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Hawkes Bay (Māori: Heretaunga) is a region on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand and is recognised on the world stage for its award-winning wines.

Hawke's Bay is a charismatic region where you can enjoy stylish historical architecture and wine in equal quantities.The region is situated on the Pacific coast of the North Island and based on a large semi-circular bay which extends for 100 kilometres from from Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers. The Hawke's Bay region includes the hilly coastal land around the northern and central bay, the floodplains of the Wairoa River in the north, the wide fertile Heretaunga Plains around Hastings in the south, and a hilly interior stretching up into the Kaweka and Ruahine ranges. The region consists of Wairoa District, Hastings District, Napier City, and Central Hawke's Bay District, as well as the town of Taharua in Taupo District and the town of Ngamatea in Rangitikei District. One trivial fact is that the region has a hill with the longest place name in the world, according to the
2009 Guinness Book of Records -
is an unremarkable hill in souther Hawke's Bay, not far from Waipukurau. Blessed with a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate, Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's warmest, driest regions withlandscapes that start in the high, forested Ruahine and Kaweka ranges and slope down towards the coast, flattening out to become the Heretaunga Plains. A number of wide rivers run swiftly to meet the blue Pacific Ocean. The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the main population centres.

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