Hawke's Bay Region - Quick Facts
Our Location & Climate
Hawke’s Bay is a region of New Zealand located in the east of the North Island on the Pacific Ocean coast.
Hawke’s Bay has a mild Mediterranean climate. Summer can be sunnier and hotter than the average for NZ with droughts occurring regularly. Winters are mild, although frosts and occasional snow do happen.
The region’s total land area is approx. 14200 square kilometres (1.42 million hectares). It includes mountain ranges to the north and west, 350km of coastline, and productive plains and hill country. Te Urewera (formerly a national park, now iwi controlled) has Lake Waikaremoana is on our northwest border.
Regions are determined by river catchments and Hawke’s Bay has 7 major rivers. Regional Councils have responsibilities for managing the use of natural resources, but there are also 4 local councils which manage local services – Wairoa District, Hastings District, Central Hawke’s Bay District and Napier City Councils.
Approx. 150,000 people live in Hawke’s Bay.
The main cities are located close to each other - Napier on the coast, and Hastings 17 km inland. Smaller towns are Wairoa, Waipawa and Waipukurau and other small settlements are found throughout the region.
For the latest information on dwellings, employment etc, please go to Statistics New Zealand.
Hawke’s Bay’s environment has been highly modified through generations of forestry, farming and development. We want to protect and enhance what remains. Fortunately there is a public eagerness to restore native bush, improve water quality, and produce crops in keeping with our climate and soil.
People can get involved by joining in with organisations that are doing enhancement work. Or take part in a planting day during autumn – spring. Or do what you can to reduce, reuse, recycle around your home.
Hawke’s Bay has a low amount of industry but several significant national and international companies are based here.
Farming, horticulture (apples, stone fruit, vegetables), wine and tourism are key industries.
The Port of Napier is a major export and transport hub on the east coast. The Port is owned by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council through its investment company.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council supports the Business HUB in Ahuriri