Hawke’s Bay’s newest wine festival, comes with a twist!

We’re proud to announce the inaugural Te Awanga Wine Festival, an immersive celebration set to enchant wine enthusiasts on February 3rd, 2024. This unmissable event will spotlight the diverse offerings of Hawke’s Bay’s premier wineries situated along the picturesque Te Awanga Wine Strip. Three prominent wineries—Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate, and Te Awanga Estate—alongside four esteemed […]

Hawke’s Bay: The region bursting with new hidden gems

Talk about a rough couple of years for Hawke’s Bay tourism operators. They’ve been through Covid closures, a cyclone, and now tourists are staying away because they think the region is still storm-damaged. However, on a recent visit, I found every reason to head to Hawke’s Bay. Yes, small pockets are still in recovery mode, […]

CBD’s transform as live, work and play districts

Bricks and mortar retail is no longer the main reason to go into the CBD’s of Hastings, Havelock North and Napier. The continued growth of online shopping is reshaping our CBD’s to be the heart of our cities as a broader mix of living, working and play areas. Councils and private developers such as Wallace […]

Australia and New Zealand’s Most Sustainable Bartender has been crowned

Tuesday 12 September, saw the ANZ regional final of Flor de Caña’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge take place with Andrea Marseglia from Teresa Cocktail Bar, Hawke’s Bay NZ being named ANZ’s Most Sustainable Bartender. Hosted at Door Knock in Sydney by Mitch Townsend, the live finals featured a panel of expert judges including Natalie Ng, Evan […]

Couple bring some sparkle to Hastings

Imagine being surrounded by bubbles. The bubbles you can drink that is. That’s exactly what happens to Jascha Oldham-Selak and Sanne Witteveen when they turn up to work at their newly opened NZ Methode Traditionnelle sparkling wine bottling facility/winery at 23 James Rochfort Place, Hastings. The couple, who are both winemakers and meet at EIT, […]

Fresh artist images of $18 million Foodeast project released

Fresh artist images of a unique $18 million project in Hastings have been released, showing what the Foodeast project will look like when complete. The Foodeast-Haumako facility includes two buildings currently under construction that will become an innovation hub for the food and beverage industry in Hawke’s Bay when opened next year. The vision is […]

Napier’s Central Fire Station Bistro named best regional restaurant in NZ

Napier’s Central Fire Station Bistro has been named the best regional restaurant in the country. Teresa Cocktail Bar in Napier’s CBD also wowed the judges at the 2023 Cuisine Good Food Awards held on Monday night in Auckland, winning the Drinks List of the Year Award. The annual awards night is widely considered the most prestigious within […]

Hastings: Shaneos Bake House wins bronze award for mince and gravy pie

A mince and gravy pie produced at a Hastings bakery has been recognised nationally at the Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards 2023. Shane Forster from Shaneos Bake House was awarded the bronze award in the mince and gravy pie category. Forster was the brains behind Greenmeadows New World’s potato top pie that took out the Supreme […]

New Zealand’s Top Bacon And Ham Announced

A Hawke’s Bay butchery has been announced as the Supreme Winner in both bacon and ham categories of the 100% New Zealand Bacon & Ham Awards. Wild Game in Hastings has taken out New Zealand’s top bacon award with their middle eye/loin entry and New Zealand’s best ham award for their boneless ham. Wild Game […]