What is there to do……. PLENTY!!!
The Hawke’s Bay is full of little gems, some more well-known than others, and we’d love to share some of them with you.
Events fill the summer here in the Hawkes Bay, for the most up to date events listing check out the Hawkes Bay Event Calendar, there may be something fabulous on while you are visiting, or something to make you stay longer!
From wineries to fine dining to great fish and chips, natural landscapes, the beach and the gannets, art trails and art deco, there is something for everyone. If golf is your thing then the local region plays host to a large number of clubs with the newest being the spectacular Cape Kidnappers which looks across the best views that Hawkes Bay can offer!
Being ideally located in the middle of the three main centres of Napier, Hastings and Havelock North, the Cottages have a wealth of activities and events on their doorsteps and plenty of must do’s within a short 5-10 minute drive :
Tee off at the internationally acclaimed golf course at Cape Kidnappers, 41st in the world according to Golf Magazine
Walk to the top of iconic Te Mata Peak for stunning views or paraglide from it’s summit!
Bike between the wineries, cycle the pathways or mountain bike the many tracks and trails
Find serenity in the award winning parks and gardens, many in the grounds of beautiful homesteads
Check out the worlds largest mainland gannet colony
Try the scrumptious tastings of locally made cheese at Hohepa and Origin Earth or try out the cheese larder at Sileni for the ultimate in cheese tastings from NZ and around the world.
Visit Arataki Honey and taste the multitude of different varieties of honey they have on offer.. they are the biggest beekeeping operation in the Southern Hemisphere.
Enjoy a wet and wild adventure at the water theme park, Splash Planet
Follow the Art Trail to over 50 art galleries and artists studios across the Hawkes Bay region. Plus the Public artwork on display adorning the streets of Hastings City.
Visit over 65 wineries in the Hastings District.
Immerse yourself in the local delicacies at the Hawkes Bay Farmers Market every Sunday in Hastings.
Discover the amazing Art Deco buildings, and the history of the 1931 earthquake which resulted on the inner city of Napier being devastated, on a walking tour of the Napier city streets.
Visit the National Aquarium of NZ in Napier.
Surf Cast and catch your dinner 300 metres from the Cottages
Kayak the local Tuki Tuki and Clive rivers, or along the sea edge
Fancy trialling some locally brewed cider and beer, then one of our favourite places to go is the fantastic Filter Room , where their brews are produced on site… twelve boutique beers/ciders in their range… and a bonus is their great food.
Food, food, food, the Hawkes Bay is renowned for its fantastic produce…. There are so many great restaurants… Craggy Range , Pacifica , Mission Estate), The Old Church, Ten Twenty Four, Farmers Market , who each pride themselves on using fresh, seasonal and local produce.
Interested in the Napier earthquake then grab a bit of history, and some art, at the MTG Hawkes Bay