Hawke's Bay Tourism

Hawke's Bay Events Calendar - Your guide for what's on in Hawke's Bay


Hawke's Bay is amazing! Check out all the events we have going on this fortnight. 

Hawke's Bay Toyota Deco Winter Weekend kicks off on Friday with a 30th Anniversary Grand Ball at Napier War Memorial Conference Centre. Tickets can be purchased here.

Check out all of the other Winter Deco Events here!

Fruitfed Supplies Raceday Thursday 16 July, 11am - Head on down and celebrate the final race day of the 2014 - 2015 season in style! Free admission into the grounds and the members stand. They can also cater a package with beverages and or food for groups! Find out more here...

Hawke's Bay Toyota Deco Winter Weekend Fri 17 - Sun 19 July - This winter event is all about the roaring 20s and 30s and celebrating our unique heritage. Along with a fantastic event line up, this year is special as the Art Deco Trust enjoys its 30th anniversary! Find out more here...

Dry River 30th Anniversary Sat 18 - Sun 19 July - To celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wines, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is hosting a very special wine weekend with Dry River! Enquire within for more details.Find out more here...

Stevie Tonks Sat 18 July, 6pm - Stevie Tonks from 2015 NZ's X Factor is performing a dinner show at Linden Estate Valley d'Vine Restaurant. Buffet is included in ticket cost and a cash bar is available.  Also featuring Ian Munro and Elish Rose. Find out more here...

Elvis: One Night With You - The Studio Sessions Sat 18 July, 8pm - Witness the earth-shaking impact of one man's journey from the floor of a Memphis recording studio to the make-or-break glare of the '68 Comeback Special. Grab a ringside seat among the bright lights of Vegas! Find out more here...

Hammer Nutrition Hawke's Bay Trail Run Series Sun 19 July, 9.30am - In Hawke’s Bay, winter is when we come out to play in the winter sun – just like the summer sun only a little cooler. The Hawke’s Bay Trail Run and Walk Series gives you the chance to see parts of Hawke’s Bay you may not ordinarily get to see. Find out more here...

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Alan Davies brings his deft silliness and shrewd observation to Napier.



Following the sell-out success of his long-awaited return to stand up in 2013, ALAN DAVIES - star of QI and Jonathan Creek - returns to New Zealand with his critically acclaimed follow up show ‘Little Victories’ touring to ten centres this July and August – and due to popular demand two additional shows have been added in Auckland at the Bruce Mason Centre Sunday July 26 and Wellington at the Opera House Sunday August 2.

"By the end of the show, your jaw will hurt from laughter” - The New Zealand Herald

"The audience was kept laughing for more than 90 minutes and left as they arrived, fizzing.”

- The Dominion Post

A stand up veteran of 25 years, Davies’ virtuosic storytelling and whip-smart funny bones combine to make the all-new ‘Little Victories’ a must-see. Much lauded as the resident dunderhead on QI, or the charming but reticent crime solver Jonathan Creek, Davies previously toured New Zealand in early 2013 selling out his popular show ‘Life is a Pain’. In 2014 he embarked on a national tour of Australia also selling out ‘Little Victories’ in every city.

At the beginning of his comedy career in 1991, Davies was named Best Young Comic by London’s Time Out magazine. After winning the Edinburgh Festival Critics Award for Comedy in 1994, he also picked up a nomination for the Festival’s prestigious Perrier Award. Davies has in his illustrious career worked regularly as an actor on both the stage and television, including the making of a three-part documentary series Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution (Channel 4), partly based on his autobiographical book My Favourite People and Me.

This multi-talented actor, writer and stand-up comedian has been busy since his last trip to NZ in 2013, touring to Amsterdam, Antwerp and throughout the UK. Jonathan Creek came back to the small screen in 2014 drawing 7.36 million viewers in the UK; Davies also hosts a conversational TV show, As Yet Untitled, airing now in the UK. In addition, his regular Arsenal FC podcast "The Tuesday Club" has surpassed seven million downloads and peaked at number 1 in the UK podcast chart. The ever-popular QI also returns to our screens this year.

‘Packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation, you’ll find the years have added an unexpected dash of wisdom to the package.’ The Guardian, UK

Book early - this will sell out!

