Hawke’s Bay is a region of diverse and magnificent landscapes, from mountains and hill country to inland and coastal plains, occupying around 14,000 square kilometres on the eastern side of New Zealand’s North Island.
Hawke’s Bay’s 360 kilometres of coastline and beaches hugs the vast Pacific Ocean and is blessed with fertile soils and a warm temperate climate. Hawke’s Bay’s prosperity is founded on its land-based economy - it has thousands of acres of farms, orchards, and vineyards, along with the local industries that have grown up in support, so there is good reason why the region is held in such high regard as New Zealand’s agricultural powerhouse, and why life in Hawke's Bay beats to a seasonal drum.
The forces of nature that gifted Hawke’s Bay with its most notable landmarks, including Lake Waikaremoana, Te Mata Peak, and Cape Kidnappers, have also wreaked havoc on the local population to reshape and define the region we know today. Most infamous is the Hawke’s Bay Earthquake of 1931, an event that changed the cityscapes of Napier and Hastings and the lives of their inhabitants forever.
Autumn is rich for travel to Hawke's Bay and is a photographer’s dream. The last apple has been picked, the grapes are all but off the vines, and the landscape is a blaze as deciduous leaves turn gold, red, yellow and brown. With the sinking of the sun, the harder light of summer transforms into the golden syrupy light of autumn, illuminating the hills and filtering down through the trees to create long shadows and a magnificent three-dimensional spectacle. There’s no better way to witness the magic than an early morning or late afternoon hike or cycle along the Hawke's Bay.
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