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All About Staying in Hastings & Hawkes Bay


While Staying in Hawke's Bay

Take in the fantastic views from Te Mata Peak.

The Hawke's Bay Farmers Market is a great place on a Sunday morning to taste a wide variety of local products.

See the beautiful art deco city of Napier only 15 minutes drive away, or another unique attraction is the gannet colony on the very tip of Cape Kidnappers — believed to be one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world.


Adventure & Wine Experiences

tn_cla021254-18.JPGYou can also find plenty of adventure in Hawke's Bay — rafting on the Mohaka River, horse trekking, hunting and trout fishing or golfing on superb courses all over the bay.

The Hawke's Bay region also features many wineries — Craggy Range, Sileni Estates, Te Mata Estate and Matariki to name but a few — many of which are only a short drive from Portmans Motor Lodge, or you could take a wine tour, with many to choose from.

Whatever you may want to do in the region, choose Portmans Motor Lodge for your next stay.


10 destinations in 10 minutes



A round of Golf at one of Hawkes Bays 24 Golf Courses

tn_DSCF0906.JPGThe Hawkes Bay club, at Flaxmere near Hastings, is notable for its native tree plantings, lakes and wide greens.  Hastings Golf Course at Bridge Pa is a well groomed course that has hosted many national and international tournaments. Both are ranked amongst New Zealand’s best.  Or play the ultimate round at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, consistently ranked in the top 50 courses in the world.

Grab a bike or walk the Rotary Pathways, tracks or trails

Cycle or walk the 200kms (or part of) the Rotary Pathway that connects Napier, Hastings and Havelock North.  Enjoy beautiful coastal and landscape scenery that can only be viewed off road.

Get arty at over 50 art galleries & studios across the region

Follow the Art Trail to more than 50 galleries and artists’ studios to enjoy Hawkes Bay creative talent.  See artists at work, discover new talent and pick up a memento to remember your visit.

Learn about bee’s at Arataki Honey

Home to the honey bee and New Zealand’s largest beekeeping enterprise, tucked under the foothills of iconic Te Mata Peak, since 1944. Enjoy learning about the honey bee, the honey they make and how important honey bees are to our valuable land-based industries and environment.

Splash Planet

Cool off in the summer sun and head to Splash Planet, New Zealands only water-based theme park.  Located in more than six hectares of sub-tropical gardens, the park is a whole day’s fun for thrill seekers and families, with a wide choice of rides and attractions.

Take a self guided walk through Hastings CBD’s Art Deco Heritage Buildings

tn_gannet1.JPGGuide yourself to view the fabulous collection of Art Deco, Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission architecture the Hastings CBD has on offer, largely built after the 1931 earthquake making the region one of the most unique architectural centres in the world.

Go shopping in the stunning city of Hastings and ‘chic’ Havelock North.

The central business area of Hastings City is compact with shoppers able to walk from one end to the other in 20 minutes, enjoying the many street art sculptures that line the route.
The busy village of Havelock North is known for its boutique shopping and is also a bustling weekend destination for coffee connoisseurs.

Picnic in Frimley Park, or Cornwall Park and drive down the famous Oak Avenue

tn_IMG_2008.JPGFrimley Park is one of the Districts finest parks, providing a magnificent circular rose garden with more than 5,500 roses.

Cornwall Park spreads over 8 hectares in an English village green environment. Situated on the edge of Cornwall Park is the authentic Chinese Osmanthus Garden. Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the sister city relationship with Guilin, PR China. This garden consists of Chinese style ponds, pavilions, bridges and flora.

A mile long of oaks planted in the 1860s, as a driveway to one of Hastings original homesteads,
Oak Avenue is one of the scenic features of Hastings.

Have a Famous Rush Munroes Ice Cream

And of course you can’t stay in Hastings without treating yourself to a Rush Munroes IceCream

Handmade, batch churned ice cream made from 100% natural ingredients have become a world famous Hawke’s Bay landmark and family tradition.