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Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay: Wine Country with high sunshine hours

Population: 151, 179  (2019)

Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Hawke’s Bay Wine Country is New Zealand’s leading food and wine region. With over 2200 hours of sunshine, Hawke’s Bay is a year-round holiday destination with an eclectic mix of visual and sensory experiences. See

Hawkes Bay is a beautiful place to both live and visit. You will find wildlife centres, parks, gardens, both trout and sea fishing, hunting for those inclined, gannet colonies, and spectacular walking tracks backing onto the other side of Te Urewera National Park and Cape Kidnappers. The Hawkes Bay and, in particular, Gisborne boasts to be the first in the world to see sunshine each morning. While the Chatham Islands (off the east coast of New Zealand) in fact is the first to have this privilege, Hawkes Bay certainly has the privilege of being the first mainland to enjoy the sunshine.

Hawke's Bay property prices continue to reach record numbers but there's been a dip in the amount of sold signs being put up.

The latest stats from Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) Hawke's Bay has seen an annual growth of 10.8 per cent in median house prices, but has also seen a decrease of 8.3 per cent in volume of houses being sold, since March last year.

The same trend was seen nationally with the number of residential properties sold in March falling by 12.9 per cent from the same time last year and the median price increasing by 4.5 per cent to a record $585,000, up from $560,000 in March 2018.

Website OneRoof Editor Owen Vaughan said he felt the drop off of both the Auckland and Tauranga markets could slowly have an impact on the rest of the regional markets.

Roles are often listed in the Hawkes Bay regional areas.

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