A travel guide to Hastings, New Zealand providing Hastings tourism and travel information with hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping, tours and things to do.
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Hastings is a lovely, sun-drenched town on the edge of Hawkes Bay. It is located in a unique food- and wine-production region of New Zealand its many different types of cuisine are unrivaled anywhere else in the country. Hastings is the place to find a var iety of fresh local produce, artisan food producers, a vibrant arts scene and a rich Maori culture.

There are a number of wineries and vineyards surrounding the area around Hastings, several of them boasting international recognition. The majority of the facilities are ultramodern, and the locals and visitors alike keep them busy and in constant competition. This means that locally-produced premium wines are inexpensive while being considered among the best wines in the world. There are a staggering number of tours and wine tasting events to keep you entertained all year-round.

In Hastings, architecture buffs don’t need to make any special plans – the city boasts of being a work of art in itself. Most of the original buildings were destroyed in the Hawkes Bay earthquake in 1931. Citizens and officials decided to recreate most of the affected cities in the stunning Art Deco and Spanish Mission styles that were gaining popularity at the time, and this influence still exists strongly here. The clock tower in the city center and the Heretaunga Street shopping areas are examples of this architecturally significant style.

Hastings is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding Hawke’s Bay Area. Nearby Te Mata Peak offers great scenic views of the entire region. For bird watching enthusiasts, Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s bay is the largest gannet colony on the planet. If you’re feeling energetic, take an enjoyable eight km beach hike starting at Clifton Domain to the Cape. You can only take the beach route at low tide, the safest time to leave Clifton is no sooner than three hours after high tide.  Leave the cape no later than 1.5 hours after low tide. The track follows the beach past Black Reef gannet colony, climbs up a cliff, and about one km beyond the reef is a rest area with water and facilities. Several walkways are located in the Hawke’s Bay region. The Te Mata Peak Walkway is closest to Hastings, and provides magnificent views of the bay.

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