The sunny Hawkes Bay, located conveniently on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, is a must-visit to tick off your New Zealand bucket list. Renowned for its award-winning food, wine, stunning landscapes and beautiful wineries there is just no place like Hawkes Bay. The extensive range of sights, activities and experiences available in the region means Hawkes Bay has something for everyone. Whether you are a food, wine, nature, adventure or beach lover or are looking for somewhere to entertain children in the School Holidays, this corner of New Zealand offers something to keep everyone happy.

The Ultimate One-Day Hawkes Bay Itinerary

One day in Hawkes bay offers endless opportunities for both relaxing and exploring while taking in copious amounts of Hawke’s bay’s beautiful scenery.  It is easy and quick to travel from place to place in the bay, meaning you are able to experience a lot of Hawke’s bay in just one day. Wine and dine in award-winning wineries and restaurants, visit the historic art-deco city, relax in the sunshine or lose yourself in the stunning beach and hill landscapes of places like Cape kidnappers - A day in the Hawkes Bay is a day you won’t forget quickly.

Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay New Zealand, Gannet Safaris

Lose yourself at the beautiful Cape Kidnappers

3 days in Hawkes Bay in the school holidays

Escaping to this corner of New Zealand in the school holidays guarantees the making of fun family memories. Hawkes bay offers a vast range of activities the whole family will enjoy as well as fantastic family-friendly accommodation. Take an educational tour to the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony, visit the national aquarium or let off steam running around at a water park, the beach or one of the bays many wide-open spaces.  A few fun-filled days with the family in Hawkes Bay will fly by too quickly. Hawkes bay is a destination that is sure to keep both parents and children entertained.

The Ultimate 7 Day North Island Itinerary 

The North Island of New Zealand is renowned for its stunning diverse landscapes; there are countless mountains, beaches and lakes to be explored as well as many activities and sights to be ticked off bucket lists. A week in the North Island could mean spending a night in New Zealand’s bustling little city, Auckland. Heading down and exploring one of the cultural and adventure hubs of New Zealand, Rotorua, journeying on to visit the beautiful lake Taupo and then making the short trip down to spend a few magical days and nights in the sunny Hawkes Bay.

Rotorua, New Zealand

Immerse yourself in New Zealand culture on your way down to Hawkes Bay

Visiting Hawkes Bay and Gannet Safaris Overland. 

Hawkes Bays location of the east coast of the North Island is central to many fantastic cities and towns, making it easy for Hawkes Bay to be a part of your north island itinerary, or to be a destination for a weekend or school holiday getaway. There truly is something for everyone in the bay, the enchanting landscapes, beautiful weather and a wide range of sights and activities make Hawkes Bay a unique and easy destination to visit. When in Hawkes Bay Gannet Safaris Overland is a must-do, the breathtaking views of the bay and cape kidnappers and the up-close experience with the magnificent gannets is an unforgettable activity that will make your Hawkes bay visit even more special.

Gannet Safaris, Hawkes Bay

Get up and close to the magnificent gannets

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