Why Clive is the best place to stay


In Clive you will find a bit of peace right in the centre of Hawke’s Bay attractions. There is a wealth of rich history, all the amenities you need, and cycle trails nearby, you can’t beat Clive as place to base yourself when you’re staying in Hawkes Bay. Here at Amuri Villas, we’re all about helping you explore the region, and of course Clive is our closest centre.

Grand History

On the banks of the Clive River, right between Hastings and Napier, Clive was established as a trading post in 1850. It was named after a famous figure in British India (as was Napier and Havelock) – and Clive was once planned to be the main town of the region. Today, it’s nowhere near as big as Napier and Hastings (Napier surged ahead with its bigger port, and Clive suffered a major flood). This makes it a perfectly tranquil place to base yourself while in Hawkes Bay, and it’s an easy 10-minute drive in either direction to Napier, Hastings and Havelock North.

Handy amenities

The town itself has everything you might need. The bakery pumps out lovely fresh bread, the wine shop provides all types of tipples for you to take back to your private Amuri Villas suite, along with gourmet sausages from the butcher. For an evening out, the Thai restaurant Er Dee Wa is a real gem and is a destination for locals and out-of-towners, with sensational flavours, and friendly service. For breakfast or lunch, check out the local Café for a coffee in the gorgeous grapevine covered courtyard. And of course, the local Four Square caters to any grocery needs you might have.

Cycle Trails

If you’ve got your bikes with you, a couple of the gentle Hawkes Bay Cycle Trails are right there. From Clive you can ride inland to Hastings and Havelock North along the gorgeous river trail. Alternatively, you can access the Kidnappers Coast trail and travel through some picture-perfect beachside communities. The paths are easily-ridden finely crushed limestone, but E-bikes make the trails even more fun! You can also hire bikes when you get here from one of several hirers.


Just 5 minutes’ drive from Clive (or a quick cycle up the Hawkes Bay Trails) is the Waitangi Regional Park which has just had extensive wetland planting – this is where Muddy Creek and the Ngaruroro, Tutaekuri and Clive Rivers empty into the sea. The massive restoration is providing better breeding habitat for many bird species including heron and bittern. Don’t miss the Ātea A Rangi Star Compass, a  dramatic circle of pou (posts), stones and a whaharoa (gateway).

We hope you enjoy your stay in the Hawkes Bay, and choose Clive as your base. We can’t wait to host you here at Amuri Villas and help you plan the perfect Hawke’s Bay getaway.


Image Credit: Richard Brimer