05 August, 2018

Air New Zealand to increase Hawkes Bay service

Air New Zealand have confirmed they will be adding an additional boost to business in Hawkes Bay with some additional services this summer period.  The airline says the new service will be flown by one of the airline's 50-seat Q300 aircraft and has a scheduled departure time from Auckland at 5:50pm. The aircraft will spend the night in Hawke's Bay / Napier Airport and fly back to Auckland at 7:15am in the morning.

Air New Zealand Regional Affairs Manager Ian Collier says the additional flights between Hawke's Bay and Auckland come in response to growing demand from business travellers.  "It's great to be able to meet the needs of businesses, with the additional flights offering those travelling from Hawke's Bay the option of three services to Auckland before 8:30am and customers heading to Hawke's Bay three flight options after 5pm." The new schedule makes it even easier for workers and tourists alike to get out of Auckland for the weekend with a flight early evening on Friday and back early Monday morning. 

The additions to Air New Zealand's Hawke's Bay-Auckland schedule from 28 October 2018 are as follows:

Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions which is perhaps why this area is known the world over as the home to some of New Zealand's finest wines. The area is particularly known for its fantastic red wines, although produces in this region do produce some very enjoyable whites.

The impressive senic nature of the Hawkes Bay region lends itself perfectly to exploring the area on a bike - those of the peddling kind, there are some great cycle wine tours to experience.  But, there is more to Hawkes Bay than just fantastic wines,  it has long been considered the 'Art Deco' centre of the country, as much was rebuilt in the 1930’s after a huge earthquake. It hosts the country’s most elaborate celebrations of Matariki – the Maori New Year. 

It’s a place where you can shop at the farmers' market for locally grown delicacies, indulge in artisan gourmet food, and join the lunchers at Napier’s Great Long Lunch. It is also a place where you can walk the forest trails of the Ruahine and Kaweka Forest Parks, visit the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony or relax on the glorious beaches that stretch along the coast.