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 …
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…
Monument in Gisborne

Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana

Like a giant sundial, Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana is a large modern sculpture in the shape of a tauihu (canoe prow) that celebrates early Māori explorers.
Gardens in Gisborne

Gisborne Botanic Gardens

The town gardens are sitting pretty beside the Taruheru River – a beaut spot for a picnic and a romp around the big playground. Wiggle through the NZ native Bushland Walkway.
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.…
Market in Napier

Napier Urban Farmers Market

Score some super-fresh local produce: fruit, veggies, bread, coffee, dairy products, honey, wine… Who needs supermarkets?
Winery in Hastings & Around

Crab Farm Winery

Decent, reasonably priced wines, and a great cafe with regular live troubadours and relaxed, rustic vibes. A good stop for lunch or a glass of rosé (preferably both).
Winery in Hastings & Around

Craggy Range

Definitely one of Hawke's Bay's flashiest wineries – wonderful wines, excellent restaurant and accommodation.
Winery in Hastings & Around

Mission Estate Winery

New Zealand’s oldest winery (1851!). Follow the looong tree-lined driveway up the hill to the restaurant (mains $28 to $35, serving lunch and dinner) and cellar door, inside a magnificently restored seminary. Call t…