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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