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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Claremonte Motor Lodge Visit website

Located in the heart of Hastings' Central Business District, Claremonte Motor Lodge accommodation is ideally situated for you to enjoy Hastings and the Hawke's Bay region. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Valdez Motor Lodge Visit website

Centrally located for access to the many natural assets of Hawke's Bay. 1.5km to Hastings city centre, 18km to Napier city centre, 5km to Havelock . . . More . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Bay View Holiday Park & Motels Visit website

Opened in 2008 this complex is set in beautiful, peaceful, park-like grounds surrounded by rural New Zealand. Just 8 kms from Napier CBD, our Holiday . . . More . . . 

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Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail... Read the story . . . 

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Affordable Westshore Holiday Park Visit website

A great base for your holiday in the sunny Hawke's Bay. Relax and enjoy our friendly hospitality in a safe, secure environment. . . . More . . . 

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A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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Albatross Motel Visit website

The Albatross Motel scored 9.5/10 in Target TV's hidden camera trial . Offering 35 units,studios, deluxe studio units and 1 and 2-bedroom family units. . . . More . . . 

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Anchorage Motor Lodge Visit website

Enjoy Napier accommodation with beautiful sea and mountain views. We have lift access to 44 well-appointed studio, 1 and 2-bedroom suites, most with large corner spas. . . . More . . . 

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Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

Hawke’s Bay isn’t on the way to anywhere. It requires a deliberate choice to discover its delights.  Read the story . . . 

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Ballina Motel Visit website

One of Hawke's Bay's newest luxury motels. 16 self-contained, air-conditioned, spacious, luxury suites in a quiet residential location. Ideally positioned for the discerning tourist and . . . More . . . 

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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. Read the story . . . 

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Cherry Grove Motel Visit website

Family Friendly with a pool & grassed area for kids to play Come and enjoy the lovely spacious garden setting at Cherry Grove Motel. . . . More . . . 

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Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

When most people imagine their idyllic beach, they think of white sand and sun-dappled water. Surfers focus on wind and swell directions and the hidden bathymetry of the seafloor. Read the story . . . 

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