Discover Havelock North’s neatest places to eat, drink, shop and more with our guides.

 

Pretty as a picture and full of charm, Havelock North is a small village in Hawke’s Bay, yet it packs a big punch of vibrancy, things to do and stunning scenery. 

Situated at the base of Te Mata Peak, with rolling countryside to one side of the village centre and the ocean not too far away in the other direction. Thanks to its location, Havelock North makes the perfect base to explore some of the best vineyards and wineries in the country. From large well-known estates to smaller operations focusing on one or two varieties, there’s something to suit every palate and tasting preference.

In addition to being home to these many vineyards, Havelock North is also a foodie’s dream come true. Given its small size, there are an incredible number of cafés and restaurants within the small footprint of the village and just beyond its borders. Whether you are looking for that perfect cup of coffee to start your morning, a casual but delicious spot for lunch or somewhere for dinner that will blow your culinary socks off, Havelock North has you covered. 

This small village also delivers on the retail therapy front, with some of the best shopping throughout Hawke’s Bay. With everything from designer boutiques to specialist gift stores to second-hand and vintage stores that deliver the best finds. 

Havelock North has it all, proximity to gorgeous nature, a food and wine scene that is the envy of much bigger metropolitan areas and a climate that is pleasant to visit year-round. So arm yourself with our guide and enjoy your time in Havelock North. 

12 Hours Havelock North

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Your guide to the best things to do in Havelock North, Hastings

St Martha

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The Havelock North dining scene continues to trend positively, fuelled recently by its latest addition, St Martha.

Lot 2

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Havelock North’s Lot 2 is a laid back, unpretentious eatery that starts each day as a café, before transforming into an intimate evening destination.

Craggy Range Restaurant

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Family-owned Craggy Range is situated mere moments from Havelock North, nestled between the Tukituki River and the majestic hillside of Te Mata Peak.

Black Barn Bistro

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Right from the beginning, it was obvious that the warm north-facing slopes, the stunning outlook and the close proximity to the village of Havelock North meant that Black...

Piku

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Down a cute laneway off Joll Road in Havelock North, a treasure trove of eateries can be found, including Piku, the only Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar...

nic&cole

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Looking for the very best from New Zealand fashion designers in Havelock North? Then look no further, nic&cole in the heart of the village is the place to go and well...

Pipi Pizza Café

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Wandering around Havelock North, it’s hard to miss the bright fuschia pink facade of the pizza café and local favourite Pipi.

Birdwoods Gallery & Café

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Birdwoods Gallery & Café is a unique and special place in the heart of rural Havelock North.

Smith & Sheth

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Smith & Sheth is the result of the passion and love of wine of renowned New Zealand Master of Wine Steve Smith and Texas investor Brian Sheth.

Mary's

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Looking for a neighbourhood restaurant where the vibe is that perfect mix between casual, approachable, yet effortlessly sophisticated? Mary’s in Havelock North fits...

Deliciosa

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A consistent favourite on the Havelock North dining scene since 2007, packing big punchy flavours into shared plates, there is a reason Deliciosa is still at the top of its...

Workroom

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Hidden down a laneway on Joll Road in Havelock North, you will come across caffeine superstars Workroom.

A Place in the Sun: Best Al Fresco Dining in Hastings and Havelock North

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Commonly referred to as the ‘fruit bowl of New Zealand’, Hawke’s Bay is something of a paradise for culinary enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike. The region’s temperate climate lends itself to many an outside meal, and with an abundance of charming outdoor spaces on offer, al fresco dining is a concept most locals are more than just a little familiar with.

Muse Art Gallery

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When Muse Art Gallery opened its doors for the first time in March 2017, there hadn’t been an art gallery in the village of Havelock North for over six years.

Hawthorne Coffee Roastery & Espresso Bar

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Morning coffee places don’t get any better than the Hawthorne Coffee Roastery & Espresso Bar in Havelock North.

Giant Brewing

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Giant Brewing in Havelock North is the perfect place to gather with a group of mates, celebrate a family occasion and enjoy some excellent local beers.

Pixie Bowls

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Entering Pixie Bowls in Havelock North feels like being transported to the streets of Bondi Beach or Canggu in Bali.