About North Island - Hawkes Bay

Blessed with fertile soils and a warm, temperate climate, Hawke’s Bay is among New Zealand’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines - cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah - as well as stunning chardonnays. The region is particularly popular for bicycle wine tours, with many of the area’s 72+ cellar doors and numerous artisan producers connected by 200km of flat, easy riding cycle trails.

Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, with the cities of Napier and Hastings rebuilt in the architectural styles of the time following the devastating 1931 earthquake. The countryside surrounding the towns is really something special. Rolling hills form a backdrop against waterside cliffs and palm tree lined lanes lead the way to the lush vineyards. Notable landmarks in the area include Cape Kidnappers, home to the world’s largest gannet colony; Lake Waikaremoana, where the walking track is among New Zealand’s nine Great Walks; and Te Mata Peak, with its 360 degree views of Hawke’s Bay and spectacular walking tracks. For golfers, the Cape Kidnappers course is considered one of the word’s finest.

Best Time to Visit

Late March, April and May are the ideal months to visit Hawkes Bay, when the weather is dry and sunny, without the withering heat of high summer.