Hastings is located at the heart of New Zealand’s premiere wine producing region.
Hastings lies on the fertile Heretaunga Plains, 20km inland from the shores of Hawke Bay on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Named after the first British governor of India, the city enjoys hot, dry summers. The surrounding region is a land rich in horticulture and viticulture, and produces some of the best wine in New Zealand.
Following a disastrous earthquake in 1931, the city was extensively rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the period. These well preserved buildings are a popular attraction for visitors to the city. The city’s other attractions include an exhibition centre, amusement park, a brewery and the attractive Frimley Rose Garden. The city is also host to two annual events; the popular Agricultural & Pastoral Show in late October and the Highland Games at Easter. Nearby Splash Planet, a large amusement park, is also a major draw card for visitors.
A trip to the local wineries to sample the excellent wine of the region is a splendid way to spend a summer’s afternoon. Nearby Cape Kidnappers is home to the world’s largest gannet colony, and guided tours of the area are available.