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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 wines.

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, Mediterraneanstyle 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.

Local Employment

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 areas.


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, with hardworking 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 kilometre significantly 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 musketbearing 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 century first planted vines and the region, famous for its chardonnay, is now becoming recognised for its fullbodied red wines.

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 visitors. hawkesbayairport

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. www.ramblers.co.nz www.pedalpower.co.nz

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