Hawkes Bay Attractions

Things to do in the local area

Vineyard tours

Vines and Views wine tasting tours with Ross.
Take in a guided tour of the wineries and scenery of the Esk Valley and Napier. Half and full day tours from $75 pp.


Mountain biking

Esk Valley mountain bike park – 80km of the best single track mountain biking in New Zealand right across the road from Kiwiesque.
Hawkes Bay cycle ways – 300km of bike only trails taking in the sights of Hawkes Bay.
Wine trails – See the Hawkes Bay wineries by bike.
Tekaro trails 4km – Bike hire for guided and unguided tours in Hawkes Bay. Bikes also available from Kiwiesque


On the water

Mohaka river 40km A scenic river of wild, deep, canyons.
Rafting – Grade 4 rapid rafting trips by Mohaka rafting.
Kayaking – Some of the best grade 2 rapid kayaking in NZ.
A full range of Ruahine kayaks available from Kiwiesque for qualified paddlers.

Fishing – Great seasonal fishing in the Mohaka
Esk River – At your doorstep – A meandering river accessed from Eskdale park. Recreational kayaks available from Kiwiesque.

Beaches - Waipatiki Beach 25km - A lovely little horseshoe shaped sandy beach between the cliffs. Great walkways set in the native Nikau palms abundant in Tui and Bellbird.

Walks and wildlife

Tutira 45km
Lake Tutira – Picturesque lake great for a picnic or recreational kayaking.
Lake Opouahi – A bush reserve which includes a 40Ha predator fenced kiwi crèche and the beautiful mountain lake Opouahi. The kiwi Creche rear young kiwis in the wild from their juvenile stage though to 6mths of age when they can be released into the wild. Enjoy the lake walkway and pig route tracks in the native bush.

Boundary Stream mainland Island – An unfenced native bush and bird reserve which has rare breeds released and bred. Including the Kokako, Kiwi, North Island Robin and Kakariki amongst the rarest.
At the top a great educational loop track for all abilities.

At the northern end of Boundary Stream also accessed from the Heays Access road breathtaking Shine Falls (especially when you brave the icy cold water to perch under the falls) a great walk with a picnic lunch. A more challenging half day walk takes you from the top to the Shine falls end.

Bell rock walkway – A loop walk along the Maungaharuru range to breathtaking Bell rock at aver 3,000 ft. A magnificent panoramic
view on a clear day looking north to Waikarimoana, clockwise taking in Mahia Peninsula, Hawke Bay, Napier, Cape Kidnappers, Te Mata Peak, the Muangaharuru, South west Volcanic mountains Ruapehu and Ngarahoe and West down into the Mohaka Valley over Ngatapa historical ‘Te Kootis lookout’ Return through an pleasant bush track to the carpark.


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