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January 2016 - Wots on in Napier?

January 2016 -  Wots on in Napier?

The long and hot lazy days of Summer!! ….. with warm balmy evenings there's plenty of time to explore Napier, or just sit back and relax!

….and there is plenty to see and do in and around Napier this month ….


Interislander Summer Festival New Year's Day Races

Kick off the New Year with a relaxing day at the races with family and friends, for exciting racing, delicious food, Free kids entertainment, live music - there’s something for everyone! Pack a picnic or indulge in some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest fare and wines. 

There’s nothing like a family day at the races! 

More info

10.30am Friday 1st January,

Hastings Racecourse

200 Prospect Road Hastings


Hawkes Bay Races


Fiesta of Lights



Fiesta of Lights

Take an evening stroll along the one kilometre light trail of 500,000 sparkling lights that envelope lake-side walkways that make up the wonderland of the Fiesta of Lights!

9.00pm to 11.00pm daily until Saturday 2nd January,

Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds

Karamu Rd, Hastings




Black Barn Open Air Cinema

A Festival of Film under the Stars – the ultimate movie experience! Relax on grassed terraces, sipping a glass of wine with friends, enjoy nibbles from onsite caterers or bring your own picnic and watch the sun set over Hawke’s Bay.
  • Sat 2nd Jan – Third Person
  • Sun 3rd Jan – Roger Waters The Wall
  • Mon 4th Jan - The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Tues 5th Jan – Mad Max Fury Road
  • Wed 6th Jan - Whiplash

7:30pm to 11:00pm Saturday 2nd to Wednesday 6th January 2016. 

Black Barn Vineyards, Black Barn Rd, Havelock North



Black Barn Open Air Cinema


Summer Cycling Carnival


Summer Cycling Carnival and Elite Nationals

The Summer Cycling Carnival is a 10 day long celebration of cycling combining elite and fun cycling events. 

It begins with the best of New Zealand road cycling featuring the Big Save Elite Road National Championships 7-10 January and follows on with loads of fun events for the kids, families and recreational riders.

The Carnival has something for everyone.

Thursday 7th to Sunday 17th January

Various venues around Napier and Hawke's Bay



UB40 Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour

The original line-up of UB40 with Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue enjoyed huge success over a period of 30 years from 1979 to 2008, with #1 albums, multiple gold and platinum selling albums, Grammy nominations, 4 worldwide #1 hits and over 70 million in sales. 

Now reunited again, they continue to take their smooth yet rootsy blend around the world and their live performances never fail to uplift the audience.

5:00pm to 10:00pm Friday 8th January

Black Barn Offsite, 250 Kahuranaki Road, Havelock North





Waimarama Beach Day



Waimarama Beach Day

The biggest summer event in Hawke’s Bay! 

The Waimarama Beach Day is a chance for you and your family and friends to relax and enjoy one of the best beaches in the region, while raising money for the team at the Waimarama Surf Lifesaving Club.

Favourite beach activities include the Dash for Cash, Beach dig, sandcastle competition, Miss and Mr Waimarama. 

9.00am Sunday 10th January

Waimarama Beach, Harper Rd,



Sundaze with the Puketapu

Sacred Hill Vineyards and the classic country pub The Puketapu have joined forces for Sundaze - wine, food and music by Eilish Rose in the Bay’s beautiful Dartmoor countryside, amongst the established trees and gardens at the original winery site.

Highly recommended for a relaxing afternoon with family and friends.

12.00noon to 5.00pm Sunday 10th January

Sacred Hill Cellar Door

1033 Dartmoor Road, Puketapu



Sundaze at Sacred Hill


The Hub Tour



The Hub Tour

Ramblers Cycling Club is one of New Zealand's largest & oldest cycling clubs and each year hosts the 3 day Hub Cycle Tour. 

With four different stages, OVER $10,000 in prize money plus plenty of grades there is something for every competitive cyclist. 

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January


Another day in Taradise

That fabulous summers day where we all get together to eat, drink and be merry, and celebrate living in the best part of the world – Taradale! 

An awesome day of Smooth tunes, Tapas, Paella & Ice Cream & Spanish Sweet things from Paella A Go Go (or BYO picnic if you can be bothered!) and of course cold suds, refreshing wines and Aurum coffee.

