Hawke’s Bay Must Dos

Tremains Art Deco Weekend

13 – 17 February 2019

Every years, thousands of visitors flock to Napier for the Tremains Art Deco weekend – a must do. For 30 years the Art Deco Trust has been dedicated to the preservation, promotion and celebration of the Art Deco City of Napier. Expert guides have taken thousands of visitors through the unique and colourful 1930s streetscape exploring the hidden gems of yesteryear either on foot, coach, mini bus or by the very luxurious vintage car.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors have joined the party of the year at the Tremains Art Deco Weekend held annually in February and all have enjoyed visiting and shopping at the Art Deco Centre in the heart of the city.

Climb Te Mata Peak

Te Mata Peak – Standing 399 metres above the Heretaunga Plains, Te Mata Peak is both a visual feature and an integral part of Hawke’s Bay history, Maori and European.

Te Mata Peak

Enjoyed by over 200,000 people annually, the Park offers visitors stunning and varied scenery, unique topography, geology, flora and fauna and a wide range of recreational activities.


Play Golf at Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers –  a half hour drive from the cities of Hastings and Napier, is a craggy peninsula named to commemorate an incident during Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage. Maori traders seized Cook’s Tahitian cabin boy who they thought was being held against his will. When Cook’s men fired on the Maori canoe, the cabin boy escaped and returned to the ship.

Visitors can get within a few feet of the world’s largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony which is at the top of the Cape’s sheer and barren cliffs and gold enthusiasts can challenge themselves to try and get around the famous course without losing a ball over the cliffs.


Visit the National Aquarium

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National Aquarium – Nowhere else in New Zealand can you experience such a large and diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife, both native species and from around the world.

At the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, Hawke’s Bay. You can also swim freely with the sharks (in a wetsuit not a cage). The thrill of this experience will form the memory of a lifetime as the greatest underwater predators take your breath away. You don’t have to be a qualified diver it is a surface snorkeling swim only. Your swim will be fully supervised as you eyeball sharks, stingrays and skates, and get up close with local fish like Kahawai and Snapper from nearby Hawke’s Bay. Guaranteed to get your blood pumping and send your adrenaline levels through the roof!