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.

A Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Hastings and Havelock North

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Wine and Dine Your Way Around Hastings and Havelock North. Delicious food and a perfect glass of wine all start from the same beginning, using the highest quality ingredients. The wider Hawke’s Bay is home to some of the best produce in the country, making destinations like Hastings and Havelock North a wine and food lover’s dream. From fruit orchards to vineyards to some of the best industry minds working in the region, all work together in harmony to create a stellar hospitality scene.

The People Behind the Places: Meet the Food and Drink Heroes of Hastings

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Hastings and the wider Hawke’s Bay region is known for its vineyards, spectacular local produce and talented creators, culminating in an epic food and drink scene in which there are many superstars. From talented artisan bakers, to epic coffee roasters, to brewing legends and more, these are our favourite makers, the food and drink heroes of Hastings.

From Coats to Coffee, Here's our Ultimate Shopping Guide to Havelock North

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The village of Havelock North is known for having some of the best shopping throughout Hawke’s Bay and is a must-visit destination if you are wanting to indulge in some retail therapy.

Your Complete Wellness Guide to Hastings and Havelock North

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Needing to recharge, unwind and relax? Hastings and Havelock North have some of the best activities, services and eateries to help you live your best life and immerse yourself in a well-deserved wellness moment.

12 Hours Havelock North

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