skip to main content skip to main menu
Scroll

About Hastings
~ Ngā kōrero o Heretaunga

information

Hastings history

Hastings was named in 1873 by pastoral run-holder and entrepreneur, Thomas Tanner, who had settled in Central Hawke’s Bay a few years earlier.

Recognising the agricultural potential, Tanner saw a future for the Heretaunga Plains that a number of others before him had not. He and a group of other farming names, who collectively became known as the Twelve Apostles, illegally leased land from local Maori in 1864 before being granted an official lease in 1867.

By 1870, Tanner and his partners had purchased the entire Heretaunga Plains block.

With the Hastings area being right in the thick of the ensuing agricultural frenzy, the foundations were laid for its future as a service town to a growing agricultural economy.

Over the years following the founding of Hastings, key infrastructure was developed, including a railway, stockyards, show grounds, racecourse, and the first freezing works at Tomoana in 1884.

With all this development came visitors and new business opportunities and slowly the town that was to become the agricultural hub of Hawke’s Bay, began to take shape.

The district takes in a large and diverse area that includes Cape Kidnappers, Te Mata Peak, Tuki Tuki River, two of Hawke’s Bay’s most popular and beautiful beaches, and the lion’s share of the region’s vineyards and wineries.

The Hawke’s Bay Cycle Trails are an expanding and well-used way to explore the district by locals and visitors alike, and have fast become a reason in themselves to visit.

Within the central city, there is a growing band of locals determined to add new vitality to the central city. Evidence of their work can be found at the east end of Heretaunga Street, known locally as the 200 East Block, where there’s an evolving enclave of restaurants, cafes and bars, interesting shops, a green space, and Focal Point Cinema – an old lady of Heretaunga Street which was given a makeover not so long ago.

Related Documents

There are no documents related to this page.

Related Pages

There are no pages related to this page.

9 page views for the last 30 days

Share this page
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Share by Email

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hastings District Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hastings District Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hastings District Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the Hastings District Council information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Hastings District Council - www.hastingsdc.govt.nz / +64 6 838 7309 / Fax: +64 6 838 8874