Must do activities

Must Do Activities

Hawke’s Bay will spoil you for choice when it comes to activities. From action-packed cycle trails to art galleries to shopping. At Amuri Villas we’re well acquainted with what’s best about the region, and have brought together our must-do activities in Hawke’s Bay below.

1. Learn about Honey, Olives or Wine

For a real education into bees and honey, you can’t miss the Arataki Honey Visitor Centre while you’re in Hawke’s Bay, where you can visit for free or take an hour-long tour. You can look at worker bees close-up behind glass panels, and feel the heat that they generate. You can taste a delicious range of native and pastoral honeys and see how they differ in colour, flavour and aroma between the different flower sources, and buy them at factory prices. There is also a range of skincare products available.

Telegraph Hill also offers an education experience, this time about olives. Drive up to the olive plantation where all the olives are grown, pressed and bottled. In the small store on site there is a large selection of samples to taste – different flavours of pickled olives, olive oils, dressings and condiments. You can even adopt an olive tree for a year and receive the produce from it in the mail!

And obviously Hawkes Bay is perfect for learning about wine and tasting your fair share. We love the vineyards/wineries of Clearview, Elephant Hill, and Craggy Range, plus a whole lot more.

2. Cycle or walk the Hawkes Bay trails

The Hawkes Bay Cycle trails are 200km of gorgeous, mainly off-road trails that take you through anything from wineries to art galleries, wildlife and coastline to cute cafes. They’re mostly flat and easy to navigate: especially perfect if you have an e-bike. Check out the NZ Cycle Trail website to find a trail right for you.

3. Farmers markets

The Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market is a must on a Sunday in Hastings. You’ll find some of the region’s best growers and artisans there – it’s amazing to be able to have a chat with them, get to know them, and buy bountiful Hawkes Bay produce direct. The vibe of the market is great too, with live music, the aromas of food being freshly cooked, and everything from chocolate to apples, coffee to hand-made cheeses on offer. There’s a smaller market in Napier on a Saturday morning, and also in summer at Black Barn Winery in nearby Havelock North.

4. Art Deco

As you explore Napier, you’ll be aware of the art deco nature of many of the buildings – to truly appreciate the history, one of the best things to do is a guided walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco highlights. These 1.5 hour walks have a local professional guide telling you about the fascinating history of the 1931 earthquake, and the aftermath – and the fast rebuild. The tours leave a few times a day from the Art Deco Centre.

5. Golfing

Golf enthusiasts have some of their best weekends in Hawke's Bay. Cape Kidnappers is the obvious premium choice and the views are just spectacular, high above the ocean on soaring cliffs. For those that are not partial to the game, there is also a restaurant and day spa for day guests. Another favourite of ours is Bridge Pa (Hastings Golf Club), a lovely 210-acre course on our doorstep.  Find all the golf courses here.

6. Shopping in Havelock North

The shopping in Havelock North village is amazing, with a wealth of designer clothing boutiques and high-end fashion brands. There are also art galleries, bookstores, gift shops, beauty therapy and more. There’s a famous wine store called Advintage, where you can find a selection of great wines both local and international. When you’re finished with your retail therapy, a beverage at the Rose and Shamrock is the cherry on top for a great day out.

7. Art galleries

Hawke’s Bay is a bit of a creative hub. Have a look to see what catches your eye in the Hawke’s Bay Art Guide. Check out MTG Hawke’s Bay (Museum, Theatre, Gallery) to see what exhibitions they are running. Internationally recognised designer David Trubridge has a showroom and studio in Hastings. Stunning stone designers Ema Scott and Stephen Wheeler have a studio in Haumoana which you can view by appointment.


Image credit: Richard Brimer