Top Choice Park in Hastings & Around

Te Mata Peak

Rising dramatically from the Heretaunga Plains 16km south of Havelock North, Te Mata Peak (399m) is part of the 1-sq-km Te Mata Trust Park. The summit road passes sheep tracks, rickety fences and vertigo-inducing st…
Top Choice Museum in Napier

MTG Hawke’s Bay

The beating cultural heart of Napier is the smart-looking MTG. It's a gleaming-white museum-theatre-gallery space by the water, and it brings live performances, film screenings and regularly changing gallery and mus…
Top Choice Architecture in Napier

Daily Telegraph Building

The Daily Telegraph is one of the stars of Napier's art-deco show, with superb zigzags, fountain shapes and a symmetrically patterned facade. If the front doors are open, nip inside and ogle the painstakingly restor…
Winery in Hastings & Around

Black Barn Vineyards

This hip, inventive winery has a bistro, a gallery, a popular summer Saturday morning farmers market (one of the first in NZ) and an amphitheatre for regular concerts and movie screenings. Tasting the flagship chard…
Bird Sanctuary in Cape Kidnappers

Gannet Colony

Cape Kidnappers' gaggling gannet colony is best viewed between early November and late February, when the gannets are here in the greatest numbers. Take a guided tour (charges apply) to get the most out of the exper…
Public Art in Napier

Sea Walls

Painted as part of street-art festivals held in 2016 and 2017, almost 50 colourful and thought-provoking murals are scattered across Napier. Pick up the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans map from the Napier i-SITE or th…
Architecture in Napier

National Tobacco Company Building

Around the shore at Ahuriri, the National Tobacco Company Building (1932) is arguably the region’s deco masterpiece, combining art-deco forms with the natural motifs of art nouveau. Roses, raupo (bulrushes) and grap…
Winery in Hastings & Around

Mission Estate Winery

New Zealand’s oldest winery was established in 1851. Follow the looong tree-lined driveway up the hill to the restaurant (serving lunch and dinner, mains $28 to $38) and cellar door, inside a magnificently restored …
Aquarium in Napier

National Aquarium of New Zealand

Inside this modern complex with its stingray-inspired roof are piranhas, terrapins, eels, kiwi, tuatara and a whole lotta fish. Snorkellers can swim with sharks ($100), or sign up for a 'Little Penguin Close Encount…
Viewpoint in Napier

Bluff Hill Lookout

The convoluted route to the top of Bluff Hill (102m) goes up and down like an elevator on speed (best to drive), but rewards with expansive views across the port. Bring a picnic or some fish and chips.