Travel Insights

November 2015 - Wots on in Napier?

November 2015 - Wots on in Napier?

The days are getting longer and hotter!! ….. With daylight saving there’s plenty of time in the evenings to explore Napier, or just sit back and relax!

….and there is plenty to see and do in and around Napier during the day ….


Hawke's Bay Arts Festival

The inaugural Hawke’s Bay Arts festival programme is jam-packed with acts from New Zealand and around the world. 

The Festival’s venue, the Famous Spiegeltent, will play host to 13 days of music, cabaret, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus and a fantastic series of literary events.

27th October to 8th November

The Famous Spiegeltent – Havelock North Domain, Havelock North



Hawkes BAy Arts Festival Speiegeltent


Hawkes Bay Triathlon 



Shed 2 Triathlon series

Six events throughout the summer, with three different distances and options at each event catering from the beginner to the seasoned athlete. 

Enter as an individual or a team and walkers are always welcome.

10am to 12 noon Sunday 1st November 

Pandora Pond, Humber Road Ahuiriri Napier




Iron Maori 1/4 Ironman

A hugely popular individual and teams event which sells out very quickly. 

1km swim, 45km cycle, 10.5km run/walk 

See how your training is going as you build up to the Iron ½ Maori Ironman on Saturday 5th December 

Saturday 7th November 

Pandora Pond, Humber Road Ahuriri Napier



 Iron Maori Ironman


Off Road Racing National Finals 



ENZED Off Road Racing National Finals

THUNDER IN THE HILLS as the Offroad Racing Association of NZ ’s fastest offroad racers head into Hawke’s Bay for the final round of the 2015 ENZED offroad racing championship hosted by the Hawkes Bay Off Road Club - HBORC

With fast and fierce racing who will take the class and outright national titles?

Short course racing gets underway on Saturday at 9.30 am.

The 200km endurance race starts at 11.00 am on Sunday.

Offroad Racing Association of NZ

Hawkes Bay Off Road Club - HBORC

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November

1960 Matapiro Road Crownthorpe - Sign posted from Fernhill



Mitre 10 Mega walk

An opportunity to explore the Rotary pathways. 

4 events to cater for all fitness levels:

  • The Mega 28km – starts at 7.30am at Mega Mitre 10 Hastings.
  • Half Mega 15.0km – starts at 9.00am at Awatoto, opposite the southern end of the Ravensdown Fertiliser works.
  • Short Mega 6.5km – starts at 10.00am at Ocean Spa on Marine Parade, Napier.
  • Mega Meander 3.5km – starts at 10.00am at Perfume point Ahuriri, Napier.

All proceeds to Canteen.

Sunday 8th November



Mitre 10 MEGA Walk


Hawkes Bay Races 




Hastings Christmas at the Races

Looking for the PERFECT Christmas/staff Party or Social Club gathering??? 


Hawkes Bay racing have the best Christmas parties in town with two spectacular events to choose from!

  • Sunday 8th November - 12pm - 5pm.
  • Thursday 10th December - 3pm - 7.30pm.

No matter how big or small your group is check out their Packages – live entertainment, fine food, cold beverages, thrilling thoroughbred action and all the joys of Christmas!!

Gates open 11.00am Sunday 8th November

Hawke’s Bay Racecourse, Hastings


Australia Led Zeppelin Show - Zeppelin Live

Australia's premiere and most authentic tribute to Led Zeppelin, capturing the electricity and live experience of a Led Zeppelin concert.

8.00pm Thursday 12th November

The Cabana, Napier



Led Zeppelin Tribute Show 


Hawkes Bay Rally



Tomoana Warehousing Transport Hawke's Bay Rally

See some of New Zealand’s best rally drivers take on some of Wairoa and Hastings most challenging roads. 

Final rounds of the Geartech Central Region Rally series and Rally Extreme series.

Spectating at rallies is dangerous and requires you to take care on stages. WRC stars explain why it is so important. 

Check out this Spectator safety Video clip 

Saturday 14th November


Peak Trail Blazer

$500 Cash for the Fastest Dash! 

Can you beat the record 50minutes 54 seconds set in 2012? 

Not just for the super fast, the Peak Trail Blazer is an off road event for all. Run or walk, super fit or not so, young or old, individual or team … there’s something for everyone! 

One Peak, two trails – the choice is yours:

  • the picturesque 12.8km Te Mata Peak Trail
  • blitz the 3.5km Tainui Trail. 

8.00am to 12 noon Sunday 15th November

Te Mata Peak Road, Havelock North



Peak Trail Blazer 


Staples Rodway Challenge


Staples Rodway Challenge

One of the most popular events in the region. 

Held mainly on private land the 32km course, starting and finishing at Clifton Bay Café, takes in stunning landscapes, windswept beaches, native forest, waterfalls, river gorges and stunning coastal farmland.

Walkers start 7.15am

Runners start 7.30am 

Saturday 21st November

Clifton Bay Café, Clifton Beach


Shed 2 Triathlon series

Six events throughout the summer, with three different distances and options at each event catering from the beginner to the seasoned athlete. 

Enter as an individual or a team and walkers are always welcome.

10am to 12 noon Sunday 22nd November 

Pandora Pond, Humber Road Ahuriri Napier




Hawkes Bay Triathlon


Gin Wigmore



Gin Wigmore - Blood to Bone Tour

One of New Zealand’s biggest stars. 

Fresh from sell out concerts across the US, UK and Australia, and three NZ shows earlier this year, Gin is returning to perform around New Zealand this summer. 

Her third album “Blood to Bone” is her most powerful release to date and has received critical acclaim around the world. 

A concert not to be missed! 

8.00pm Sunday 29th November

Black Barn Vineyard, Havelock North