Hawke’s Bay (Māori: Heretaunga) is a region on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand and is
recognised on the world stage for its awardwinning
Hawke's Bay is a charismatic region where you can enjoy stylish historical a rchitecture and wine in equal
quantities.The region is situated on the Pacific coast of the North Island and based on a large semicircular
bay which extends for 100 kilometres from from Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers. The Hawke's Bay
region includes the hilly coastal land around the northern and central bay, the floodplains of the Wairoa
River in the north, the wide fertile Heretaunga Plains around Hastings in the south, and a hilly interior
stretching up into the Kaweka and Ruahine ranges. The region consists of Wairoa District, Hastings District,
Napier City, and Central Hawke's Bay District, as well as the town of Taharua in Taupo District and the town
of Ngamatea in Rangitikei District. One trivial fact is that the region has a hill with the longest place name in
the world, according to the 2009 Guinness Book of Records
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is an
unremarkable hill in souther Hawke's Bay, not far from Waipukurau. B lessed with a sunny,
climate, Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's warmest, driest regions with landscapes
that start in the high, forested Ruahine and Kaweka ranges and slope down towards the coast, flattening out
to become the Heretaunga Plains. A number of wide rivers run swiftly to meet the blue Pacific Ocean. The
twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the main population centres.
In 2007, there were approximately 480 businesses employing 2,880 people in Hawke’s Bay’s hospitality
industry. Hospitality generates about $90 million for the region annually and bartenders, waiters,waitresses.
chefs and cooking staff are always in demand. With a warm climate, beautiful scenery and more than 40
wineries producing a vast range of wines, the Hawke’s Bay region is a popular destination for visitors.
Hospitality work is varied, with a ccommodation services such as h otels, m otels, hostels, backpackers,
caravan parks and camping grounds, pubs, bars and clubs, cafes and restaurants. Hawke's Bay's long, hot
summers and cool winters offer the optimum conditions for growing grapes as the climate is dry and
temperate. Hawke's Bay is renowned for its horticulture with large orchards and vineyards on the plains. In
the hilly parts of the region sheep and cattle farming predominates, with forestry b locks in the roughest
The region's population was estimated in June 2009 to be 153,400. Of these, 57,200 lived in Napier City.
The main urban areas are Napier and Hastings. Smaller communities include Wairoa, Taradale, Havelock
North, Tikokino, Waipawa, Waipukurau, and Takapau. The region has a significant Māori population (24% of
the total population at the 2006 census). A major local Māori tribe is Ngāti Kahungunu. Hawkes Bay
represents 3.7% of the national population. A thriving province, Hawkes Bay is known as a friendly region,
people who have moved from a predominantly rural economy to a wide range of business
enterprises. A high proportion of Hawkes Bay’s land is still designated rural, but most of the population lives
in the urban zones around Napier and Hastings. Hawkes Bay's population density is 10.2 persons pers quare
lower than the New Zealand average of 14.1 persons per square kilometre. The
people of Hawkes Bay enjoy a relaxed pace of life but with all the benefits of their two vibrant cities, such as
the café scene, sophisticated shopping, arts, entertainment and sports. The climate means most people take
advantage of outdoor pursuits and an active lifestyle.
Land area: 14,111 km2
Main Centres: Napier, Hastings, Waipukurau, Taupo District (part), Rangitikei District (part)
Captain James Cook and the crew of the HMS Endeavour were probably the first Europeans (known by
Maori as Pakeha) to set eyes upon Hawke's Bay in October 1769. Cook named the bay after Sir Edward
Hawke, First Lord of the Admiralty. The arrival of Pâkehâ, who traded muskets with Mâori, had a noticeable
effect on Ngâti Kahungunu from the 1820s. Ngâti Kahungunu ki Wairoa came under attack from the
tribes of Ngâ Puhi, Hauraki, Waikato, Te Whakatôhea and Tûhoe, in about 1822. Two years
later Te Wera Hauraki of Ngâ Puhi e stablished himself at Mâhia and became a protector of its people.
Ngâti Kahungunu are New Zealand’s third largest tribal group. Stretching down the east coast of the N orth
Island from the Mâhia Peninsula to Cape Palliser, Hawke's Bay Province was founded in 1858.after being
separated from the Wellington Province following a meeting in Napier in February 1858.
