Things to do in Hastings

Napier‘s sister city Hastings has a lot to offer, and is going through a period of rejuvenation – particularly for foodies.

Once you’ve taken a Te Mata Peak Walk, here are the best things to do in Hastings New Zealand.

Brave Brewing Co.

205 Queen Street, Hastings

Brave Brewing Co. recently moved into a bigger premises. They have a tasting room, cellar door and busy eatery which offers burgers, Bostock Chicken wings, salads and hot dogs.

Brave Brewingsell their beer to local bars, restaurants and retailers and attend the farmers market.

brewery bar with two men behind counter with beer taps, merchandise on back wall and a third man collecting food from a window

Hastings Distillers

231 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings

Hastings Distillers is open Wednesday to Saturday sharing their passion for their certified organic gins.

Their $20 tasting tray allows you to try three of their gins:

  • East Block 200 – bold and aromatic containing 10 organic botanicals with top notes of citrus and juniper as well as Angelica Root
  • Alertine – containing 38 botanicals, 30 of which are sourced in Hawkes Bay
  • L’Opera – a bitter-sweet infusion of New Zealand grown organic Seville oranges which is served with soda
Gin tasting tray with three gins and garnishes, bottle of tonic water, carafe of soda water and dried juniper berries

The amount of alcohol in the tasting tray is similar to one of their gin and tonics.

It’s a beautiful spot to catch up with people and food options include olives, nuts and bread with humus.

Hastings Farmers Markets

Kenilworth Road, Mayfair

The Hastings Farmers Market takes place at the Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds every Sunday morning. It’s pretty handy that this event happens so I don’t have to drive all around the region collecting the different fresh produce items my parents and grandparents have got me on to over the years. My must visit stalls to visit for a stock up on fresh goodies are 114 Avocados, Te Mata Mushrooms, Scotts Strawberries and Hohepa Hawkes Bay for Cheese, with a pause for a Gelato to keep me going.

Bay Espresso Coffee

141 Karamu Road, Hastings

Bay Espresso‘s busy cafe serves their own locally roasted coffee as well as a range of counter foods and brunch options.

Next Time

I will be sure to visit Pipi Cafe in Havelock North for a Pizza and Margarita. I’m a regular consumer of their pizza bases and need to visit them in person to compare topping choices.