The Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand has outstanding locations, brilliant light, enviable weather and enthusiastic people to support any production made in 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 a combined population of around 144,000. There are several smaller 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 or 20 minutes from central Hastings.

Direct Flights to and from Auckland (55 minutes). Wellington (50 minutes), and Christchurch(90 minutes).

Hawke’s Bay is 5.5 hours driving to and from Auckland and 4.5 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 - so much so that they launch rockets into space from here!

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, and 7.30 to 17:00 p.m in the winter.

Go to for the current forecast around New Zealand. Try for mountain and marine forecasts too.


Staying in the Bay


There are over 70 independent grape growers and over 70 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 a local regional film office that supports the development of screen productions in Hawke's Bay. If you are planning a production, we can help you: source locations; work with local councils to gain permits; and connect you with our local partners and film-industry people to work on your productions. 

Our local knowledge, along with our understanding of the screen industry, means we are the first point-of-contact for screen production knowledge in Hawke's Bay.

Film Hawke’s Bay is a registered not-for-profit trust.