Hawke's Bay

There is approximately 66 permanent staff based at the Hawke’s Bay Research Centre, with the number of seasonal workers fluctuating depending on requirements.

Our site and facilities

The Plant & Food Research Hawke’s Bay Research Centre is an architecturally designed purpose built research facility.  There is a staff cafeteria based on site that provides tea, coffee etc. It is best to bring your own lunch.

There is an active social club, and get togethers are often held on a Friday where cheap drinks are available.  The social club also organises, raffles, BBQs and quiz nights.


The Hawke’s Bay Research Centre is located 2.5km away from Havelock North Village in the middle of Hawke’s Bay Wine Country.  Transport is mostly by private car and due to the climate cycling and walking are popular with cycle paths leading from both the Havelock North Village and Hastings to the Research Centre.  Napier Airport is approximately half an hour away.

The area

The nearest shop to the research centre is the Cherry Grove Dairy which is approximately a 15 minute walk away from the site.  Havelock North Village, a suburb of Hastings and known locally as ‘the village’, has the nearest shopping area, which includes a supermarket.  Havelock North has a reputation for its orchards, vineyards and educational facilities and the town’s industry is based around its fruit and wine production.

The region

Hastings is the closest major city to the Hawke’s Bay Research Centre, with Napier city within a 20 minute drive.  Hastings has a population of approximately 66,000, Napier’s population is approximately 59,000.  The local region is known collectively as the Hawke’s Bay and is situated on the east coast of the North Island.  Hawke Bay is a large bay which extends for 100 kilometres from northeast to southwest from Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers.  Cape Kidnappers is famous for its gannet reserve.  There are some stunning beaches in the area,with settlements and holiday homes.  Hawke’s Bay is famous for its Art Deco architecture in both Hastings and Napier, with Napier being known as the Art Deco capital of the world. An Art Deco weekend is held annually in Napier and Art Deco aficionados come from overseas especially to take part.  The Hawke’s Bay is a lively region with many entertainment events being held.  A feature event is the annual Mission Concert, which has had famous artists like Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, B52’s and the Beach Boys perform.

The Hawke’s Bay region is also well known on the world stage for its award winning wines.  The Hawke’s Bay has a dry and temperate climate with long hot summers and cool winters, perfect for growing grapes.  There are many excellent wineries in the area with attached restaurants where you can sit in the sun and enjoy a wine with your meal. With the proximity of two cities to the Hawke’s Bay Research Centre there are many choices of housing and schools on offer in both urban and rural settings.

Further information

For more information on the Hawke’s Bay area in general please visit www.hawkesbaynz.com

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