What’s On In Hawke’s Bay



Mission Estate in Greenmeadows, Napier, has a long and interesting history in these parts, with the first vines of this winery being planted by French Missionaries in 1851. Today, the beautifully restored seminary building that houses the restaurant & cellar door, is well utilised & enjoyed by locals & by visitors to Hawke’s Bay. To one side of the long sweeping driveway lined with English Plane trees, gentle hilly slopes run down to an expanse of flat land, creating a unique natural amphitheatre. This space is the venue of the Mission Concert, held annually since the inaugural concert in 1993, when the crowd was wooed by the magic of New Zealand singing legend, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.


After performing here in 2005 & 2012, Sir Rod Stewart is returning to Mission Estate for two concerts on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 November 2020. Locals are looking forward to the buzz generated by concert-goers converging on our twin cities. The Saturday concert is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 15th. Secure yourselves some while you can, book a tour with Your Tour and make a weekend of it! Talk to us.

Plane trees line the long drive of Mission Estate Winery in Greenmeadows, Napier.

When: November 14 & 15, 2020
Where: Mission Estate in Greenmeadows, Napier


On 3 Feb 1931, Hawke’s Bay, was devastated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Many of the buildings that withstood the earthquake, were subsequently destroyed by the resultant fires. Over the following decade, especially the early 30s, Napier’s central business district was rebuilt in the architecture of the time, which was predominantly Art Deco. Nearly ninety years on, with the preservation and maintenance of these buildings having been prioritised, Napier stands as a snapshot in time; one of the finest examples of an Art Deco city in the world.


Each year this special heritage is celebrated with an Art Deco Festival, attended by Art Deco enthusiasts worldwide & from throughout New Zealand. Locals embrace the spirit of these celebrations either by attending events or wandering the central city streets, often dressed in the clothing of the era, and soaking up the ambience. There is always a diverse line up of quality events to attend.


Despite these unprecedented times, with the impact of COVID-19 on our local economy and the closing of our borders to international tourists, it is anticipated, at this stage, that the summer 2021 festival will go ahead. Put a circle around 17-21 February 2021 and look for updates, including dates for ticket sales, on the Art Deco Trust website &/or Facebook page.


Planning to attend the 2021 festival, and keen to see more of Hawke’s Bay while you’re here? Take a private tour with Your Tour and enjoy a quality, customised experience of Hawke’s Bay. Talk to us.

This Auckland family went to great lengths to dress in stunning era appropriate clothing for the 2019 Art Deco Festival, in Napier. The smiles say it all!

When: February 17-21, 2021
Where: Napier & Hastings

Contact us for more information about this and other great things to do in Hawke’s Bay.