Introducing Hawke's Bay
Hawke Bay, the name given to the body of water that stretches from the Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers, looks like it’s been bitten out of the North Island’s eastern flank. Add an apostrophe and an ‘s’ and you’ve got a region that stretches south and inland to include fertile farmland, surf beaches, mountainous ranges and forests.
The southern edge of the bay is a travel-channel come to life – food, wine and architecture are the shared obsessions. It’s smugly comfortable but thoroughly appealing, and is best viewed through a rosé-tinted wineglass. If the weather’s putting a dampener on your beach-holiday plans, it’s a great place to head.
The Napier) of today is the silver lining of the dark cloud that was one of NZ)’s worst natural disasters.