Five Attractions You Need to See in Hawke’s Bay

Five Attractions You Need to See in Hawke’s Bay

Written by Kimberly

If you are renting a campervan in New Zealand this year, you should stop at Hawke’s Bay. Or, make it a destination vacation! From water parks and zoos, to hiking and beach adventures, there is something for the whole family to enjoy, especially during your campervan travels. Keep reading for five awesome Hawke’s Bay attractions to visit.

1-Art Deco Centre

This centre tells the story of the devastation that occurred after the earthquake of 1931 and the rebuilding of the city in the popular style of that time period, Art Deco. You can take a tour of this, or tour the antique cars. There are also housewares and gifts for sale that are derivative of the Art Deco style. If you love Art Deco, then visiting Hawke’s Bay during the two annual festivals is a must!


Your campervan travels will hopefully bring your to Birdwoods. This is a quaint little place for the locals and tourists alike. Come and see for yourself. There is the beautiful gallery and extensive gardens with a terrace and several sculptures. Treat yourself to some delicious baked goods from the cafe, or visit the Birdwoods Sweet Shop to discover old fashioned candies and sweets. A wonderful spot for the whole family to enjoy!


A treat for the kids, or for those who are kids at heart, Laser force provides loads of fun! Prepare to suit up in the latest high tech equipment with computerised battle suits. Dart through laser beams and feel the music pump through your system. When you want to relax, enjoy the food from the cafe. As they are opened 364 days a year, you’ll definitely have a chance to fit this into your schedule!

4-National Aquarium of New Zealand

There is so much to see at the National Aquarium of New Zealand on your campervan travels! See the sharks or visit Penguin Cove to see penguins in their “natural habitat.” Watch the stingrays “flap” their way through the water. Observe the thousands of colourful fish swimming through the massive oceanarium tunnel. If you’re feeling ambitious, plan to attend the Close Encounters experience and feed the reef fish, sharks or penguins.

5-Te Mata Peak

A favourite spot, as the views are spectacular. As the top reaches about 1300 feet above sea level, you are able to see 360 degrees around Hawke’s Bay. A wonderful place to hike, walk or bike on the tracks. If you’re interested in the history and culture of the spot, take a two or four hour guided tour. For those adrenaline junkies, the peak is a great place to go parasailing, hang gliding, mountain biking, orienteering or Nordic walking.

Te Mata Peak, Hawke's Bay
Te Mata Peak, Hawke’s Bay

These five attractions are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many things to see and do- so you’ll never be bored in Hawke’s Bay! For great deals on campervan rentals in the Hawke’s Bay area, visit