Free things – Napier/Hastings/Havelock North

I’m going to jump right into this one:

  1. Art Deco Weekend – usually in February, this event has so many free ‘must do’s’ I don’t even know where to start
  2. Marine Parade 
  3. You can’t beat Te Mata Peak on a fine days for views over the Hawkes Bay
  4. Hastings Farmers Market is held every Sunday and is simply amazing. 
  5. Visit the Tom Parker Fountain (on the Marine Parade) after dark.
  6.  

    Balls Clearing – Patoka – Pack a picnic, drive out into the countryside and enjoy this podocarp forest

  7. Botanical gardens
  8. Bluff hill look out has awesome views try to be here for sunrise or sunset
  9. Bluff hill cemetery – possibly a little morbid but a brilliant historical cemetery  
  10. Ahuriri Estuary – a brilliant walk for bird watching. Recommend going at low tide so you can take in the southern side of the estuary too
  11. On the Marine Parade you also have the Sound Shell, the Sunken Gardens and the clock tower as well as the paved path to walk along the beach
  12. Napier has an Urban Street Market on Saturdays
  13. Both Napier and Hastings have a large number of Art Deco and Art Nouveaux style buildings (You can buy a map of these from the I-site on the Marine Parade or with a little research plan your own route for free) 

Bonus: Drive out to Puketitiri and into the Kaweka Ranges and enjoy a soak in the Mohaka hot springs (*technically not within my definitions but as Napier is the closest town I’m breaking the rules)

I feel like I’ve left out something important. Any suggestions, feel free to comment…

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