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About Nova

Nobody expects you to trawl through hundreds of car hire suppliers to find the best rate - especially when Nova Car Hire can do it for you in an instant. Simply enter your choice of dates and location, and we will immediately quote you the most competitive rate from our network of car rental suppliers worldwide.

Years of expertise in the online car rental market and a customer base exceeding 1.5 million mean we can negotiate the kind of rates you could never secure on your own. And once you’re happy with your quote, you can book online there and then. We won’t make you fill out pages of forms or follow any complicated procedures. It’s as easy as car hire should be.

About Hawke’s Bay Airport

Hawke's Bay Airport is the main commercial airport for Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It operates domestic flights to the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as to smaller towns including Gisborne, Tauranga, Hamilton and Palmerston North. Sometimes known as Napier Airport, it is located 10 minutes drive from Napier, in the suburb of Westshore.

A Mini Travel Guide To Hawke's Bay

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Spent a month in NZ and I decided to rent a car instead of relying on public transport and my friends. I booked a small car because I didn't want to pay a high price for a mid-size car. Opted for a Skoda Fabia over another car because it was about £250 cheaper. A bargain.

Brian Tompkins, Aug-2012

Easy pickup at our New Zealand location. The price of the car was very reasonable.

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Friendly service and car rental at a great price. We had no hassle with our pick up at the Airport.

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Great rates for car hire and insurance. Found your staff very helpful. Will be returning to book again for our next holiday.

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A Mini Travel Guide To Hawke's Bay

Hi! My name is Joanna and I'm the Head of Car Hire at Nova. I love travelling, dogs, classical music, reading, and making sure all our customers have the best car rental experience!

Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of North Island in New Zealand is best known for the wines it produces, but even if you’ve little or no interest in wine, there’s so much else here that Hawke’s Bay is well worth a visit if you’re in New Zealand.


Rebuilt in the Art Deco style in the 1930s after an earthquake, Hawke’s Bay is also where the biggest celebration of the Maori New Year, Matariki, occurs. This happens in June and if you can time your visit to coincide with the celebrations, you’re in for quite an experience, with three days of music, song, dance, and food. Hawke’s Bay offers a wealth of sacred Maori sites. Hakikino, at Waimarama beach, is a 15th-century archaeological site with organised tours where you can find out more about Maori history and traditions.

An adventure through the wilderness

The Hawke’s Bay area is also ideal for walking and other activities. Ruahine Forest Park offers facilities for fishing, skiing, hunting, canoeing, and mountain biking. Of the many trekking trails, Sunrise Track is one of the most popular, offering superb views across the Hawke’s Bay plains. The Kaweka Conservation Park is another area of wilderness for those who want to get away from it all. A network of huts and bivouacs provided by the Department of Conservation is available to campers.

As its name suggests, Hawke’s Bay offers plenty of coastline and beaches to explore. The same climate that makes such great wine is also perfect for sunbathing during the summer months.


Napier is the Art Deco capital of the Hawke’s Bay area and fans of the style should visit in February or July for one of the festivals celebrating its Art Deco roots. