Hawke’s Bay Destinations


Respect the craft. That’s the motto at this Italian eatery that specialises in woodfired pizza and pasta. The aim is to craft a slice – or two or three – of Napoli, using techniques passed down through the generations. Handcrafted, crispy-crust pizzas are about as authentic as it gets. Washed down with an Italian red? Bellissimo.

15 Joll Rd, Havelock North /
06 877 8844 /

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Cellar 495

The wines may shine at this trendy cellar, but they’re not the sole stars. A small-but-robust menu has seasonal ingredients sharply in focus. Top-notch cellar and kitchen staff make the perfect match – just like the drinks and food they so lovingly serve.

319 Heretaunga St East, Hastings /
06 870 6308 /

Clearview Estate

Settle in for a long lunch with a breath-of-fresh-air vista of the coast at this winery restaurant that has been serving up the goods for 20 years. The menu celebrates produce plucked from the ocean or grown on the lush pastures of this region and changes seasonally. The hospitality keeps locals coming back for more.

194 Clifton Rd, Te Awanga /
06 875 0150 /

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Hunger Monger

If you love seafood, you’ll want to make a beeline for this ‘strictly seafood’ restaurant where everything is based around the catch of the day. Chowder, tacos and burgers, oysters, grilled fillets – it’s all rather fishy. If you’re hungry for a taste of the sea, this place will reel you in hook, line and sinker.

129 Marine Parade, Napier /
06 835 9736 /

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Based in the heart of the village, Malo exudes a warmth that extends beyond its Scandinavian-influenced decor. Head chef Bert van de Steeg coaxes the best from local, seasonal foods and flavours. Brunch, lunch, bites or dinner: it’s all worthy – as are the wines.

4 Te Aute Rd, Havelock North /
06 877 2009 /

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How’s this for a top combination? Craggy Range spin-off; overseen by CR chef Casey McDonald; a Josper grill; lots of CR wines. That roars confidence and competence at this upscale diner. Settle for a set-price menu, or choose from an inviting à la carte.

15 Joll Rd, Havelock North /
06 650 7770 /

Mission Estate

To arrive at Mission is to bask in a sense of occasion. The stunning vineyard location and grand homestead setting is all about classic elegance. That’s reflected in the menu, too: contemporary fine dining with a European influence. Mission wines complete this piece of history.

198 Church Rd, Taradale /
06 845 9354 /

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Mister D

Hospo heavyweights Prue Barton and David Griffiths introduced us to Mr D over a decade ago. We still love him. They make their own bread, pasta and pastries daily. They’re flavour-obsessed and big on fresh, local produce. And they love Bob Dylan. A winner on all counts.

47 Tennyson St, Napier /
06 835 5022 /

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Pipi Pizza Café

Think bright pink; see Pipi. This iconic spot can’t be missed – and nor should it be. Pizzas are a key feature, but non dough-based mains and specials also feature. Pipi gives a big nod to its immediate environs with local wines, plus Hastings Distillers spirits.

16 Joll Rd, Havelock North /
06 877 8993 /

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Poivre & Sel

French fare that draws on traditional techniques, delivered in a relaxed, romantic atmosphere. Located in an historic waterfront building where the owners encourage diners to linger longer, to savour the company and each and every bite. The aperitifs and wines are French, too – naturellement.

189 Marine Parade, Napier /
06 833 6300 /

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Sai Eatery

A menu centred around freshness – and memories of Mum’s cooking. This is Thai cuisine made personal, adapted to local ingredients. Cocktails and mocktails accompany familiar dishes such as Tom Yum Goong or Cashew Chicken, and the east-meets-west decor is just the ticket. Also a branch in Havelock North.

205 Emerson St, Napier
06 835 3959 /

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Wallingford Hotel

Gather here and feast in fine-dining style. Seasonal produce and foraged fare, sourced from local hunters, fishers, cheesemakers and more, is the focus (even the Angus beef comes from their own grounds). This is what dreams are made of; you can indeed overnight if you choose.

2914 Porangahau Rd, Wallingford /
06 855 4701/

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