Destination Hawke's Bay

The Hawke's 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 kilometres 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 Hawke's 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 out more information on the beautiful Hawke's Bay area here.

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Getting there

Napier Airport welcomes daily domestic services from around New Zealand.

To search fare and schedule information, use the fare finder. Please note when making travel arrangements that race number collection takes place on Friday 14 May 2021 from 9.00am until 9.00pm.



In partnership with, New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty 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, farm stays and home stays. 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 15 May 2021. Please read through it and familiarise yourself with the road closures.

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

Download the 2019 Road Closure Map