Attractions

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 Church in Pacific Coast Hwy

St Mary’s Church

If you haven't yet made it into a marae (meeting house), you’ll get a fair idea of what you’re missing out on by visiting the extraordinary St Mary’s Church, built in 1924. It’s nothing special from the outside, but…
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…
Top Choice Museum in Gisborne

Tairawhiti Museum

The Tairawhiti Museum, with its fab gallery extension, focuses on East Coast Māori and colonial history. It is Gisborne’s arts hub, with rotating exhibits and excellent historic photographic displays. There's also a…
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…
Gardens in Gisborne

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

An arboreal nirvana, Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the largest collection of northern-hemisphere trees and shrubs in the southern hemisphere. It's staggeringly beautiful, and you could easily lose a day wandering around…
Statue in Gisborne

Footrot Flats Statue

Gisborne is already well endowed with statues, but this one commemorating the hugely popular Footrot Flats cartoons by Gisborne local, the late Murray Ball, is our new favourite. Wal, the series' archetypal Kiwi far…
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…