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Things to do in Hawke’s Bay

Check out some of these Hawke’s Bay activities…

Long hot summers and mild sunny winters make Hawke's Bay the perfect year round holiday destination. Whether it's a relaxing break, family fun in the sun, action and adrenalin, or a backpack adventure, you'll find lots of things to do in Hawke's Bay.

Winery Tours

Hawke’s Bay has many long-established vineyards and is famous for its highly distinctive, premium quality wines. You can drive yourself (with a sober driver, of course) or relax and take a fun and friendly guided winery tour – you’ll enjoy fantastic scenery, good food and fine wine. Enquire at Reception and we can help you book.

Gannet Beach Adventures

This unique, fun eco-experience tour is suitable for all ages. With over 56 years’ experience, Gannet Beach Adventures provides a 4-hour mild, safe and comfortable adventure. Travel along the majestically rugged coastline of Cape Kidnappers to the world’s largest most accessible Gannet nesting site. Depart on the day’s low tide by tractor and trailer with local experienced guides. Narrative stops are made to view the fascinating geological history and earthquake fault lines. Suitable for: all age groups, families, schools, club groups, social outings, corporate groups.

Outdoor Action

  • Tee-up for a game of golf at one of over 20 courses in the region. Play the ultimate round at the world renowned Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, consistently ranked in the TOP 50 courses in the world.
  • Take an exhilarating hike or mountain bike ride to scale the heights of the iconic Te Mata Peak for stunning views. The brave can even paraglide.
  • Cycle and walk the Rotary Pathway and boardwalk from Bay View through to Napier, Clive and Havelock North. Enjoy beautiful coastal scenery or pedal between wineries, stopping for wine tastings at the cellar doors along the way. Bike Hire is available at Reception.
  • Take to the skies for a scenic view of the region in a helicopter or hot air balloon.
  • Explore the many native reserves and conservation areas such as Ocean Beach Wildlife Reserve - the largest ecological restoration project in New Zealand.
  • Hire kayaks and paddle in the sheltered and scenic Ahuriri Marine Reserve.
  • Enjoy authentic local Maori culture and heritage with Waimarama Maori Tourism.
  • Take the Walk with the Ancestors tour over the land of Hakakino that blends story, song, craft and artefact, ritual and history.

Tempt your taste buds with regional tasty delights

Telegraph Hill Olivery

An award winning producer of olives and gourmet food products. New Zealand’s largest manufacturer of New Zealand grown olives, capturing Hawke’s Bays sun drenched flavours in table olives, oils, and gourmet food products. View production, taste products, have lunch, and purchase their full range of products.

The Silky Oak Chocolate Company & Cafe

The place to visit when you are looking for sheer indulgence! Real Hot Chocolate drinks (with or without chilli) - sweet and savoury dishes too. The Museum takes you through the history of chocolate and you can enjoy a chocolate tasting at the Factory shop before you buy.

Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market

Discover Hawke’s Bay’s finest producers and artisans supplying their wares in the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional farmers’ market. Meet the growers and producers. See, touch, smell and taste then buy. Saturday morning in Napier’s Clive Square, and Sunday morning at the A&P Showgrounds in Hastings.

Arataki Honey Visitor Centre

Home to the honey bee and New Zealand’s largest beekeeping enterprise. Explore at your leisure in a modern and interactive environment. Enjoy a truly sweet experience!

Farming experiences

Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo

Where you can walk and talk with the animals! The zoo is renowned for its wide range of animals and birds, unique atmosphere and educational opportunities. Bring a picnic, feed the animals, have a pony ride.

Wool World at Clifton Station

Daily interactive live farming show performed in and around the historic Clifton Station Woolshed, with all the rustic charm and the unique character of how it was back on the farm using original, 100 year-old farm equipment. Explore the history of wool in Hawke’s Bay and visit the wool shop for souvenirs and more.

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