Hastings and the surrounding
district-although separate for much of their history-were socially one
from the beginning. An urbanised, industrial-age society grew and
flourished in both town and country from the earliest settler days.
People looked to the city of Hastings for services and facilities
regardless of where they lived; and people in both town and country
relied on employment or enterprise to earn money for buying the food,
medical facilities and other services they needed to survive.
The long summers and
mild winters of the Hastings district, provide the perfect stimulant for
a wide variety of delicious fresh produce. Orchards are abundant
and the climate is also perfect for apple and grape growing.
The local wine industry
continues to grow and each February the region celebrates with Harvest
Hawke's Bay. Hastings boasts some of the regions 40 wineries where
wine tasting, as well as restaurant or picnic dining, can be enjoyed.
Hastings is a showcase
of Spanish Mission-style architecture and enjoys a diverse range of
cultural attractions including the Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre.
September heralds spring and the start of the Hastings Blossom Festival,
full of concerts, celebrity artist performances and fun events.
Hastings' vibrant inner
city square is regularly used for community performances, fairs and
events, and the central city is home to an impressive display of public
Grab and ice cream from
local icon, Rush
Munro's and take a leisurely stroll through the spectacular gardens
of Frimley or Cornwall Park or drive down Oak Avenue with its Oak
tree-lined canopy planed in the 1860's.
Also not to be missed
is the Hawke's Bay Farmers Markets at the Hawke's Bay Show grounds every
Sunday morning in Hastings. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a
traditional village market where you can talk to the grower and taste
some of their wide ranging product types.