Embrace autumn in Hawke’s Bay region

I was getting bummed out since summer’s officially over and I won’t be able to stop autumn from happening. Good thing there was this ANZAC long weekend so I could get to enjoy the changing colours of this season. I’ve read that Hawke’s Bay is stunning at this time of the year. And it’s true! From its golden scenery, wineries and vineyards, hiking and biking trails… it brought out the autumn lover in me.

Within Hawke’s Bay, you can drive through Havelock North, Hastings, and Napier which offer different points you can see and do. Here are some places you can check out in the region:

1. Drive to / hike up Te Mata Peak in Hastings


360 degrees beauty!

2. Take a dip in Maraetotara Falls in Hastings


Well, actually the water is just too cold, so I couldn’t be bothered! LOL!

3. Winery hopping in Hastings and Napier

Ngatarawa Winery in Hastings
Seems like a nice wedding venue, right? 🙂
The place closes at 5pm but they allowed us to stay until sunset. 🙂
I tasted about 6-7 types of wines and made friends with the Argentinian guy behind the counter. My favorite was Chardonnay.
Another day to explore another winery.
This time in the famous Mission Estate Winery — the birthplace of New Zealand wine since 1851.


4. Drive to Cape Kidnappers

You need to book with Gannet Beach Adventures tours to be able to get closer to the cliffs and gannet colony and discover how nature shaped these rock formations. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to book in advance. 😦

5. Do a leisurely stroll in Emerson street, Napier

There are about 94 palm trees in Emerson street.

6. Or enjoy the sea air in Ahuriri, Napier

Fishing area, boats unloading their catch, joggers loving the breeze.

7. Or just enjoy the drive around Hawke’s Bay this autumn!


Autumn temperatures are dropping in the morning but then it gets warm by midday. I hope you enjoy autumn down under as much as you can! 😉


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