Hello Autumn, Hello Hawke's Bay
Hawke’s Bay is awash with colour in Autumn as the region reveals its post-Summer hues – to widespread applause from amateur and professional photographers alike. The annual apple harvest is in full swing, the eagerly anticipated grapes are plucked from the vines, and the landscape is ablaze as deciduous leaves turn gold, red and yellow. There is lingering warmth in the sun, which makes the region’s network of trails ideal for walking and cycling. Autumn menus at our award-winning restaurants hero local seasonal produce, while the fairways on our many golf courses are rejuvenated with new lush growth following the long hot Summer. Fall into the colours of Hawke’s Bay with an Autumn weekend escape.
Capture the Perfect shot in Hawke's Bay this Autumn
Autumn in Hawke’s Bay is a photographer’s dream - the panoramic vistas at the top of Te Mata Peak, the rolling seas of mist hovering above the regions many rivers and lakes, and row upon row of Autumn foliage smothering the region’s vineyards, to name just a few.
Combine your love of photography with one or more of Hawke’s Bay’s other Autumn pursuits for the picture-perfect Instagram post that will be the envy of your friends and followers.
Check out our Autumn Photography Playlist for a showcase of the region’s best photography spots or, even better, create your own Playlist for your Autumn weekend escape to Hawke’s Bay.
Discover the Walks of Hawke's Bay this Autumn
With so many walks to choose from in Hawke’s Bay, the hardest decision will be deciding where to start.
All five Hawke’s Bay Neighbourhoods are blessed with a range of walks to explore, from the vastness of the Lake Waikaremoana in Wairoa (one of the Department of Conservation’s Great Walks of New Zealand) to the awe-inspiring Sunrise Hut in Central Hawke’s Bay, and everything in between.
For the most picturesque Autumn experience, seek out the walks incorporating a lake, river, waterfall or wetland.
Our Autumn Walking Playlist highlights the pick of the bunch – but don’t feel obliged to follow our guide. Do your research, create your Playlist, and pick your own path around Hawke’s Bay this Autumn.
Taste Your Way Around Hawke's Bay this Autumn
Autumn is abuzz with activity in Hawke’s Bay as the annual harvest is completed for our two most famous exports – apples and grapes.
Alongside all the hustle and bustle at the orchards and vineyards, a mouth-watering array of seasonal produce makes its way into the kitchens of our region’s award-winning restaurants and onto the plates of eager locals and visitors alike.
Many of Hawke’s Bay’s renowned cellar doors are open year-round, welcoming guests with their famed manaakitangi and a tasting of a full bodied red or rich, complex chardonnay.
The wining and dining scene in Hawke’s Bay has to be experienced to be believed – so take a look at our Autumn Food & Wine Playlist for inspiration.
Tee off in Hawke's Bay this Autumn
All the photographs taken and words written about Cape Kidnappers Golf Course still cannot recreate the sheer magnificence of the jewel in Hawke’s Bay’s golf crown.
Consistently rated among the world’s best, the cliff top course is without doubt a bucket-list experience for any golfer from, or visiting, New Zealand’s shores.
Yet to say it’s the only show in town would be a massive disservice to the network of high-quality club courses that are dotted around the region.
From the impeccable championship conditions of Hastings Golf Club, to the charm of our country courses, Hawke’s Bay has more than a dozen courses to suit every interest and ability.
Our Autumn Golf Playlist takes you on a golfing journey across the region, or you could tee up your own Playlist of the courses that take your fancy.
Hit the Hawke's Bay Trails this Autumn
Hawke’s Bay offers New Zealand’s largest network of flat, easy-riding cycle trails with more than 200km to choose from.
Explore local delights as you cycle the trails, including world-class wineries, unique cafés, quaint country pubs and artisan outlets.
Or you could simply take in the expansive ocean views, stunning landscapes and iconic features such as Te Mata Peak and Cape Kidnappers.
Check out our Autumn Cycling Playlist to learn more about Hawke’s Bay’s most popular cycle trails, and then create your own Playlist to cover off all your planned stops as you sip, sup and savour your way around our epicurean landscape.