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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City Close Motel Visit website

Affordable, central-city comfort in the heart of Napier. Five-minute stroll to cafés, restaurants, shopping, Marine Parade, McLean Park, conference venues, the Aquarium, Napier Travel Centre . . . More . . . 

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Te Mata Peak: Hawke's Bay icon

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. 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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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

What have you got on the boil, friend? How about an epic roadie straight down the guts of the North Island of New Zealand 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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Angus Hotel Visit website

Angus Hotel is one of Hawke's Bays largest conference and accommodation venues. 20 minutes from Napier Airport, 2-minute walk from Hastings city centre yet only . . . 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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Apple Motor Inn Visit website

Apple Motor Inn is ideally located next door to Hastings Sports Centre & Racecourse and within easy walking distance to CBD. . . . More . . . 

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

Johanna Bennett takes the road less travelled from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga.  Read the story . . . 

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Fairley Motor Lodge Visit website

The Ideal location, on the cycle way, by Napier's only safe swimming beach, and a short walk through the Sailing Club to many of Hawkes . . . More . . . 

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Te Mata Lodge Visit website

In the Heart of Havelock North Village. Warm, friendly service. We are a 20 suite motel, fully air conditioned for your comfort. . . . More . . . 

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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.  Read the story . . . 

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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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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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Tuki Tuki Motel Visit website

Central Location. 14 Self contained spacious units FREE parking, FREE Wifi Outdoor swimming pool on site Air conditioned units Motel . . . More . . . 

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Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

Dyed-in-the-wool surfer Paul Hersey knows that surfing the heartbeat of the ocean’s surface is to merge with nature in all of her creative spectacular . . . and he wants you to join in. Read the story . . . 

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