Hawke's Bay

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About Hawke's Bay

The Hawke’s Bay region stretches around Hawke’s Bay from Cape Kidnappers to the Mahia Peninsula via Hastings, Napier and Wairoa. This was one of the original British colonies, chosen for its flat, fertile land and warm, sunny climate. Some of the best places to stay in Hawke’s Bay are the old farmsteads and lodges, many of which have been converted into small, but luxurious hotels or B&Bs. As well as proving successful for sheep farming and crop growth, which were the original colony’s main trades, this land has also been ideal for dairy and cattle farming and wine growing. So it’s a great place for foodies who like their scenery dramatic!

What Not To Miss

  • The Hawke’s Bay region is known for its Art Deco era architecture, with both Napier and Hastings boasting some of New Zealand’s finest 30s and 40s era structures. Unfortunately much of this was built after a deadly earthquake flattened many buildings in the area, but the result is charming for modern visitors.
  • Napier is very much the sunny seaside town, while Hastings is more of a commercial hub, set in amongst orchards between dramatic Te Mata Peak and the sea.
  • If you’re in search of a perfect beach then the Mahia Peninsula will be a pleasure to your eye, with its bright blue sea, dramatic cliffs and pristine sand.
  • But the Hawke’s Bay region is more about the land than the centres. There’s Te Urewera National Park with its massive expanse of virgin forest and vast central lake, Lake Waikaremoana - the Sea of Rippling Waters; the Ruahine Ranges, which slice between Hawke’s Bay
  • Pay a visit to the Central Plateau, offering a dense, wild forest perfect for exploring on foot; and the Whirinake Forest with its dramatic canyons and waterfalls.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Hawke's Bay make ideal bases to explore this fascinating and beautiful region, whether you're here for the wineries, the beach or the National Park.

For families

  • The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a six thousand acre sheep farm with a charming, 23 room hotel. The accommodation is rustic but elegant, with incredible views of both the bay and the farm. There’s some amazing birdlife in this area, and the farm is criss-crossed with walking, riding and mountain biking trails.

For luxury

  • Greenhill Lodge is a beautiful five room lodge set in 73 acres of lush farmland. The rooms are charming, with open fireplaces, freestanding baths, private terraces and antique furniture. There’s also a pool, gym and three storey viewing turret.

For an Apartment

  • If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner, Booking.com for a range of superb properties in both the urban centres and remote regions ensuring a property for all occasions.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Hawke's Bay Airport, located only 6km (3.7 miles) from Napier. The airport provides domestic connections to other airports in New Zealand, including Auckland and Wellington.
  • Alternatively, catch an InterCity bus which serves most large Urban areas in the North Island.
  • If you'd like to rent a car to explore the beautifully diverse region, for prices visit our online partner, Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - the summer from December to February typically provides the warmest weather for those looking to relax on the beach or explore the beautiful surroundings.

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    Best Hotels in Hawke's Bay

    • Porters Boutique Hotel Hawke's Bay 42 rooms from £125

      Families  -  Adjoining rooms and nanny services are available plus there's plenty of in-house entertainment for children
      Active Holiday  -  Hawke's Bay is known for its adventure activities
      Fishing  -  Fly-fish in tranquillity with Grant Petherick Fly Fishing tours

      A smart hotel offering luxury accommodation in Hawke's Bay. Spacious rooms are sleek and contemporary with sink-into beds, rain showers and private balconies. Eating options range from a sophisticated restaurant to a laid-back bistro plus there's a bar to sample wines of the region. See More

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    • Art Deco Masonic Hotel Napier, Hawke's Bay 43 rooms from £137

      Foodies  -  Recognised the world over for its fine wine and fresh produce, Hawke's Bay is a gastronome's dream destination
      Local exploring  -  Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of the world and is famous for its jazz age architecture
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
      Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

      An iconic Art Deco hotel in the 'Art Deco capital of the world'. Expect elegant period luxury and a town dripping with interesting history. Featuring a superb bar and restaurant; a great base during the annual Art Deco Festival or the numerous gastronomic and wine festivals in the region. See More

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    • Breckenridge Lodge Hawkes Bay, Hawke's Bay 5 rooms from £370

      Foodies  -  Five course dinners are served using local produce and paired with regional wines
      Great walks  -  Napier is the Art Deco capital of the world - take a guided walking tour to learn about the town
      Restrictions on children  -  Children over 13 are welcome
      Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

      A boutique lodge set in an enviable spot offering 360-degree views of chardonnay vineyards. The five rooms are all individually styled and have a homely feel. The owner and chef make this a real foodies destination - serving five-course meals paired with regional wines. Ideal for a romantic break. See More

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    • The Farm at Cape Kidnappers Hawke's Bay 23 rooms from £380

      Golf  -  Private, award winning golf course
      Birdwatching  -  Cape Kidnappers is the home of the largest mainland gannet colony in the world
      Great walks  -  Variety of trails including forest, ocean and cliff walks
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

      Charming luxury accommodation in the heart of 6000 acre sheep farm. Rooms are rustic and elegant, with top modern amenities and fantastic sea and farm views. Great walking, riding and mountain biking tracks on property, as well as bird life. Family friendly rural retreat. See More

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    • Greenhill Lodge Hastings, Hawke's Bay 5 rooms from £387

      Views  -  Viewing turret 3 storey's high looks across gardens and Te Mata Peak
      Back to Nature  -  Set on 73 acres
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
      Remote  -  Off the beaten track.

      High-end Lodge on 73 acres of lush farmland. Charming antique-filled rooms with open fireplaces, large double beds, private terraces and free-standing baths. With an outdoor swimming pool, gym and three storey viewing turret. Perfect for a romantic getaway. See More

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    • The Manse Maraekakaho, Hawke's Bay 2 rooms from £350

      Foodies  -  Foodies are well-catered to at this gastro hotel, with chef-prepared meals made from local, fresh produce
      Romantic Break  -  At just two guestrooms and with a peaceful rural setting, book this hotel for a tranquil couples' getaway
      Country Escape  -  Set on a working farm in Hawke's Bay, this hotel offers an authentic country retreat
      Cooking classes  -  Hawke's Bay is a hub for food tourism; take hotel cooking classes to learn how to prepare dishes with fresh produce

      This luxury lodge borders the Gimblett Gravels and Ngatarawa wine regions in Hawke's Bay. Elegant guestrooms have country charm, with prints inspired by nature and selected European antiques. Discover the landscape on the hotel's unique truffle hunting excursion. See More

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