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Hawkes Bay
 
Hawke's Bay region encompasses the area around Hawke Bay on the east coast of the North Island. It includes the cities of Napier and Hastings and the towns of Havelock North, Waipawa and Waipukurau.

General






  
  This region is known for its sunny climate, sheltered coastal plains and long-established vineyards. It is also one of the country's largest pip fruit growing areas. Napier, the main city of the region was razed by earthquake and fire in 1931, and rebuilt in the art deco style fashionable at the time. What makes Napier so special is that it has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco architecture in the world. It is New Zealand's leading producer of red wines and is also know for its artisan gourmet foods and glorious beaches that stretch from Mahia Peninsula in the north to Porangahau in the south. 
     
Main attractions & activities







  A unique attraction is the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Sanctuary, the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. It can be reached by 4WD vehicles, tractor and trailer, unimog or four-wheel motorbike, and at low tide on foot.

The Art Deco Walk is a permanent attraction, but each February there is the Brebner Print Art Deco Weekend, a celebration of the art deco style. The Hawke's Bay vineyards are all within a short distance of Napier and Hastings, with over 30 open to the public for free wine tasting. Many also operate cafes and restaurants in both indoor and outdoor settings. The region is especially known for its fine Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.

     
To get there


  Napier's domestic airport receives daily flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Driving time from Taupo to Napier is 2 hours and Wellington is a 5 hour drive. 

     


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