Hawkes Bay is a province on the eastern side of the North Island of New Zealand, with a population of about 150,000 people. It is a rural area supporting sheep and dairy as well as a large wine industry, and is known as the fruit bowl of New Zealand for its many orchards of citrus, stonefruit and pipfruit. Hawkes Bay produces over 60% of New Zealand’s apples and pears.
Hawkes Bay is a tourist centre, with many large cruise liners visit the port regularly in the summer season. We have a temperate climate with around 2200 hours of sunshine and generally over a meter of rainfall per year.
The population is found mainly in the two cities of Napier (on the sea) and Hastings (20km inland). There are another five towns as well as a variety of smaller villages.