Napier has some of the world’s best Art Deco architecture and wineries galore.
Hawkes Bay in New Zealand offers visitors a triple treat: award-winning wines, world-famous architecture, and premium produce. This photogenic Hawke's Bay wine region is also within easy reach of the quaint town of Napier, home to one of the world’s largest and best-preserved collections of Art Deco architecture. There are plenty of great things to do in Hawkes Bay. Load up your picnic basket with delicious Hawkes Bay food and wine, drop into a couple of cellar doors or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the many wineries in Hawkes Bay. Fertile soils mean this wine region has plenty of top drops to try, including award-winning merlot and chardonnay wines. You don’t have to travel far to sample them either. Many of the wineries are close together so you’ll find yourself at the next stop before you’ve even had time to ponder what wine you would like to try next.
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Hawke's Bay Airport is a 10 minutes drive from Napier's city centre and 25 minutes from Hastings by car. Flights are available from major New Zealand airport hubs such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Air Napier also offers flights from the small town of Gisborne. If you are travelling to Hawkes Bay by car, it is a 90 minute drive from Taupo or a 3 hour drive from Wellington.
The best way to get around Hawkes Bay is either by car or joining a tour. While it is possible to explore the area using public transport, this can limit your options when it comes to which wineries you can visit and how long you can stay at each one as this depends on the bus timetable. Many rural wineries cannot be reached by public transport.
Any time is a good time to visit Hawke’s Bay. This pretty wine growing region is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand and can get delightfully warm in summer. Don't be surprised if you find yourself walking around Napier in shorts and a t-shirt. The weather can get crisp in winter but temperatures seldom drop below five degrees Celcius. Autumn brings the colour of the leaves changing from green to red and gold and spring is perfect for strolling and cycling.
Clothes you can layer work best if you're travelling around Hawkes Bay as it can be quite warm in the middle of the day, even in winter. Add a jumper or jacket, wet weather gear, sunscreen, a hat and a beanie. Comfortable shoes are also a must for walking through the vineyards and strolling around Napier.
Hawkes Bay is a rural destination so people tend to dress casually. Smart casual is the norm at most restaurants, aside from the signature ones in Napier where locals dress up for a 'night on the town'.
The is good WiFi coverage throughout most of Hawkes Bay aside from a few rural areas where the signal can be weak.
The is good mobile coverage throughout most of Hawkes Bay aside from a few rural areas where the signal can be weak.
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