Welcome to Film Hawke's Bay

The Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand has outstanding locations (many which have never been seen on screen), breath taking light, enviable weather and enthusiastic local business to support any production which comes to the Bay.

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About Hawke's Bay

Where is Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay is on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Our eastern border is the Pacific Ocean, to the west we are guarded by mountain ranges (Ruahine and Kaweka ranges). 

The two main cities, Napier and Hastings, have populations of around 55,000. There are several smaller service towns to the north and south of these cities. Most of these areas can be reached within an hour's drive of either Hastings or Napier.

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

How to get to Hawke's Bay

The Hawkes Bay domestic airport is 10 minutes from central Napier.

Direct Flights to and from Auckland (60 mintues). Wellington (50 minutes), and Christchurch(90 minutes).

Hawke’s Bay is 5.5 hours driving to and from Auckland and 4 hours to and from Wellington.


There’s a choice of over 120 places to stay in the Bay ranging from five star boutique lodges and hotels to back packers and holiday parks with many motels and hotels in between.



We enjoy a temperate climate with mildly cold winters and warm summers. The clear clean skies of Hawke's Bay are renowned.

Average summer temperatures are (Dec-Feb) 20º to 30º C (68º – 86º F), and in winter (Jun-Aug) 10º – 15 º C (50º – 59º F).

The annual sunshine hours are 2200 per annum – some of the highest in the country. Sunshine hours in the summer are 6:00 a.m. to 20.30.pm, and 7.30 to 17:00 p.m in the winter.

Go to www.metservice.co.nz for the current forecast around New Zealand. Try www.weatherreports.co.nz for mountain and marine forecasts too.


Staying in the Bay


There are over 90 wineries in the Bay – many with restaurants attached.

There is a wide selection of takeaways, cafes and a la carte dining in Napier, Hastings and Havelock North.


Activities in Hawke's Bay

Here’s a sample:

  • Tee off at one of the world’s top golf courses
  • Go biking on one of Hawke’s Bay cycle trails
  • Picnic and swim at any of the many beaches
  • Take an art deco tour
  • Visit the Hastings City Art Gallery
  • Discover the wine trail
  • Walk or take a ride to Cape Kidnappers

About Us

We are the local regional film office that supports screen production choosing Hawke's Bay. We help source locations, we work closely with the local authorities to smooth the way, we steer productions in the right direction for services and products, and local industry people to work on productions. We ensure each production has the best experience Hawke's Bay can offer.

Our local knowledge, along with our experience and understanding of the screen industry, means we are the best resource when filming in Hawke's Bay.

Film Hawke’s Bay is a registered trust  We are a non profit and non charitable registered trust.

The Board Members are:

  • Nigel Loughnan, Director   Baker Loughnan Lawyers (Chairperson)
  • Tessa Tylee, Factual Television Producer and Director (Treasurer)
  • Gilly Lawrence, Gaffer
  • Claire McCormick, Programme Coordinator EIT Screen Production
  • Lizzie Russell, Hastings City Art Gallery Communications and freelance writer
  • Simon Griggs, Managing Director, The Urban Beardsman

Under international protocol (AFCI ) we do not charge for our services.  Our funding comes from the support of local authorities, businesses and individuals.  

FHB employs two people part time; Tessa Tylee  and Sally Ann Louisson.