Considered the North Island’s fruit bowl, Hawke’s Bay boasts extensive and vast vineyards that produce excellent and consistently award-winning wines. A primarily agricultural hub, Hawke’s Bay also allows for a diverse lifestyle, with regions such as Napier and Hastings adding to its overall charm: Napier is built in a typical art deco style, while Hastings acts as the region’s agricultural service hub.
Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its almost Mediterranean lifestyle, the architecture, climate, and food contributing to this greatly. The area also has a well-developed sports culture, numerous museums and art galleries, as well as a variety of cuisines. It boasts many scenic attractions, including the world’s largest onshore gannet colony, along with a blend of natural beauty and the activity of an urban lifestyle.
Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its primary sector industries, especially the numerous vineyards scattered throughout the region, as well as pastoral activities of sheep rearing and farming. The biggest employers in the region are health and community services, trade and hospitality, rural production, processing and manufacturing, and business services.
The area also boasts an extensive network of educational facilities, with several primary, intermediate, and secondary schools scattered throughout the area. The Eastern Institute of Technology is the primary provider of higher education, and offers a number of courses that cover a variety of disciplines.
The community health services available in Hawke’s Bay also provide for easy access to healthcare. The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board offers full health services, from emergency to radiology, in the region.