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

Mission Estate Winery Visit website

Mission Estate is New Zealand's oldest winery, with a well-respected reputation as a producer of consistent, high quality wines. The beautiful old seminary building has . . . 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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At The Rocks Motor Lodge Visit website

At The Rocks Motor Lodge is unique and modern featuring deluxe studio, executive suites and family units with local ambience. Overlooking the Ahuriri Wildlife Reserve . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

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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Motel de la Mer Visit website

Motel de la Mer is an intimate boutique motel with 11 suites. We offer you attentive service and luxurious, oceanfront accommodation within 2 minutes walk . . . 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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Village Motel Visit website

Village Motel is conveniently located in the centre of Havelock North (only 40 meters from Havelock Village). Dubbed the heart of Hawke's Bay Wine Country, . . . More . . . 

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Edgewater Motor Lodge Visit website

Edgewater Motor Lodge offers superb waterfront accommodation with all units having spectacular sea views of Hawke's Bay and Cape Kidnappers. We are close to the . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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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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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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Marineland Motel & Restaurant Visit website

Beachfront location, with an indoor heated swimming pool available all year round. Highly recommended corporate and family accommodation.Marineland Beach front Motel has 23 ground-floor, quiet, . . . 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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