The 2016 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards are now open for entries so put your business in the spotlight!

The 5th annual Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Awards entries are now OPEN.  On September 29, 2016 The Hawke’s Bay Tourism Indutsry Awards will recognise local tourism providers delivering exceptional visitor experiences. The Awards night will be held at the Century Theatre at MTG followed by a light dinner and drinks at the Art Deco Masonic Hotel in Napier.

Click here to open the online entry form.      

Click here for tips and general information on how to enter.  

Click here to download a word version of the Awards Entry Form.

We want you to enter!

There are  four award categories

  • Accommodation
  • Activities and Attractions
  • Small Business *
  • People’s Choice

The Supreme Winner will be chosen from the winners of the Accommodation, Activities and Attractions and Small Business categories.
The Peoples Choice is chosen by the public in association with The Hits radio station.

Please note that you may enter multiple categories, providing you are eligible to do so.
*The criteria for the Small Business Award is 1 to 5 FTE (full time employed staff) and/or less than $1m annual turnover. 

The Awards are open to all tourism operators in the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Partner Program. Entries open today and close on Friday August 12th at 5.00pm.

Why Enter?

Celebrating your successes within the tourism sector goes beyond our own industry. Upon receiving your Award your organisations profile will increase as an example of excellence in New Zealand Tourism.

Nimon and Sons won the 2015 Supreme award, here is what Katie Nimon had to say about the awards.

“Winning the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Supreme Award was surprising but incredibly rewarding for Nimon and Sons. We have been motoring away at what we do for over 110 years, without much time to reflect on what we have achieved and how we have evolved, especially in the last 10 years. The award encouraged us to take a moment and celebrate that. More than anything, it was a great learning experience. It’s never easy to communicate your business to others in the way that you see it, and it took us three years to get there, but having that validation from the judges was a milestone for us.”

Our Judges

We have a fabulous array of experienced and accomplished talent, our Judges this year include:

  • Hon. Craig Foss MP for Tuki Tuki
  • Wayne Walford CEO Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Liz Read – Reputation Matters
  • Oscar Nathan – General Manager Destination Rotorua
Our Sponsors

Contact Hamish Evans for details on 06 280 5467 or email for further information.

The awards are organised in partnership with Hawke’s Bay Tourism and the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Association (HBTIA). 


The 2015 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards were held on September 17th 2015 at East Pier, Napier

Hosted by Shane Cortese, New Zealand actor, singer and performer, the night was full of fun and glamour as the regional tourism industry celebrated local tourism businesses delivering exceptional visitor experiences.

The awards were open to Hawke’s Bay Tourism members (financial and non financial) across all tourism sectors and over 50 entries were received.

The entry process was rigorous and included entrants completing a comprehensive questionnaire and presenting their business plan.  Entries were then judged by an independent panel made up of Hon. Craig Foss-MP for Tukituki, Wayne Walford-CEO Chamber of Commerce, Liz Read-Managing Director of Consultancy firm Reputation Matters and Katherine Halliday – Business, Marketing and Event Consultant

The judged award categories were Activity & Attraction, Accommodation and Small Business which was a new category introduced this year. A Supreme Award winner was then selected from the 3 category winners.

Back by popular demand was “The People’s Choice” award, sponsored by The Hits Radio Station where members of the public voted for their favourite tourism business. Over 600 people cast votes for 50 of Hawke’s Bay’s tourism businesses.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism General Manager Annie Dundas said “We’re delighted to see such great industry engagement and support of each other because it’s important to take time to acknowledge and celebrate local businesses who work so hard to deliver amazing experiences for visitors to Hawke’s Bay. The winners here tonight play a pivotal part in doing that and are well deserving of their accolades.” 

The 2015 results: 

2015 Supreme Award Winner: Nimon & Sons
Sponsored by EIT


  • Cobden Garden Homestay (Accommodation Winner)
  • Nimon & Sons (Activity and Attraction Winner)
  • Hawke’s Bay Express (Small Business Winner)

2015 Accommodation Winner: Cobden Garden Homestay
Sponsored by Central Linen Service


  • Cobden Garden Homestay (Winner)
  • Ormlie Lodge
  • Palm City Motor Inn
  • Redcliffe Homestead

2015 Activity and Attraction Winner: Nimon & Sons
Sponsored by Hastings District Council

A highly commended certificate was presented to Takaro Trails for this category.


  • Church Road Winery
  • Hawke’s Bay Express
  • Mohaka Rafting
  • Nimon & Sons (Winner)
  • National Aquarium of NZ
  • Takaro Trails (Highly Commended)
  • The Old Church

2015 Small Business Award Winner: Hawke’s Bay Express
Sponsored by Napier City Council


  • Hawke’s Bay Express (Winner)
  • Laserforce
  • Odyssey NZ
  • Ormlie Lodge
  • Redcliffe Homestay

2015 People’s Choice Award Winner: Kennedy Park Resort Napier
Sponsored by The Hits Radio Station


  • Art Deco Masonic Hotel
  • Emporium Eatery & Bar (Third Placed)
  • Gannet Beach Adventures
  • Hooters Vintage  & Classic Vehicle Hire
  • Kennedy Park Holiday Resort (Winner)
  • Laserforce
  • Odyssey NZ
  • St Georges Restaurant
  • The Crown Hotel
  • The National Aquarium of NZ (Second Placed)

Our Sponsors

Contact Ann Gregor for details on 06 280 5467 or email for further information.

The awards are organised in partnership with Hawke’s Bay Tourism and the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Association (HBTIA). 

We sincerely thank the following fabulous supporters of our Awards

EIT Hawke’s Bay
Central Linen Service – Hastings District Council –  Napier City Council
Hawke’s Bay Today – The Hits/Radio Network – East Pier Hotel – Intense Sound & Lighting –
Indelible Film & Video Marketing
The Flower Studio – Elephant Hill  Estate & Winery- Crossroads Winery – Esk Valley Estate – Black Barn Vineyards – Mission Estate – Trinity Hill – Sileni, Estates – Clearview Estate Winery.