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Hastings Tourism

Lying in the plains of Heretaunga of the Hawke’s Bay region, Hastings is one of the most populous cities in New Zealand. It’s twin city, Napiers is located at a 9km distance and together they form the bulk of a major population. The combined population of the two cities is around 134000. The district of Hastings has a good produce of apples and pears  and is also an important area for wine and grape cultivation. 

The cities have rich agricultural roots and their economy is majorly dependent on their produce. The tourism in Hastings- Napiers is intricately weaved through the food and wine culture of the cities, its rich agricultural produce. Hastings has around 75 wineries in and around the district and also has New Zealand’s oldest winery restaurant, Vidal Estate. There are ample of flea markets for one to pick up fresh vegetables, fruits and meat straight of nurseries and poultry.

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The earliest settlers were the Maoris who leased 70 square kilometers of land of the Heretaunga plains to Thomas Tanner, a site of Karamu junction which was later renamed to Hastings. In 1989, Hastings was converged with Havelock North Borough that today stands as the Hastings district.

The city has faced several dangerous earthquakes over the last century that ended up in huge economic losses and also several lives were lost. This is due to its geographic location which makes it susceptible to high seismic activity.

Things to Do

  • Visit the Clearview Estate, one of the most established vineyards of the Kidnapper’s coast. It was established in the year 1987 by Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg. located in Hawke Bay’s coastline at Te Awanga, the restaurant and winery are dedicated to offering you with great wine and cuisine with elaborate hospitality. It is open seven days a week during summer from 10-5 while Thursdays to Mondays from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM during winters.

  • Gannet Bikes- If biking through rugged trails is your idea of fun, Gannet Bikes offers to take you through the magnificent cliffs of beachy spots on their Fat Bikes and ultimately bring you to the Gannet Colonies. It is open during the months of January to April and from October to December.

  • Visit Te Mata Peaks- A great spot to give a striking view of the Craggy Range Winery and Bluff Hills of the Napiers. It is best visited during the months of fall and spring when the weather is pleasant and mild. The drive up to the hill is also a scenic one that offers you a trail of panoramic views to indulge in.

  • A self-guided bike trip from Coastal wineries to Napiers- Initiated by the Napier City Bike Hire and Tours, it offers you rental bikes to avail. You can help yourself with a map, spend quality time biking through the coast of beaches and trail through the four notable wineries, maybe stop at one. There is also a shuttle service at the end of your tour so you do not have to trudge your way back biking after tasting wine.

  • Cape Kidnappers- South to the bay of Napiers, Cape Kidnappers is a dotted area of white cliffs. It is alongside the mainland Gannet colonies. You can safari beach there or just stroll through them during low tides and click pictures of the place.

  • Ash Ridges Wine- A winery that is dedicated to serving you premium, fine quality wine from their handcrafted and single-estate vineyards. Adult entry here is free of cost and the winery is open from 10 am to 5 pm, except on Sundays.

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What is the best time to visit Hastings?

The months between November and April are when the city experiences fall and spring which is considered to be when Napier and Hastings are at their most pleasant. The temperature in on moderate margins, neither too hot and nor too cold. 
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What are the places near Hastings?

The top places near to Hastings are Gisborne which is 148 km from Hastings, Napier which is located 18 km from Hastings, Auckland which is located 360 km from Hastings, Rotorua which is located 175 km from Hastings, Whakatane which is located 188 km from Hastings

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