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Homegrown Hastings

If you don’t like good food, large quantities of wine and stunning views, you may want to consider spending your money on a new flat screen instead of a holiday. If, on the other hand, you’re drooling at the thought, Hastingsis a killer option and delivers it all without any attitude. Win!

Hastings is a little Kiwi gem on the east coast of the North Island. Located in the middle of Hawke’s Bay, it is home to over 65 wineries. Getting around to sample them all in a week or two is no easy task, but it’s amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it! To see something other than the bottom of a wine glass, visit Cape Kidnappers for the views and then drive out to Napieror Havelock Northfor the nightlife. And finally, rest your wine brain at Haumoana Farmyard.


HASTINGS’ TOP 10

10. Keirunga Park Railway This 850m (2,789ft) track is operated by the local steamers. Great views of a beautiful part of the country.

5. Splash Planet Fun Park 6.5 hectares of excitement at the biggest water park in NZ!

9. Beatles Museum If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll love this. If you’re not, you have no taste!

4. Hastings City Art Gallery Contemporary Kiwi art in a nice modern setting. Not to be missed.

8. Omahu Bird and Animal Park If you’re scared of things that can fly and run, give this one a miss.

3. Hawkes Bay Exhibition Centre You’ll find everything from travelling exhibitions to local Maori art here.

7. The Seahorse Farm Great for kids, but also offers a really interesting tour for the oldies.

2. Westerman’s Building Take a look at the terrazzo floors before starting your walking tour.

6. Te Mata Peak Take a camera or an easel – you won’t want to forget these views in a hurry.

1. Hawke’s Bay Opera House This cutie from 1910 recently had a total makeover and is looking better than ever.


HASTINGS EVENTS

The first Sunday of every month sees a celebration of local produce with the Poukawa Country Market.

August brings some good spirit into town with the Solid Gold Radiothon BBQ and Busking, which raises money for children’s charity.

September frightens off any attackers with the Rugby, Haka, Hāngī Festival. Locals treat visitors to a friendly game of rugby, lessons in how to do the haka and some traditional Māori food.

Elephant Hill Wine and Food Festival drinks its way into October, showing off what the area has to offer.

After 14 years, the Arts in the Park Haumoana Market Day is still going strong on the first Sunday in November.


WHEN TO GO

  • Hastings is one of the warmest spots in NZ. The summers make it the country’s hottest urban area, with tops of over 30°C (86°F).
  • Winters generally have a top of 20°C (68°F), with the breeze cooling the nights significantly.
  • There is a low average rainfall here so you’d be pretty unlucky if your trip got washed out completely.


GETTING AROUND

  • If you’re after a good look around, and you should be, hiring a car is the best option. Some of the attractions are a fair distance apart, although many tour companies include transport.
  • There are some nice places to stroll around, as well as some great walking tours, so going by shank’s pony is a great idea.

  • Buses run around the city and cover Napier, Hastings and Havelock North for around $4 for a return trip.

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Hotels in Hastings

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From US$56

1 Amici Motel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

207 Pakowhai Road Hastings Map

Welcome to AMICI Motel, fresh, modern and comfortable accommodation, set in parklike grounds caters for the executive traveller, corporates, families and the more discerning on a budget. Our... More

Managers were very helpful allowed us to swap to larger unit
Hotel was central where we wanted it. Only thing near the front of the highway very noisy when trucks go by. Comfortable and good value for price Showers need modernising, old style.
14 Apr 2015

2 Comfort Inn Fairmont

2 stars
4.0 / 5 5 reviews

1120 Karamu Road North Map

With its friendly service, special hospitality and affordable rates, the Comfort Inn Fairmont hotel is the perfect place to stay on your next visit to Hastings. GeneralBusiness travellers can... More

MODERN,CLEAN WELL PRSENTED
MODERN,CLEAN,WELL PRESENTED ROOM,FREINDLY STAFF,VALUE FOR MONEY
8 Sep 2014
From US$62

3 Shoreline Motel Napier

4 stars
3.3 / 5 4 reviews

377 Marine Parade Map

The Shoreline Motel is a stunning beachfront motel located in sunny Hawke's Bay. Only minutes walk from Napier town, with its cafe culture and boutique shops; and being adjacent to the beach, the... More

Work trip
Having stayed at this hotel, it was somewhat disappointing to be bitten by bed bugs or by something in the room. Came away with bites! Have informed the manager at the hotel.
6 Apr 2015
From US$65

4 Beachfront Motel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

373 Marine Parade Map

THE BEACH FRONT MOTEL remains Napier's most sought after place to stay. We have several different styles of accommodation on offer, from stunning ocean view suites to our modern city view... More

Best motel I have ever stayed in
What more can I say everything about the place is first class
26 Apr 2015
From US$87

5 Village Motel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

Corner Te Aute Road & Porter Drive Map

Village Motel offers the unique experience of staying in a true 'village' setting, Conveniently located diagonally opposite the shopping centre in the heart of Havelock North. The motel offers 20... More

Ideal Hawke's Bay base
This is a motel and ideally suited as a base in the most climatically equable part of NZ and 2 minutes walk into the iconic Havelock North village. I recommend it highly.
1 Dec 2014
From US$71

6 Cottages on St Andrews

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

14 St Andrews Rd Map

Be it for a romantic holiday or family getaway, Cottages on St Andrews makes for a suitable base for travellers in this suburb in Hastings. This Havelock North property features a setting with farm... More

Just Perfect
A warm and friendly greeting by the owner put me at ease immediately. The 'studio' was very comfortable and had all the necessitites. I loved seeing animals in the fenced paddock next to my room...
4 Feb 2015

7 Havelock House

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

77 Endsleigh Road Map

Nestled in 4 acres within the slopes of Te Mata Peak in the lovely Hawke's Bay is the Havelock House Bed and Breakfast, just 3 minutes from Havelock North. This elegant colonial style home offers... More

Great weekend
WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR 2 NIGHT STAY WITH DIANA AND JEFF THEY WERE EXCEPTIONAL HOSTS AND THE ACCOMMODATION WAS EXCELLENT ALONG WITH GREAT BREAKFASTS
24 Nov 2014
From US$45

8 Parkside Lodge

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

82 Tait Drive Map

Parkside Lodge welcomes vacationers to budget-friendly and cosy accommodations with convenient access to Napier tourist destinations. Holidaymakers at this modern hotel have wine tastings at Church... More

Quirky and Comfortable
Very different to other Accommodation. Out of the way location, but easy access to on ramp to Hastings or direct route into Napier City. Communal kitchen well set out and loved the home...
2 Dec 2014

9 Mangapapa Petit Hotel

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

466 Napier Road Map

Mangapapa Petit Hotel Hastings, a grand and historic country home in the Wine Country, is surrounded by peach and apple orchards. After riding in through the driveway lined with birch trees,... More

From US$82

10 Ballina Motel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

393 Gloucester Rd Map

Whether on leisure or business vacation, BEST WESTERN Ballina Motel invites the guests for an enjoyable stay by offering quality accommodations and well connected location. Area attractions are... More

Comfort and Convenience
Friendly staff who went the extra mile when my plans went awry. The studio room was nicely decorated, with everything you need for a short stay. More than happy to recommend.
5 Jun 2014
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