Destination Hawke's Bay

The Hawkes Bay area, encompassing Napier and Hastings, is one of New Zealand’s must see regions. Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, occupying around 14,000 square kilometers of diverse and amazing landscapes from mountains to coastal plains. The Bay has many great things to do, places to stay, plus amazing food and wine, architecture, beaches and wildlife to experience. 

Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand boasting incredible and inspiring architecture built throughout the 1930s after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 1931. Tremains Art Deco weekend is held every February attracting enthusiasts from around the world to the region to celebrate with their cars, costumes and other condiments. Art, culture, exhibitions and shows are all well embraced in this area.

The region boasts thousands of acres of vineyards, orchards and farms, providing a picturesque backdrop, and making the region well known for its wine and food production. Soak up the tastes and views while wine and cheese tasting at one of the well-known vineyards.

The Hawkes Bay Farmers market is held every Sunday in Hastings. A fantastic opportunity to meet the grower or producer of such a wide variety of fine high quality products. Leisurely wander around with a fresh hot coffee, listening to local music and enjoying the local tastes.

Find ou more information on the beautiful Hawkes Bay area here.

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Getting there

Air New Zealand operates a daily flight network into Napier and welcomes Air New Zealand domestic services from Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

To search fare and schedule information, use the fare finder. Please note when making travel arrangements that race number collection takes place on Friday 17 May 2018 from 9.00am until 9.00pm.

Air New Zealand delivers uniquely Kiwi journeys to more than 13 million passengers who fly to, from and within New Zealand each year. The airline operates more than 4,000 flights each week, connecting customers to 26 destinations within New Zealand and to Australia, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, China, Japan, Canada, USA and the United Kingdom. In recent years Air New Zealand has earned a global reputation as one of the world's most innovative airlines. Recent innovations have included the new Economy Skycouch as part of its new long-haul experience, the all black painted Boeing 777-300ER - the world's largest commercially operated aircraft to be painted all black, and the end of the check-in queue for domestic and some international passengers thanks to a raft of new technologies.

Partnering with international celebrities such as Bear Grylls, Snoop Lion and Jesse Tyler Ferguson to share brand, retail and safety messages in a fresh and innovative way enables the airline to engage with a wide audience and further build an already strong brand globally. In 2014, Air New Zealand will become the worldwide launch customer of the Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which will transform global air travel.




In partnership with, Hawke's Bay Marathon can help you find the best accommodation deals. Find your accommodation here.

Hawke’s Bay has accommodation for every taste and budget - from luxury retreats, romantic cottages and elegant boutique hotels to B&B's, farmstays and homestays. Superior motels, urban apartments, self-contained cottages and holiday parks provide independence and plenty of space for families and groups.

There will be transport running from Napier, Hastings and Havelock North, pre and post event so no matter where you chose to stay, you’ll be in for a great time.

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Road Closures

With an event of this size, we rely on the goodwill of businesses and residents to help us make the event a success. To assist those that live or work near or on the course, we have produced a map of the traffic access plan, including road closures and parking restrictions that will be in place on Saturday 18 May 2019. Please read through it and familiarise yourself with the road closures.

Type Location Date Timing 
Road Closure West Quay and Customs Quay 18th May  6:00 am – 11:00 am
Road Closure Bridge Street from SH50 north to Hardinge Road 18th May  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Road Closure Nelson Quay – full length. 18th May  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Road Closure Hardinge Road – full length. 18th May  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Road Closure
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Marine Parade  from Browning Street to Ellison Street 18th May  8:00 am – 10:00 am
Road Closure Te Awa Avenue between Ellison Street and Kenny Road 18th May  8:30 am – 10:30 am
Road Closure Awatoto Road between Eriksen Road and Brookfields Road  18th May  8:30 am – 11:00 am 
Road Closure Brookfields Road between Meeanee Road / Awatoto Road 
and the corner of Sandy Road, Hales Road and Brookfields Road
18th May  8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Road Closure Beatson Road  18th May  5:00am – 9:00am
Road Closure Crosses Road  18th May  8:00am – 9:00am 
Road Closure Karanema Drive 18th May  8:00am – 9:15am
Changed Traffic
Te Mata Road from Karanema Drive to River Road 18th May  8:00am - 10:30am
Road Closure River Road 18th May  8:00am – 11:00am 
Road Closure Moore Road  18th May  6:00am – 8:00am
Resident access only  Haumoana Road  18th May  6:00am – 2:00pm
Resident access only  Grove Road 18th May  6:00am – 2:00pm
Resident access only  Grange Road  18th May  6:00am – 2:00pm
Road Closure Clifton Road  18th May  6:00am – 3:00pm
Detour  Via Parkhill Rd / Te Awanga Estate  18th May  6:00am – 3:00pm

Download the 2019 Road Closure Map

Sat, 16 May 2020