Hastings is one of two cities that make up the Hawkes Bay. The other being Napier, only 20k distant. These two communities are fiercely competitive, that for the most part is healthy for the region. Over time a joining of the cities will take place. Both cities were rocked by the 1931 earthquake.

Ninety-three people were killed in Hastings by the Hawke's Bay earthquake of 3rd February 1931, which destroyed or damaged almost every building in the town.

The Urban Area of Hastings in 65,000 people which includes the surrounding Heretaunga Plains from Clive to the Bridge.

But given Hastings was not leveled to the degree Napier was affected, Hastings has an ‘older’ character to that of Napier.

An example is the Greek Orthodox Church and hotel.

Vineyards for which the Hawkes Bay in renown and fruit growing were the first industries for Hastings. With around six hundred people, the town was incorporated as a borough on 20 October 1886.

Since the turn of the new century  has seen businesses returning, and once abandoned shops of Hastings City being replaced with new bars, cafés, restaurants and shops. Hastings District Council has been exploiting the boom, promoting tourism around its thriving and accessible shopping district, and commissioning new works of art, sculptures and public buildings, including the new Hawke's Bay opera house.

The Hastings War Memorial is located at the Town Hall

Hastings is the mature older brother, and this reflected in how the community sees itself. Also Hastings has Havelock Nth as a part of its constituency.



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course