Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand

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Hawkes Bay

Beautiful art deco building, the National Tobacco Company, Napier Enjoy a drink or a meal along Napier's waterfront Vineyard view from the hang gliding launch point, Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay View from Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay Waterfall, Napier

Hawkes Bay is New Zealand's principal wine and food destination with over 70 vineyards, wonderful fresh produce and gourmet pleasures. Situated on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay enjoys long hot summer and mild sunny winters. It offers the visitor an array of accommodation from motels, bed and breakfasts and backpackers to lodges and hotels.

The principle towns are Hastings and Napier, which after an earthquake in 1931 were rebuilt using the fabulous art deco architectural style. Hawkes Bay has fantastic beaches and sheltered coastal plains. It is a family holiday destination for those who want to relax and also those who are looking for adventure. It's also a great spot for a weekend break.

The beaches are gloriously unspoiled and unpopulated. Swimming, surfing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, blo-karting, exploring rock pools, basking in the sun or building sand castles; it's all possible in Hawkes Bay. Find the beach for you as you walk along the coastal walkway. The beaches of Westshore, Ocean Bean and Waimarama are patrolled by surf lifesaving teams in the summer months to allow you and your family to swim in confidence.

The warm clear waters offer good vision for year round diving and the variety of dive spots means you can go out in nearly any type of weather. The Te Angiangi Marine Reserve between Blackhead and Aramoana beaches holds a fascinating variety and abundance of marine life, which can be viewed through swimming with a facemask.

For those of you wanting to get up close and personal with nature, the gannet nesting site on the coast at Cape Kidnappers, is the world's largest accessible mainland gannet colony. The National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier is the only place in New Zealand where you can swim with sharks. It is a fun and educational place to visit with many different fish species and also kiwi on view. Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo is full of farmyard animals, which you can interact with. Horse rides are also available.

There are 35 walks in Hawkes Bay which cater for all levels of fitness and interests. There are many Department of Conservation walks that allow you to explore the region from the far-reaching coastlines, through craggy native bush and over historical sheep stations.

If you wish to delve into the region's history, the heritage trails are a great way to explore areas of great splendour and historic interest. There are also specific Art Deco tours to enable you to discover the distinctive architecture of Napier and Hastings. Or see it all from the air and try hot air ballooning.

There's plenty to do in Hawkes Bay's great outdoors: Corncob Crazy Gold, Amazing Maze n Maize, more winery bike tour companies that you can shake a pedal at, Cape Kidnappers International Gold Course and the luxurious Ocean Spa Napier to refresh you, so you can start all over again tomorrow.

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