Hastings, New Zealand

The Hastings district in Hawkes Bay is often referred to as the “Fruit Bowl of New Zealand” due to the impressive food production in the area.  Hastings and her sister city, Napier, are known as the “Twin Cities” or the “Bay Cities” and many tourists who visit one of them end up visiting the other as well.  Although the city is somewhat inland, it is only 20km from the nearest port and, as such, a trip to the ocean is generally a regular activity for locals and tourists.

Wildlife and animal adventures

The area is very well-known for its local gannet colony.  There are tour companies that will take you to and around the area.  This is a protected area and visitors need to be careful so as not to disturb the natural balance.

The Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a day out and about among some friendly animals.  Not only can you meet some great farmyard friends but kids can enjoy pony rides and there are also horse treks available.  Visitors are sure to be entertained and occupied for at least most of the day with all of these fabulous activities.

Things to do in Hastings

If you enjoy outdoor activities, you will love Hastings!  Escape the heat by visiting Splash Planet.  As the name suggests, this is the perfect place to splash around and enjoy some fun water rides.  This is a great way to spend the day with the kids and help them use up a lot of their energy.

The Amazing Maze 'n Maize is another top attraction among locals and tourists.  There is a fabulous mini golf course on the same grounds and the maze is somewhat more challenging than some visitors anticipate.  Themes change each year so you will always find something new here and the music playing in the maze ensures that you won't be bored by silence.

If you fancy a look around and a day out in the fresh air, a bike ride on the Great Taste Trail, or a hike up Te Mata Peak is perfect for you.  You can rent bikes from various points and travel on a trail that suits you and your abilities.  Remember to take some refreshments along for the ride.

Another popular activity in the area is golfing.  For golf fans, there is nothing more relaxing and entertaining than a round or two during their stay so make sure you book your spot and enjoy the local facilities.

Hastings has something for the whole family and is sure to keep everyone out, about and active.  Rather than stagnating and enjoying the same activities as you would at home, get out there and enjoy a slice of nature!