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Like Napier, Hastings also has some lovely Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture, but it doesn’t share the same cosmopolitan feel as its neighbour. There’s a distinctly agricultural feel to the place, a rougher, less polished vibe.

Most backpackers come to Hastings for fruit picking work (available Nov-May). People also come to Hastings to check out the wineries in the area, but probably the main attraction is Splash Planet, a big family-oriented water park.

Local transport

Local bus services in Hastings and the Hawkes Bay region are operated by goBay.

Cash fares are $3.60–4.20 (depending on how far you travel), although it is around 20% cheaper ($2.88–3.65) if you pay using a goBay smartcard.

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