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Travel Notes: Oceania: New Zealand: Hawkes Bay

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Located on the eastern side of North Island, Hawkes Bay is around 5 hours by road from Auckland and a little under four hours from Wellington.

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Around Hawkes Bay, Getting to Hawkes Bay, Hawkes Bay Tourism.

Getting to Hawkes Bay

By Road

If you don't hire a car, there are coach services from Auckland, Gisborne, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Taupo and Wellington.

By Air

Airlines and Airports:
You could fly to Hawkes Bay Airport - just north of Napier - from Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington, but you'd miss out on all the scenery.

Hawkes Bay Tourism

Hawkes Bay is a region of striking scenic contrast with dramatic sea cliffs, park-like farm lands, winding stony rivers and rugged hill country.

Adding colour and interest to an already beautiful landscape are orchards, old homesteads, historic settlements, and vineyards of all sizes which produce internationally regarded fine wines.

Hawkes Bay Wine Country:
Hawkes Bay is home to over 70 vineyards, and is New Zealand's oldest wine region.

Hawkes Bay Attractions

Hawke's Bay has an amazing amount of things to do and see within thirty minutes to an hour of either of the Twin Cities: Napier and Hastings.

After the 1931 earthquake that virtually destroyed most of Napier and Hastings, the cities were rebuilt in the fashionable styles of the time - Spanish Mission, Stripped Classical, and above all Art Deco.

Visit Hastings:
The i-Site Visitor Centre is located on the corner of Russell Street South and Heretaunga Street East.

Around Hawkes Bay

Right in the heart of Hawkes Bay Wine Country, Hastings offers an amazing array of activities to make your stay an exciting and enjoyable one.

Splash Planet:
All season amusement park set in 6.5 hectares of attractive park surroundings in Hastings, featuring wet and dry, summer and winter rides and attractions suitable for all ages.


Wairoa is the gateway to Mahia Peninsula, Te Urewera National Park, and Lake Waikaremoana.

If you are heading north from Napier, then Wairoa is a good place to stock up with supplies on your way through to Mahia or Waikaremoana.

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