing, caving, paragliding, sailing, windsurfing or fishing for trout. Please note, trout fishing is seasonal and permits may be required.
In the Northern Hawkes Bay the Wairoa district offers sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, fresh water lakes, caves and rivers teeming with trout.
Springtime in Hawkes Bay Wine Country is when local produce reigns supreme, from award winning wines to the freshest selection of quality primary produce you'll find in New Zealand.
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the traditional farmers market bursting with the delicate spring flavors of asparagus, strawberries, lettuces and herbs. Or visitors can tour one of many wineries steeped in history and surrounded by budding vines. Make the journey to Hawkes Bay Wine Country - you will not be disappointed.
The Hawkes Bay climate in summer is sunny, dry and ideal for outdoor activities.
A highlight for wine enthusiasts is the annual Harvest Hawkes Bay wine festival held in early February.
For families there are beaches that stretch for miles. Swim with dolphins, visit the Aquarium, see the amazing sight of the Cape Kidnappers Gannet colony. If you enjoy water sports, rushing white water rivers lead to the Pacific Ocean, which is warm in summer, with safe beaches. Mahia Peninsula offers some of the best surfing in New Zealand.
Fish abound in the sea and trout in the rivers of Central Hawkes Bay.
Autumn temperatures in the Hawkes Bay region are in the comfortable range of 71F (21C) to 54F (12C).
Autumn is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the late harvest and experience the dramatic change in scenery colour. Follow the Art of Wine Country art trail to enjoy a dazzling blend of fine art and crafts and discover over 50 home studios, workshops and galleries. Go on take a piece of Wine Country home with you. From Nuhaka to majestic Te Mata Peak, through to Central Hawkes Bay and the longest place name, Hawkes Bay is steeped in history and Maori legends. Take time to explore some of these spiritual areas and learn about New Zealand's unique culture. More information.
Hawkes Bay wine country is reknown as an all year round visitor destination. The crisp air, blue skies and afternoon warmth of the sun in winter will invigorate and revive the soul.
Winter is the season for citrus fruit and hearty vegetables, a trip to the farmers market is a must and there are plenty of food and wine events to tempt the taste buds. For the wine enthusiast the Hawkes Bay Winemakers Wine Auction in June can not be missed, while the Matariki Festival celebrating the Maori New Year is a must.
Winter is also romance kindled in Wine Country. Imagine a picturesque holiday cottage by the ocean perfect for a leisurely stroll along the deserted beach.
Imagine a crackling fire, sipping award winning Hawkes Bay red wine and enjoying a romantic dinner. Just imagine.
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