EAST COAST - NORTH ISLAND
EASTLAND accommodation lets you soak up this wonderful region, which is steeped in history. Eastland is the place where the first Polynesian migration canoes landed, where Captain Cook made his first landfall and where Maori and European first encountered each other. Maori life is evident in every settlement you see. There are carved meeting houses, beautifully painted Maori churches, children riding horses bareback on the beach and conversations in Te Reo.
Deep in the misty Te Urewera Ranges, descendents of the 'Children of the Mist', the ancient Tuhoe tribe, still live in harmony with the forest around the village of Ruatahuna. The landscape - coastal and inland - is untamed and wild. You can lose yourself in the hills and valleys, and renew your inner peace on the beautifully natural beaches. Hotel accommodation in Eastland provides you with a base to experience it all. The largest population centre in the region is Gisborne, a city that manages to combine the science of fine wine making with the laid back, down-to-earth attitude of life in the sun. There are many Gisborne accommodation places to choose from.
Whanarua Bay - Whanarua Bay is approximately an hours drive from Opotiki along State Highway 35, which is part of the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway. There is a Macadamia farm with a small orchard, processing plant and café/shop set in what must be one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. Whanarua Bay, with its secluded beaches and rocky outcrops, is considered the prettiest bay on this coast and is popular for diving, fishing, swimming and picnicking. Accommodation in Whanarua Bay includes self-contained cottage accommodation.
Gisbourne - Captain Cook first set foot on New Zealand here, in 1769. One of the sunniest regions in New Zealand, Gisborne generally has warm summers and mild winters. With a reputation as the home of great food, great wine, and great beaches, Gisborne is the perfect holiday destination for many. For any travellers with an interest in Maori culture, Gisborne is a must see on your travel itinerary. Gisborne retains a deep and evident connection with Maori culture and traditions, and has a large percentage of Maori inhabitants. The city is sometimes known as the "Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand", and as such, there are a number of wine trail tours to take advantage of. A city of many names, Gisborne is also often called "The City of Rivers", as the centre of town is the convergence of three different rivers. There are countless activities for a traveller to Gisborne; whether it's fine dining, wining, walks or nature reserves, all tastes are catered for, just a step away from your accommodation in Gisborne. Accommodation in Gisborne accommodation includes motels and motor lodges. You can stay in the city that is the first in the world to see the sun every day.
The Hawke's Bay region is situated on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Hawke's Bay accommodation is a perfect base for days of indulgence and for those who love Art Deco. For travellers, Hawke's Bay Wine Country presents an eclectic mix of visual and sensual experiences. The region is New Zealand's leading producer of red wine has the greatest concentration of Art Deco architecture and hosts the country's most elaborate celebrations of Matariki - the Maori New Year. As if that weren't enough, Hawke's Bay is also known for its artisan gourmet foods and glorious beaches that stretch from Mahia Peninsula in the north to Porangahau in the south. The landscapes of Hawke's Bay begin with the high, forested Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges. From the mountains, the land steps down towards the coast, flattening out to become the Heretaunga Plains. A number of wide rivers run swiftly to meet the blue Pacific Ocean. The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the main population centres. Blessed with a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate, Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's warmest, driest regions.
Hawke's Bay accommodation and hotels let you mix business with pleasure. After your business meetings are over why not discover the agricultural heritage of Hawke's Bay lives on in the region's wineries, orchards and artisan food producers. Accommodation in Hawkes Bay is plentiful including hotels, motels, self-contained accommodation and lodges. At any time of the year, you can follow food and wine trails to discover exceptional taste sensations. From elegant Art Deco architecture to a settlement with the world's longest place name, Hawke's Bay will capture your interest with amazing stories. Learn about the past, both ancient and recent, with a local guide. One trivial fact is that the region has a hill with the longest place name in New Zealand, and the second longest in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is an unremarkable hill in southern Hawke's Bay, not far from Waipukurau.
Napier - Napier hotel accommodation allows you to be fascinated by Napier, the city by the sea, which is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture, events such as the Brebner Print Art Deco Weekend in February, stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries, local fresh produce and national tourist attractions. Stay in Napier accommodation and enjoy the Mediterranean climate, with over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year. This popular year round destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture amongst the splendour of the Art Deco buildings. Around 30 cafes are within walking distance of the central city area, while Ahuriri, just over Bluff Hill, is home to a further cluster of up-market establishments. There are many opportunities for fun, while staying in Napier accommodation. Napier oozes fun and adventure and a visit to the attractions of Marine Parade is a must. Marine Parade overlooks the Pacific Ocean and out towards Cape Kidnappers, home to the world's largest mainland gannet colony. A full day can be taken visiting Ocean Spa hot pools and swimming complex, the Hawkes Bay Museum, the National Aquarium of New Zealand, or get splashed by the dolphins and seals at Marineland.
While staying in Napier accommodation visit Bluff Hill, a local landmark. Bluff Hill is home to many Napier residents and provides views of the town beaches of Perfume Point and Westshore, and past the newly upgraded airport and out towards Whirinaki. Bluff Hill also overlooks the Port of Napier, one of New Zealand's busiest ports, transporting timber, local fruit and meat products to worldwide destinations. Over summer luxury cruise liners berth. There are many great shopping opportunities on offer while staying in Napier accommodation. There are antique shops, art galleries, and studios of potters, wood turners and craftsman. After a long day taking in the sights, revitalize yourself by sampling some of Hawke's Bays award winning wines and fresh Bay produce from one of the many restaurant cafe and winery menus. There is a wide variety of accommodation in Napier to suit all budgets, from boutique hotels, lodges, hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast accommodation.
