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About Hawke's Bay

Long hot summers and mild sunny winters make Hawke's Bay the perfect place to live. Ranging from Mahia in the North through to Porangahau in the South, the region boasts a wide range of activities and attractions to suit all ages. With Wairoa, Mahia and Lake Waikaremoana in the North, Hastings, Havelock North, Napier and Central Hawke's Bay in the South, Hawke's Bay provides a fun, fantastic, secure lifestyle, excellent education opportunities and there has never been a better time to build.


Ask anyone who lives in Hawke's Bay and they will tell you 'it is the place to live'. Hawke's Bay boasts 170 vineyards, more than 70 wineries, and 40 cellar doors, traditional farmers markets, boutique food stores, various shopping centres and fabulous fresh produce. The area is widely recognized as New Zealand's leading wine and food region. Outdoor dining at one of the many award winning winery restaurants is a typical outing for locals, as is partaking in one of the many winery concerts over the summer months.


Hawke's Bay has a generally dry, warm climate because it is sheltered on the west by the North Island's main mountain ranges. The region has approximately 2,200 hours of sunshine each year and the Heretaunga plains have even more.

Napier holds the record for the most sunshine hours in a year for a North Island centre – 2,588 in 1994. In summer the maximum daytime temperature is usually 19–27°C. In winter, the daily maximum is 10–15°C

The Region


Population and People:

Hawke's Bay represents 3.7% of the national population. The population of Hawke's Bay is approximately 147,783 people (Statistics March 2009) covering Wairoa District 9,900, Napier City 53,463, Hastings District 66,279 and Central Hawke's Bay District 13,038.

A thriving New Zealand province, Hawke's Bay is known as a friendly region, with hard-working people who have moved from a predominantly rural economy to a wide range of business enterprises.

The region has a significant Maori population with the major local iwi being Ngāti Kahungunu.

Sport and Recreation:

The climate means most people take advantage of outdoor pursuits and an active lifestyle. Rugby has a significant following in Hawke's Bay. The Hawke's Bay Magpies play their home matches at McLean Park in Napier and were championship winners in 2011. The coast line of Hawke's Bay offers many glorious, unpopulated beaches ideal for surfing, diving, swimming, fishing and more. Whether you prefer golf, tramping, cycling, mountain biking or hot air ballooning... Hawke's Bay caters for almost every sporting interest.

Population and People

Sport and Recreation

Activities and Events:

Hawke's Bay offers plenty to see and do every week of the year including many high profile events such as Black Barn Outdoor Cinema Series, the Mission Concert and Art Deco Weekend. The people of Hawke's Bay enjoy relaxed pace of life but with all the benefits of their two vibrant cities, such as the café scene, sophisticated shopping, arts, entertainment and sports.

Schools and Educational Facilities:

Hawke's Bay offers a broad range of educational opportunities from early childhood education to internationally recognised, tertiary facilities. With over 120 schools in the region, Hawke's Bay provides both public and private schooling options.

Activities and Events

Schools and Educational Facilities

 For further information on Hawke's Bay visit www.hawkesbaynz.com

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