1. Cycle the many Hawke’s Bay Trails
Hawke’s Bay offers both challenging and very easy cycle trails. One of the most popular is actually called “The Big Easy Cycle Ride” that will take a whole day to complete at a very relaxed pace. Don’t hesitate to stop along the way, this trail is meant to be enjoyed slowly. For the foodies amongst you, what about the “Wineries Ride” too?
For more information, check outMountain Biking in Hawke’s Bay
2. Golf atCape Kidnappers
Ranked as one of the TOP 40 best golf course in the world, the Cape Kidnappers golf course is a must-visit for anyone that has any interest in golf. The scenery is simply breathtaking and the course is quite challenging.
For those that cannot afford this kind of luxury, Hawke’s Bay is home to over 20 other golf courses that will be more affordable and make for a great day out.
3. Walk and hike in the wilderness
The Hawke’s Bay hiking tracks are, in most cases, easy to access and very well maintained. One of the biggest magnets for backpackers is the Lake Waikaremoana Track, one of the 9 New Zealand Great Walks. Some of the other areas worthexploring are the Ruahine Ranges, the Maungaharuru Range and, of course, the spectacular Sunrise Track in central Hawke’s Bay.
For more information, check out10 Wonderful Walks in Hawke’s Bay
4. Raft the Mohaka River
The river offers all levels of rafting from grade 2 for kayaks to the grade 4/5 for an intense rafting session. This is a great spot to raft away from the crowds of other North Island locations in a place that feels untouched when rafted through. Pick one of the longest riding options to be challenged in the most spectacular gorges of the North Island.
5. Relax on pristine beaches
The Hawke’s Bay coastline is dotted with what seems to be hundreds of tiny beaches most of which are totally safe to swim in, while others havedecentsurfing waves. Some are more popular than others like Ocean Beach north of Hastings. There are great camping options onseveral beaches like Porangahaum Pourerere and Kairakau Beach.
For beach inspiration, check out10 Beautiful Beaches in Hawke’s Bay
6. Ride a horse in the countryside
The picturesque region begs to be explored by any means possible. You’ve hiked, you’ve biked, now it’s time to horse trek. Most rides are done in very very small groups, which will open the door to a great personal experience and some really fun times like riding in the water!
7. Work in a vineyard
Because every backpacker and working holidaymaker is on a tight budget, you’ll probably have to get working at some point. But working does not have to be a struggle in a city. What about working in a stunning vineyard surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges? You’ll learn how to create the liquid gold otherwise known asthe award-winning Hawke’s Bay wines!
See if we have any vineyard work listed on our jobs page.
8. Check out the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market
One of the biggest events in Hawke’s Bay every week is the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market. The market can be found in Hasting every Sunday morning where it’s best experienced in summer. There’s nothing like sitting down with a real fruit ice cream, mingling with the locals and listening to live music. Get lots of free tastings and pick up some souvenirs of New Zealand.