MUNICIPAL THEATRE, Napier on Wednesday July 22

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.livenation.co.nz

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Sixteen acts perform at Napier Business Inc's Busk Off.


Sixteen acts braved the chill to perform on Saturday as part of Napier Business Inc's Busk Off competition.

The $500 prize was a welcome incentive for many of the competitors who performed as part of Napier Business Inc's winter entertainment programme.

Kicking off at 11 am the entertainment provided a welcome relief for shoppers and fans with the final vote decided by the public.

Twenty year old Olivia Karlsson was the winner on the day after performing Whitney Houston's Greatest Love of All, Celine Dion's Power of Love and I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Miserables. 

The third-year Massey University student said she was happy with the win but simply enjoyed the opportunity to be able to sing.

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Say 'Hello Sailor' and enjoy the swagger in Napier.


Due to demand the Hello Sailor 40th Anniversary Tour have announced more dates. Celebrate 40 years with Hello Sailor and their mates The Band of Brothers.

Hello Sailor are:

Graham Brazier - Harry Lyon - Rick Ball - Paul Woolright - Jimmy Taylor - Stuart Pearce

Band Of Brothers are:

Jordan Luck (The Exponents) - Peter Urlich (Th' Dudes) - Eddie Rayner (Spilt Enz) - Brett Adams (The Mockers) - Peter Warren (DD Smash) - Bryan Bell (Dead Flowers) - Dave Gent (The Exponents)

Following the announcement of Hello Sailor's 40th Anniversary show at Auckland's Powerstation and the overwhelming public reaction, the band has decided to add further shows! Now performing gigs throughout the North Island, this is a very rare experience to see Sailor deliver their songs and swagger in truly special New Zealand venues!

The guys can't wait to get out on the road with their incredible opening act the Band of Brothers - a supergroup comprising of some of their earliest musical comrades. Band of Brothers will unite for the tour to perform a full set of some of New Zealand's best-loved and best-known songs drawn from their respective bands including Th' Dudes, The Exponents, Split Enz, The Mockers, DD Smash and more...

Hello Sailor guitarist Harry Lyon, is excited to get together with some of his oldest friends "These guys have been around since we were all in flares. Having them as part of our 40th anniversary tour is such an honour and I couldn't think of a more talented group of friends to enjoy it with."

The guys will be rocking out over two electric sets with both bands combining at the end of the night for the ultimate 40th Anniversary finale!

Tickets for the tour go on sale from 12pm NZ on Thursday 16th July from usual outlets and will sell fast!

You’d be a fool to miss this one.


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Tourism in Hawke’s Bay is set to hit new heights


The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have reached agreement to increase overall funding to Hawke’s Bay Tourism for the promotion of the region.

The baseline funding of $850,000 per annum has been increased in year 1 by $300,000 per annum. A $70,000 annual cost index adjustment has also been applied.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism in conjunction with Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, and Wairoa District Council have developed a long term strategic plan for tourism which aims to grow visitor expenditure to over $1billion by 2025.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism Chairman George Hickton says “The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have been a great supporter of our work in the last 4 years and have seen the steps we have taken to grow the value of tourism in Hawke’s Bay. This endorsement and increase in funding shows a Council committed to generating strong economic returns for the community in Hawke’s Bay.”

93% of submissions on tourism were in favour of an increase in funding to the Regional Tourism Organisation and included positive submissions from Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, and Wairoa District Council.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism General Manager Annie Dundas says “We, alongside our Council partners, local business associations and the tourism industry have been working on this plan for the last twelve months and have a tourism industry in full support of our plans to grow tourism to the region, so all parts of the region benefit from dollars spent to promote Hawke’s Bay.”

The Tourism 2025 National Framework aims to grow tourism revenue from $24b to $41b by 2025. This increase in promotional funding will allow Hawke’s Bay to compete alongside other regions to gain its share of the projected tourism growth.

Tourism Facts

• Visitor expenditure in Hawke’s Bay was $554m year end March 2014.
(source MBIE Regional Tourism Estimates)

• Visitor Arrivals year end April 2015 +3.9% (source Commercial Accommodation Monitor from Statistics New Zealand and The Private Household Monitor from APR Research)

• Tourism in Hawke’s Bay contributes 6.5% in GDP per annum

• Tourism employs close to 5,000 people in Hawke’s Bay

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