by Sammie Tawhai
“What are we going to do on our holiday?”
“Where are we going?”
“I want adventure, I want to be by the water/beach, and I want to hike/bike!”
“Can we go to Hawke’s Bay?”
“Are we there yet?”
These are some of the many thoughts that go through our minds when planning for a holiday with so many different options of exploration, relaxation, recreation and adventure. Whether you are a local or traveler abroad, these hot spots in the small coastal village of Napier, in New Zealand’s food bowl region, will be sure to keep the whole family entertained.
Traditional Māori Waka (canoe) sailing experience…..
– if the sea is where you are Zen, come along and enjoy with your friends
Docked in the West Quay mariner, Ahuriri. Te Matau a Maui offers an experience of culture and discovery with a traditional Polynesian waka that has seen many corners of the earth.
With friendly hospitality and a passion for sailing, join the crew and hear stories of local Maori legends and Polynesian migration whilst enjoying plenty of manakitanga (hospitality).
On the tour you will receive a traditional Māori welcome on board the waka followed by light refreshments before you commence your journey out into the beautiful Ahuriri Harbour. Be entertained and encapsulated by the local histories and stories of the arrival of the Takitimu waka (ancient canoe of the local Ngāti Kahungunu tribal people), whilst taking in the stunning views that this beautiful region has to offer. The crew will keep you entertained throughout your journey. This is such a special experience that is family friendly, great for groups or individuals that are seeking both an adventurous and traditional Māori cultural experience!
A walk through history…..
– Let the wairua embrace you while you walk through this ancient city
This historical reserve located at the top of a hill near Taradale between Napier and Hastings is one of the largest Pā in the Hawke’s Bay region covering over 40 acres.
Take a walk along the 1 hour track and gather information along the way with the interpretation signs to get a sense of history and an appreciation of what this site would have been like some hundreds of years ago in its prime. To enjoy an authentic guided tour, visit www.napiermaoritours.co.nz
– Habitats and hashtags
The 2.8km track offers sea, scenery and wildlife. Fish, mud dwellers and aquatic plant life reside in this community. A great scenic route to take your own “insta” worthy photos.
From dusk till dawn, the estuary is a great place to explore and/or exercise with the bonus of being able to take a dip in the surrounding Pandora Pond. In the summer months there is also an inflatable obstacle course available FREE for all to enjoy!
Bluff Hill (Mataruahou)
Extensive views of Hawke’s Bay, from Mahia in the north, to Cape Kidnappers in the south, plus a close-up view of a working port.
– Best view in town
Tackle one of the many tracks from beginner to expert level to the top of Bluff Hill lookout where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of this stunning region.
Or you could just drive up to the car park and have a picnic on the surrounding grass or tables provided and watch the ships from the Napier Port come and go, either way this is scenery has to be seen with your own two eyes.
Pania of the Reef
Ngāti Kahungunu (Hawke’s Bay Māori tribe) Goddess
– Beauty in the Bay
As one of Napier’s most visited attractions, this stunning statue lay on the beautiful Marine Parade close to the sea where Pania was believed to reside. The story behind Pania is one of beauty and love.
Find out more about her story while soaking up the sun and enjoying a coffee at one of the surrounding cafes and restaurants.
Ātea a Rangi
Waitangi Regional Park
– Let us guide you on your journey through life
The place where the Ngāti Kahungunu tribal leaders signed the Treaty of Waitangi, this park has introduced a stunning masterpiece known as Ātea a Rangi.
It is a celestial compass where the pou (statues) are aligned in such a way where the rising and setting points of the moon, the stars and the sun are.
Such a spectacular spot situated just out of Clive where the river meets the sea. Do not miss your chance to see these astronomical events from this position.
These are just a few of the beautiful sights in Napier, Hawkes Bay. All sites mentioned have plaques throughout the venue/tracks to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the history behind them. Join us in this journey to learning more about our beautiful region! Visit our boutique Aotearoa (NZ) travel and artisan gift company today: www.koruenterprises.net