Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

‘Waking up at first light you lifted the edge of the canvas wall and there you were, lying on the...


Capturing the first colours of the day at Te Mata Peak. © anupamhatui
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Te Angiangi Marine Reserve

Te Angiangi Marine Reserve protects a piece of the central Hawke’s Bay coast, and is a great spot for diving and snorkelling.

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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngai Tuhoe, the Children of the Mist, spent 60 years as a national park — a brief period really, explains Toi Iti, considering the place still holds evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier.

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Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

Writer Tracey Wogan and her family are stoked to have escaped the urban rat race and currently revel in Hawke’s Bay, a place that isn’t on the way to anywhere and requires deliberate choice to discover its delights. 

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Cape Kidnappers: majestic gannets and more

Captain Cook had plenty to say in his log about Cape Kidnappers, the southern headland of Hawke’s Bay.

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Te Mata Peak

The story about how Te Mata Peak in Hawke’s Bay came to be and how it came to resemble the recumbent figure of a man so closely, is nearly as picturesque as the little town of Havelock North beneath it.

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Our favourite family-friendly beaches in the Lower North Island

New Zealand is full of family-friendly beaches that offer a bunch of great things to do beyond the surf and sand. Here's our five top family-friendly beaches in the Lower North Island . . .

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Havelock North Motor Lodge

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