Attractions

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 mu…
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…
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 ziggurat aesthetic. If the front doors are open, nip inside and ogle at the painstakingly restored foyer …
Winery in Hastings & Around

Black Barn Vineyards

This hip, inventive winery has a bistro, a gallery, a popular summer Saturday farmers market (one of the first in NZ) and an amphitheatre for regular concerts and movie screenings. The flagship chardonnay is like ki…
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…
Winery in Gisborne

Matawhero

Home of a particularly buttery chardy. Enjoy your picnic in bucolic splendour, accompanied by a flight of fine wines.
Gardens in Gisborne

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

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 th…
Church in Pacific Coast Hwy

St Mary’s Church

If you haven't yet made it into a marae, 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 step inside for…
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…
Brewery in Gisborne

Sunshine Brewery

Sunshine, Gisborne’s own natural brewery, has a fab new tasting room near Waikanae Beach, bottling-up a clutch of quality craft beers including the flagship Gisborne Gold lager. Tasting paddles (five beers) are $15.…