What’s on in Hawke’s Bay



If sculpture is your thing, you must pop into the Hastings Community Arts Centre and check this exhibition out. As the name Sjroefkanellie (a bit of everything) suggests, a range of diverse pieces is showcased, from those sized to fit into a small interior space to those that would need a large building foyer or exterior space to show them to potential. Most pieces are for sale. Ricks has a large local & national following and a number of his pieces over the years have been snapped up by overseas buyers. He is the artist, at times working in collaboration, behind some iconic Hawke’s Bay public art. Come and see for yourself. Closed Sundays.

When: October 1 to October 26

Where: Hastings Community Arts Centre, 106 Russell St South, St Leonards, Hastings 4156

Harcourts Hawke’s Bay ARTS FESTIVAL

In its fifth year, this festival will showcase a range of local, national & international acts. The line-up will kick off with Limbo, a wow-factor production that mixes cabaret, circus and acrobatics, and one that has enthralled audiences worldwide. There will be a range of artistic mediums to view or participate in over this 14-day period: opera, theatre, music, arts & crafts, street performance, visual arts, poetry, flipbook cinema, dance & a reader/writer programme. If you want to ease yourself into things, or relax between acts, select from the range of food & drinks, available in the Festival Garden, or soak up the wider festival vibe at one of the local cafes or restaurants. Check out the programme today and circle your must-sees.

While you’re here, why not take an Art tour? Visit galleries, artists’ studios & view public art. Talk to us.

When: October 15 to October 28

Where: The Victoria Spiegeltent, Havelock North, is the hub, plus other Hawke’s Bay venues.


This is a biannual event (Summer/Winter) that showcases the very best of Hawke’s Bay food, wine – and hospitality. Starting with a Launch Party on the 1st, a range of events is on offer over this ten day period, each with it’s own unique take on Hawke’s Bay produce. These events unfold in wineries, cafes, restaurants, kitchens, retreats, outdoor spaces, a cidery, markets – and even in a fire station, across Hawke’s Bay. Join in the fun & tickle up those tastebuds! The programme is out and the tickets are selling fast.

When: November 1 to November 10
Where: Hawke’s Bay


On 3 Feb 1931, Hawke’s Bay, was devastated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake and, much of what was left standing was destroyed by the subsequent fires. It stood to reason that Napier’s CBD was rebuilt predominantly in the most modern style of the day; Art Deco. Now, over eighty years later, with the preservation & maintenance of these buildings a high priority, Napier stands as a snapshot in time; one of the finest examples of an Art Deco city in the world. Each year this is celebrated with the Art Deco Festival, attended by Art Deco enthusiasts worldwide & from throughout New Zealand. Locals embrace the spirit either by attending events or wandering the central city streets, often in era-appropriate clothing, just to enjoy the ambiance. Each year there is a huge range of events – and 2020 is no exception. Tickets come on sale to the general public on 9 October. Don’t miss out – download your programme today.

If you are planning to attend the Festival, why not book a tour? View and experience the wider region, while you’re here. Talk to us.

When: February 19 to February 23, 2020
Where: Napier & Hastings

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