A Marvelous Holiday in Hawke’s Bay
Situated on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Hawke’s Bay boasts more than 2,200 hours of sunshine each year. The sunshine factor, together with varied landscapes of indescribable beauty and loads of exciting activities for the whole family, makes Hawke’s Bay a popular all-year-round holiday destination for New Zealanders and international tourists alike.
Family oriented activities include a variety of water sports along Hawke’s Bay’s beautiful golden sandy beaches. The water-based theme park, Splash Planet, is situated in Hastings in the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country. This fantastic family destination features pools, water-slides and motorized rides for all ages. Set in 6.5 hectares of attractive park surroundings, Splash Planet offers rides and activities with interesting names such as the Master Blaster, Sky Castle Screamer, Pirate Fortress and Sky Tunnel.
Situated on Marine Parade right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Napier, Hawke’s Bay, the National Aquarium of New Zealand was opened in 2002 and soon earned the reputation of one of the top tourist attractions in Hawke’s Bay. The building is designed in the shape of a stingray and has a widest range of species of all the New Zealand aquariums. The National Aquarium features a reef tank, a typical New Zealand rocky shore environment and a tunnel beneath the oceanarium which gives visitors an exciting underwater experience - without getting wet. Visitors can expect to see sharks, stingrays, eels, sea horses, turtles, octopuses, tropical marine fish, frogs and much more.
For visitors who want to get up close to nature there are many options on offer. Fly fishing, bird-watching, rafting, kayaking, horse treks, hiking, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, paragliding and boating are all activities which explore the beautiful landscape and reveal the natural wonders of Hawke’s Bay. The many gardens and parks that can be enjoyed by visitors to Hawke’s Bay include Whitebay World of Lavender, with more than 24,000 mature lavender plants; Oruawharo Homestead, with gardens and woodlands to explore, as well as an extensive private collection of art and antiques; and the Coast Park Gardens, which consists of a 2.5 hectare country garden and orchards.
Hawke’s Bay is home to the most productive wine farms in New Zealand and there are many tours available – on foot, on horseback, by car, on mountain bikes – that take visitors through the wine farms. During a tour, the marvelous methods of wine-making are revealed, visitors will meet the people who have made wine-making life’s work and, of course, enjoy an unforgettable wine tasting experience.
Visitors to Hawke’s Bay can learn all about the fascinating history and traditions of the Maori people, while at the same time gaining insight into their everyday lives by means of the many tours available. Additionally, the hospitable artists, sculptors and crafters of Hawke’s Bay – both traditional and contemporary – welcome visitors to their workshops and galleries.
Clearly, New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay has got much to offer visitors of all ages and from all over the world, and is well worth visiting.