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Hawkes Bay & East Coast


This is wine country on the sunny eastern coast of the North Island, where you’ll find some of the country’s top wineries all over the Hawke’s Bay area and around Gisborne, to the northeast.

After its devastating 1931 earthquake, Napier was rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the 1930s, an intriguing architectural conformity throughout this vibrant city. The Hawke’s Bay has other population centres in Hastings and prosperous Havelock North and not only an abundance of wineries, but orchards too.

Gisborne, 215km to the northeast, is the region’s other city. As well as its excellent wineries, it boasts gorgeous beaches and nearby hikes such as Cook’s Cove Walkway.

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Art Deco Festival Napier

Summer in the sunny Hawkes Bay (mid-Feb)

Cook's Cove Walkway

Easy walk north of Gisborne (2-3hrs return)


Sun, sand & surf

Gisborne Wine

Top chardonnay & pinot gris

Hawke's Bay Wine

Over 35 cellar doors in the sunny Bay


Art deco 1930s architecture

Rhythm & Vines Music Festival

Rockin' out the old year in a vineyard near Gisborne (late-Dec)

Te Mata Peak

Top views from summit lookout

Text © Craig McLachlan

Images by craig, thinkrorbot