DISCOVER THE BEST OF HAWKE'S BAY
Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its award-winning wines, it’s hot, dry climate, golden beaches, nature and wildlife. It was named by Captain Cook in honour of Admiral Edward Hawke who decisively defeated the French at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759. The main centres are Napier and Hastings, both of which are significant cities of industry and production. The region is about a quarter populated with Maori and hosts the country’s most elaborate Maori New Year celebrations, known as Matariki, that take place in June.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION
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Hawke’s Bay is one of the most seismically active regions in New Zealand and has experienced many large and often damaging earthquakes in its history, the worst of which wiped out much of Napier’s Art Deco architecture in 1931 which has now been restored. The region is also home to a hill with the longest place name in New Zealand and in the world according to the 2009 Guinness Book of Records -‘Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu’. It could take longer to say properly than to climb!