Hawkes Bay sits on the east coast of the North Island and is an area famous for its beaches and wineries. It’s a beautiful region, with everything you could want within easy reach, from wildlife to world famous architecture, and beaches to sumptuous vineyards. Here are just a few of our favourite things to do in Hawkes Bay.
Things to Do in Hawkes Bay
If you didn’t visit Napier while in the area, you’d be missing out on one of the best experiences in Hawkes Bay. Napier is a town like no other and the story has a tragic beginning. In 1931 an earthquake all but levelled the city leading to a near complete re-build. The re-build took inspiration from the architectural trends of the time, and the result is one of the best-preserved art deco towns in the world. You can see the sights with a first class walking tour, from a 1930s vintage car, or just by having a wonder around and taking in the beauty of the colours, arches and geometry of this living tribute to the 1930s.
Step Back in Time at Cape Kidnappers
One of the best things to do in Hawkes Bay for nature lovers is to head over to Cape Kidnappers. This mysteriously named patch of coastline is home to some wonderful geological structures, fossils galore and the world’s largest land-based colony of gannets! Guided tours (our favourite being Gannet Beach Adventures) get you up close and personal to these beautiful large sea birds with their dark eyes and golden crowns, and the experience is as thrilling and fascinating as it is heart-warming. A truly unusual and unforgettable experience!
Sip the Delicious Wines on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
Hawkes Bay is the second oldest and largest wine region in New Zealand; it’s awash with vineyards and wonderful wines and is the first stop on the classic New Zealand Wine Trail. To get the most from your time here (and we are referring in no small part to the wine itself!) we’d recommend one of the many tours available in the area. Our favourite is Great Escape Wine tours with the lovely Greg who will guide you through the beautiful countryside, inform you, and fill you full of world-class wine and food as you visit the vineyards, famous for their Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Ready to Pack Your Bag and Visit Hawkes Bay?
Hawkes Bay is a wonderful part of the country to visit, and we’d love to share more of our favourite stops and locations with you, so do drop us a line for more info! New Zealand is like a second home for us here at Silver Fern (it has been a first home for many of us!), so we believe there’s nobody better placed to help you create the ideal itinerary for your time in Hawkes Bay, or anywhere else in the country for that matter.
We specialise in planning tailor-made itineraries focused on your personal interests. Want to have a chat? Our team are always on standby ready to answer any questions you may have. Talk to someone now by calling +44 (0) 1636 813 544. Alternatively, or use our handy contact form to request a call back.