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Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay and the larger area of the East Coast is an interesting area, and a place of contrasts, with the Art Deco and Spanish Mission-style architecture of Hastings and Napier, the main cities of the area. At 10.47am on the 3rd of February 1931 Hawkes Bay was shaken by a violent earthquake. Both cities were reduced to rubble. Despite the grip of a world-wide depression the country was then in, unemployed flocked to the stricken area in search of work, so much so the area had to be sealed off, and only those with work permits allowed in. The resulting rebuilt city has been given an Art Deco style of architecture now unique to New Zealand

Statue of Pania A Maori Legend

Art Deco style buildings typical of Napier

The Hawkes Bay is one of New Zealandís premier wine producing regions. It is a veritable treasure trove of vineyards, offering wines of superlative quality, many of which have won both national and international acclaim. The Hawkes Bay wine region is synonymous with the noble varieties of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Both Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling also command high recognition.

Hawks Bay Vinyards


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