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.
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
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.
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.