Free entry! 

11.00am Saturday 16th January

Moana Park Winery, 530 Puketapu Road, Puketapu



Another Day in Taradise


Upper Mohaka Rodeo



Upper Mohaka Rodeo

There will be plenty of thrills and spills at the Upper Mohaka Rodeo as cowboys from throughout New Zealand complete in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Rope and Tie, Steer Wrestling, Team Racing, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, and Calf Riding. 

A great family day out! 

11.00am Sunday 17th January 

Upper Mohaka Sports Domain

McVicar Road (off State Highway 5 - Napier - Taupo Road)

Upper Mohaka


Te Awanga Estate Sunday Session

Come one come all - Join Te Awanga for a Sunday Sesh on the lawn – great wines, music by the Revolutionary Arts Ensemble - a rare appearance not to be missed! and your vibe.

Summer in Te Awanga at its finest! 

Entry is $5 at the gate, kids under 14 are free, bring a picnic rug, sit back, relax, and tuck in to our world-famous-in-Te-Awanga pizzas and platters.

12 noon to 5.00pm Sunday 17th January

Rod McDonald Wines at Te Awanga Estate,

376 Parkhill Road, Te Awanga



Te Awanga Estate


Bridge Pa Wine Festival



Bridge Pa Wine Festival

Seven Wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District have joined together to run the Second Annual Bridge Pa Triangle Wine Festival. Each winery will offer a range of activities, including wine tasting, food, music and masterclasses. 

Just Hop on/Hop off the bus throughout the day to get to Abbey Cellars, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge, Hawkes Ridge, Ngatarawa, Paritua and Sileni. 

11.00am to 6.00pm Saturday 23rd January

Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District,

305 Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa


Fat Freddy's Drop

A band to experience first hand, that no collection of words or recordings will ever quite be able to capture! 

Following the worldwide success of ‘Blackbird’ in 2013, the New Zealand based seven-piece are back with ‘BAYS’, a show that’s both polished and unpredictable in equal measure.

5:00pm Saturday 23rd January

Black Barn Vineyards, Black Barn Rd, Havelock North



Fat Freddy's Drop


Tour de Beautiful Cycle Challenge



Tour de Beautiful

The Tour de Beautiful Cycle Challenge is back for 2016 (part of the Tui Summer Challenge with Tour de Manawatu). 

This iconic cycling event, will take riders through scenic Central Hawke’s Bay countryside along peaceful country roads, with rides of 10, 25, 55 and 100km there are distances for riders of all abilities. 

9.00am Sunday 24th January

CHB College, Tavistock Road, Waipukurau


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 24th January 

Pandora Pond, Humber Road Ahuiriri Napier



Hawkes Bay Triathlon



Sundaze at Sacred Hill



Sundaze with the Puketapu

Sacred Hill Vineyards and the classic country pub The Puketapu have joined forces for Sundaze - wine, food and music by Ian Munro in the Bay’s beautiful Dartmoor countryside, amongst the established trees and gardens at the original winery site.

Highly recommended for a relaxing afternoon with family and friends. 

12.00noon to 5.00pm Sunday 24th January

Sacred Hill Cellar Door

1033 Dartmoor Road, Puketapu


Black Caps vs Pakistan ODI

International Cricket.

Live It.....!! Breathe It......!! Love It......!!

This will be another exciting One Day International at one of New Zealand’s best cricket grounds. 

Not to be missed!

2.00pm Thursday 28th January

McLean Park Napier



New Zealand Black Caps vs Pakistan ODI


Eclipse - Pink Floyd Tribute



Eclipse - Pink Floyd Tribute

An astounding sight and sound spectacular nothing short of superb! 

Witness a trip through Pink Floyds most epic and popular songs, from the early favourites to the chart topping block busters. 

The perfect way to end a glorious Summer’s day! Last years show sold so be quick if you don’t want to miss out.


8:00pm to 10:30pm - Gates open at 6:30pm Saturday 30th January

Black Barn Vineyards, Black Barn Rd, Havelock North

PLUS! PLUS! PLUS! There's so much more to see and do!