Outdoor and adventure in Hawke's Bay

Locals and visitors alike love getting outdoors in Hawke's Bay. Whether it be a walk up Te Mata Peak, an adrenaline-filled rafting trip down the Mohaka River, or perhaps a lazy day at Waimarama Beach, the diversity of their outdoor experiences means there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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Visit The National Aquarium of New Zealand

Get as close to the ocean as you can without getting your feet wet at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Travel beneath the enormous oceanarium or take a behind the scenes tour to discover the abundant marine life living at the aquarium. If you’d like to get up close to the animals ask them about their range of Close Encounter experiences.

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Hire a bike and explore the trails

The Hawke’s Bay Trails boast 200km of flat, easy-riding trails throughout the region, connecting award-winning wineries, unique cafés, quaint country pubs and artisan outlets. Hire some bikes and collect a map, and you'll be on your way. Follow the routes for the popular Water, Landscape or Wineries rides, or create your own journey.

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Stay and play at Mohaka River Farm

Nestled in the foothills of the Kaweka Ranges is Mohaka River Farm, a 280-acre family owned and operated holiday park and working farm situated on the pristine Mohaka River. Whether you're looking for a relaxing long weekend on the banks of the river, a horse trekking adventure or an opportunity to learn some new skills and engage in a hands-on farm experience, Mohaka River Farm has everything you need to reconnect with nature.

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Walk or bike up Te Mata Peak

Explore the beautiful parkland by walking or mountain biking up Te Mata Peak and enjoying the superb views over the Hawkes Bay region from the top. Be sure to include a stop in the spectacular Redwoods Forest - a 223 grove of California redwoods.

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Explore Waimarama Beach

A summertime favourite with locals, Waimarama is one of the most popular coastal resorts in the country. Its long stretches of sandy beach are ideal for walking, jogging, swimming, surfing and fishing. Waimarama is a popular weekender and picnic venue just 25 minutes' drive from Havelock North.

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Take a rafting trip down the Mohaka River

Mohaka Rafting provides full day and multi-day adventures on grade 2 to 5 Whitewater just north of Napier. The stunning Mohaka River gorge has everything from scenic half-day grade 2 raft and duckie (inflatable kayak) trips, to the deep gorges and challenging rapids of the grade 4/5.

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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 at least half a day for the drive.

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