Art, culture and heritage in Hawke's Bay

With creative culture fed by good food and great wine, Hawke's Bay is home to many talented artists, photographers, furniture and fashion designers.

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Join an art deco walking or vintage car tour

Make the Art Deco Centre your first stop to find out more about the devastating 1931 earthquake and the rebuild of the city in the style of the times - Art Deco. Learn about the earthquake which resulted in the outstanding architecture by joining a walking, vintage car or bus tour.

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Explore MTG Hawke's Bay

Visit Hawke's Bay's award -winning museum, home of the region's taonga and other treasures. Explore the artefacts in the Taonga Māori Gallery and discover the remarkable story of the region's recovery following the devastating earthquake in 1931.

MTG website

Visit the many art galleries, workshops and home studios

Pick up a Hawke’s Bay Art Guide from the local i-SITE Visitor Centre and spend a morning, afternoon or full day visiting galleries, workshops and home studios. While at the i-SITE make sure you ask the friendly staff for their top picks and tips.

Hawke's Bay Art Guide website

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SeaWalls: Artists for Oceans

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a groundbreaking street art project created by PangeaSeed members and supporting artists to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans into streets around the globe via art and activism. Pick up a map, and explore more than 50 giant murals across Napier CBD and Ahuriri.

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Experience an authentic Māori tour

Waimārama Māori Tours' award-winning experiences will touch your heart and open your mind. Take an intimate, personal and spiritual journey through the more-than-800-year life of the Waimārama tribe. Share their culture, get to know the family, and feel the power of their sacred ancestral lands.

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Tour the Church Road Winery

Church Road Winery, renowned for being the first in New Zealand to craft exceptional quality Bordeaux style red wine, was a pioneer in the creation of the Hawke’s Bay wine industry. Take a guided tour through the working winery and New Zealand's first wine museum at Church Road winery, after enjoying a wine tasting or sumptuous platter.

Church Road website

Visit the Mission Estate Winery

Visit New Zealand’s oldest winery, established by the Marist Brothers in 1851. The Mission Estate Winery is an iconic Hawke’s Bay landmark inside the elegantly restored historic seminary building. They offer elegant, classic surroundings, magnificent views, world class cuisine and wines in a stunning vineyard location.

Mission Estate website

 

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Discover Māori legends and landmarks

Hawke’s Bay has a proud cultural heritage that continues to form a strong link between past and present. Many of the region's most recognisable natural and built landmarks are steeped in Maori history and mythology, and are waiting to be explored.

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Napier's Words on Walls

Seek out the whimsical, witty and wise words hidden amongst the Art Deco streets of Napier. Head out for a stroll in the mid-town precinct and it doesn’t take long to work out the theme of the inner city streets in this Eastern city. Great English writers are remembered in the lanes and main streets, so if your passion is literature, you’ll feel right at home.

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Continue to Wairarapa

To continue the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, drive south through the Tararua district to the boutique vineyards of the Wairarapa. An easy circuit through pastoral landscapes to outlying vineyard clusters and charming small villages. Allow half a day for the drive and on the way, stop at the historic Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka.

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