The stunning region of the Hawke's Bay is known for its gourmet food and world-class wineries. Hawke's Bay has over 100 vineyards and 80 wineries and is regarded as the fruit bowl of New Zealand.
After an earthquake levelled the seaside city of Napier in 1931, a rebuild saw it completey resdesigned in the style of the times. New buildings were constructed in the Art Deco style with Maori motifs to give the city a unique New Zealand character. Today Napier is know for some of the world's finest 1930's architecture.
Cape Kidnappers is home to the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world. The migatory birds start arriving in late July in preparation for the nesting season but the best time to see them in numbers is between November and February.