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Enjoy a wonderful wine tour in Hastings

Hastings is at the heart of the Hawke’s Bay region. The sunny climate and excellent range of world-famous wines make it an exemplary holiday destination.

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Hastings is a sunny and welcoming city at the heart of the North Island's Hawke's Bay region. Famous for its excellent wineries, top quality restaurants and attractive 1930s Art Deco architecture, it makes for a great stop on your venture around the North Island. When you visit, spend time enjoying the pleasant surrounding countryside, wander among the town's architectural delights and of course, sample some of the region's famous wines.

Tour the Hawke's Bay wineries

The warm and sunny climate here is almost tailor-made for growing fruit of all kinds. That's why the whole countryside surrounding Hastings is littered with orchards and vineyards. There are around 40 wineries and cellar doors near Hastings and over 100 in the greater Hawke's Bay area, making it a key part of the Great New Zealand Wine Trail.

An enjoyable way to travel from winery to winery is by bike – the roads in the area are largely flat and smooth and there are around 180 kilometres of dedicated cycle trail across the region.

Wine lovers will find a range of world-renowned wines just begging to be sampled. Cabernet Merlot is the most common found here, but you'll also be able to sample lip-smacking Syrahs, Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Hawke's Bay Farmer's Market

Every Sunday morning the Hastings Showgrounds plays host to the Hawke's Bay Farmer's Market, a collection of over 70 stalls selling the best of local produce while local performers provide musical entertainment. The market is your best chance to try a number of the region's best wines, together with fresh produce such as Te Mata mushrooms, breads and pastries, hand-made sauces and an abundance of farm produce, all in one place.

So if you're a lover of good wines or a fan of fresh local produce, stick a pin in Hastings when you map out your tour of the North Island.