The province was abolished in 1876 along with all other provinces in New Zealand. It was replaced by a
provincial district. On February 3 1931, Napier and Hastings were devastated following New Zealand's worst
natural disaster. An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale killed 256 people. When rebuilding work
begin in Napier it was in the Art Deco style that was fashionable at the time and now the city is world
famous for its buildings and celebrates its heritage each February with the Art Deco Weekend. An exhibition
on the earthquake, its causes and impact, at the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery is a popular
destination for visitors. Hawkes Bay’s wine industry was spawned when missionaries in the mid19th
first planted vines and the region, famous for its chardonnay, is now becoming recognised for its fullbodied
Activities: What to do there?
Hawke's Bay produces some of New Zealand's finest wines and once a year Harvest Hawke's Bay
celebrates the fact by offering a threeday
wine and food festival. This event attracts many thousands. The
Hawke's Bay vineyards are all within a short d istance of Napier and Hastings, and more than 30 vineyards
are open to the public for wine tasting. Many also operate cafes and restaurants in both indoor and o utdoor
settings. The region is especially known for its fine chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon varieties but now
also has the largest plantings of red grape varieties in New Zealand. Another unique attraction is the gannet
colony on the very tip of Cape Kidnappers—believed to be one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the
world. Gannets are large sea birds with long, pointed wings and goldenyellow
heads. Most spectacular is
their method of fishing, when whole flocks suddenly dive straight into the sea from a great height, at speeds
of up to 145 kilometres per hour.
You can also find plenty of adventure in Hawke's Bay—rafting on the Mohaka River, horse trekking, hunting
and trout fishing.
Hawke's Bay is loved for its sunny climate, fabulous beaches, sheltered coastal plains and longestablished
vineyards. It is also one of the country's largest pip fruitgrowing
areas. Napier, the main city of the region,
has one of the largest c oncentrations of Art Deco buildings in the world after being razed by earthquake and
fire in 1931. The Art Deco Walk is a p ermanent attraction and each February there is the Art Deco
Weekend, a nottooserious
celebration of the Art dDco style. Napier is also host to the a nnual Mission
Concert held early each year. The event, held at the Mission Estate Winery in Taradale, has attracted big
names over the years, including Kenny Rogers, Shirley Bassey, Rod Stewart, The B52'
s, Belinda Carlisle,
Ray Charles, and Eric Clapton. Each concert is attended by around 25,000 people. The 2009 concert
attraction was to be Lionel Ritchie, but the concert was cancelled because of rain. The region is served by a
variety of local r adio stations and Hawke's Bay also has its own TV station, TVHB, which provides a mix of
news and information programmes hosted by local personalities.
Airport: Hawke's Bay Airport is situated on State Highway 2 at Westshore, Napier, New Zealand,
approximately 10 minutes from the Napier CBD and 20 minutes from Hastings. Air New Zealand provides
frequent daily direct flights from the Hawke's Bay terminal which provides ample parking for passengers and
Roads: Napier is 320 kilometres (about four hours) northeast
of Wellington City and 142 kilometres (2
hours) from Taupo.
Buses: Coaches provide regular services and shuttle services with wine tour being a specialty. There are
numerous buses between Wellington and Napier and Hastings plus a good local service. Check out the Go
Bay website for details Bus Timetables
Shipping: The Port of Napier relocated the port facilities after the 1931 earthquake. The port has gone from
strength to strength and offers a full range of worldwide shipping services including a number of weekly
container services, complemented by excellent domestic transport systems.
Train: Hawkes Bay was served most recently by the Bay Express, which ran between Napier and
Wellington, but falling air fares and small patronage saw the service cease in October 2001. One station on
the line at Ormondville in southern Hawkes Bay has one of the few preserved early wooden railway
buildings in New Zealand. Since the cessation of passenger services the station now offers selfcatering
accommodation for tourists.
Cycling: Hawkes Bay has many cycling clubs and is a wonderful area for recreational cycling. There are
also many road racing and triathlon events in the region. Mountain biking has also become extremely
popular. Another great way to see the area is to bike around the wineries.
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