The Hawke’s Bay area is one of the many hidden jewels of New Zealand. It’s all about award-winning wineries, beautiful architecture, outdoorsy lifestyle and homely vibe. It’s just rural enough for you to feel like you’re a world apart, and yet close enough to big cities if you need them. Considering moving to the Hawke’s Bay? Here are some of the best places to call home.
If a smaller city with a quirky twist is up your alley, then look no further than Napier. With a population of almost 70,000, and right next door to its twin city of Hastings with 50,000 people, Napier has a much bigger atmosphere than you’d expect. Built in a distinct 1930s art deco style of architecture, the city is a popular tourist destination for those who want to soak up the special, retro atmosphere. It’s home to the Tremains Art Deco Festival in February, an event that spans across two weekends, exhibiting all things in the art deco style, including buildings and cars, as well as local produce and wine.
On top of the liveliness and charm of Napier, it also has fantastic job opportunities and school options – it’s a growing city with a close-knit feel.
Suburbs in Napier:
Just a five-minute drive to some of New Zealand’s best wineries, Taradale is an ideal spot for families and couples alike. It’s a perfect spot if suburban lifestyle fits you better than being right up in the city – and yet it’s just a short drive from town.
- Te Awa
Coastal paradise meets family suburb in Napier’s Te Awa. Featuring a long stretch of beach, Te Awa is just a short drive to the CBD too.
A vibrant, funky but also family-suited neighbourhood is Ahuriri, in Napier’s north. It’s full of cafes, restaurants, bars and is close to the city. It’s also a quick drive to Westshore Beach, one of the prettiest and most-happening beaches in the region.
32km inland of Napier, lies the pretty little city of Hastings. It has a great mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, features beautiful houses and is home to New Zealand’s best water park – Splash Planet.
Suburbs in Hastings:
- Havelock North
Just out of Hastings lies the quaint old town of Havelock North. It has a distinct English village feel, with a lovely main street and bustling shops.
Parkvale is an ideal family suburb, with a strong community vibe and great schools like Parkvale School and Mayfair School.
One of the best suburbs in Hastings is Frimley, which boasts large homes, great schools like Frimley School and wide open parks.
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