|MAIN CITIES:||Napier and Hastings|
|REGIONAL AIRPORT:||Napier Airport|
|CLOSEST MAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS:||Wellington International Airport
Auckland International Airport
|PROXIMITY TO THE SEA:||Coastal in parts|
|CLOSEST COMMERCIAL SKI FIELDS:||Mount Ruhepehu's Whakapapa ski field and Turoa ski field|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JAN:||21℃ (Range: 18℃ -24℃)|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JUNE:||10℃ (Range: 7℃ -13℃)|
The Hawkes Bay region is based on the East Coast of the North Island, about 5½ hours’ drive from Auckland and 4½ hours from Wellington. It is a large area surrounding a bay around 100 km / 60 miles long. About 73,000 people live in the Hastings district, and 57,000 in the ‘twin’ city of Napier about 18 km / 11 miles away.
The Hawkes Bay has consistently hot and dry summers and autumns and for years was known as ‘New Zealand’s fruit bowl’ for its stone and pip fruit production. More recently, land use has diversified and it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place for bicycle wine tours.
A strong earthquake in 1931 destroyed many buildings in Hastings and particularly Napier. Rebuilt in the Art Deco and Spanish Mission architectural styles in vogue at that time, their unique character now draws enthusiasts from around the world.
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