Clive - The small town of Clive is located 10km south of Napier in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand's North Island. It is close to the mouth of the Ngaruroro River. Clive is home to the Hawke's Bay Rowing Club who train on the Clive River. The Hawke's Bay Rowing Regatta is held on the first weekend of the year, started in 1895 and is the oldest regatta in New Zealand. Accommodation in Clive in the Hawkes Bay regions includes motel accommodation.
Hastings - There is a wide arrange of Hastings accommodation allowing you to enjoy time if you are travelling for the long hot summers or the mild winters of the Hastings district on New Zealand. If you love local fresh produce then look no further than Hastings. Orchards are abundant and the climate is also perfect for grape growing. Hastings hotels are the perfect place to drop your bags and then go exploring the area. The local wine industry continues to grow and each February the region celebrates with Harvest Hawke's Bay. Hastings boasts some of the regions 40 or so wineries where you can enjoy wine tasting, as well as restaurant or picnic dining. Hastings is a showcase of Spanish Mission-style architecture and enjoys a diverse range of cultural attractions including the Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre. September heralds spring and the start of the Hastings Blossom Festival, full of concerts, celebrity artist performances and fun events. Hastings hotel accommodation lets you do it all.
If you have a sweet tooth then grab an ice cream from local icon, Rush Munro's and take a leisurely stroll through the spectacular gardens of Frimley or Cornwall Park or drive down Oak Avenue with its Oak-tree-lined canopy planted in the 1860s. Got kids? Then hit Hawke's Bay's Splash Planet, with its exciting and action-packed water slides and rides. Also not to be missed is the Hawke's Bay Farmers Markets at the Hawke's Bay Showgrounds every Sunday morning in Hastings. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional village market where you can talk to the grower or producer and taste some of their products ranging from hand-made cheeses, breads and ice cream to seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and gourmet meat. Hastings is quite historic and is very welcoming of tourists, but due to its perceived lack of landmarks and its close proximity to the more picturesque Napier, with which it shares its Art Deco architectural theme, it is not the region's major tourist destination. Accommodation in Hastings New Zealand includes hotel and motels, self-contained lodges and apartment accommodation in Hastings.
Havelock North - Havelock North, a town in the North Island's Hawke's Bay region, stands on the Heretaunga Plains, and has a reputation for its orchards, vineyards, and educational facilities. In fact, one of New Zealand's most important wine regions spreads around the town. Havelock North lies 7km south east of Hastings. Havelock North is situated at the base of the prominent landmark Te Mata Peak, a 399-metre outcrop, which according to local M'ori legend is the body of a giant, Te Mata o Rongokako. Often affectionately known as 'The Village', Havelock North has something on offer for everyone. Whether it is adventure, golf, wine, or taking in the local history at a museum, all our within easy reach of Havelock North accommodation which includes motel and motor lodge accommodation.
WAIRARAPA, NORTH ISLAND
The beautiful Wairarapa is only a stones throw away from the bustle of Wellington, but promises the best in rural tranquillity and relaxation. It is situated in the south eastern corner of the North Island, east of metropolitan Wellington and south west of the Hawke's Bay region. It is lightly populated, having several rural service towns, with Masterton being the largest. It is named for Lake Wairarapa. Accommodation in the Wairarapa region includes hotels, motels, resort and cottage accommodation.
Masterton - Masterton, located just an hour away from Wellington, is located in Wairarapa region. Use Masterton accommodation to explore all that the region has to offer; whether it is jet boating, hot air ballooning, fishing, surfing, or perhaps visiting the vineyards that the Wairarapa region is home to. All are within easy reach of accommodation in Masterton. With the growth in the local wine industry, the service town of Masterton is beginning to attract more visitors looking for a weekend away, and is building a reputation as a family destination in New Zealand. Accommodation in Masterton includes hotels, motels, resort and cottage accommodation. The annual Golden Shears Shearing Competition is held in March, the competition attracts top shearers and many visitors to the town. A favourite spot for local families and visitors is Queen Elizabeth Park. The gardens are filled with mature trees and shady corners for relaxation. There's a miniature train to ride on an island in the park lake, paddle boats to hire and the ducks are always happy to be fed. Masterton also has a bird aviary, deer park, swimming pool complex, as well as many cafes, restaurants and accommodation of all sorts.
Carterton - Carterton is a small town in the Wellington region of New Zealand. It lies in a farming area of the Wairarapa in New Zealand's North Island. It is located 14km southwest of Masterton and 9km north of Greytown. Carterton bursts into bloom just like the flowers it celebrates each spring with its annual Daffodil Festival. This flower town has a good selection of cafes and antique shops, and a paua shell factory that is worth a look. Tararua Forest Park is a great picnic spot and makes for a scenic backdrop to the pretty township. Accommodation in Carterton includes self-contained cottage accommodation and bed and breakfast accommodation in Carterton.
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