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Te Mata Peak: Hawke's Bay icon

From Te Mata Peak, on a clear day, you can see the whole of Hawke’s Bay laid out before you – up to Māhia Peninsula in the north and the rugged hills behind the coast to the south. Read the story . . . 

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Gisborne: close to heaven

Gisborne has what the rest of the world has lost ... or is looking for. Space, peace, quality of life and an awareness among the people who live here that they share a secret, a precious key to nirvana.  Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Central and Lower North Island Travel Guide

From The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland, to Waikato, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay and Wellington, our Central and Lower North Island Must-Do's guide includes all the information you need to plan your next road trip. Read the full guide here, for free! Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Central Hawke's Bay

South of Napier and Hastings you'll find the Central Hawke's Bay District, home to bucolic landscapes, historic homesteads, long stretches of coastline, weekend markets, museums and great mountain-biking. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Get spooked at Napier Prison, New Zealand's oldest penitentiary

Set on suburban Bluff Hill, Napier Prison housed dangerous and violent criminals for more than 150 years.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Wharfs and walks at Tolaga Bay

Gisborne’s Tolaga Bay Wharf is the second-longest in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Hawke's Bay: the finest of wines

There are over 70 vineyards in the Hawke's Bay – about half of which you can visit. Taste the fruits of the vines and their vintners’ zeal and, in many cases, have a bite to eat at the same time. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Take to the rails on a Gisborne Railbike Adventure

Just outside Gisborne you can cruise along a coastal railway line – by bike.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore the unique geology, wildlife and waterfalls of Boundary Stream

Find Hawke’s Bay’s highest waterfall, rare birdlife and intriguing geology at the ‘mainland island’ of Boundary Stream. Read the story . . . 

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Be the first to see the sunrise at East Cape Lighthouse

There’s something a bit special about watching the sunrise. It’s even more special if you’re one of the first people in the world to see it.  Read the story . . . 

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Try cable wakeboarding in Hawke’s Bay

Backpaddock Lakes in Central Hawke's Bay is a purpose-built lake equipped with two cable and pulley systems that mean you can have a go at wakeboarding, boat-free Read the story . . . 

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Hand-feed wild stingrays in Gisborne

At Tatapōuri, just 10 minutes north of Gisborne, you can get up close with the children of Tangaroa, the Māori god of the sea. Read the story . . . 

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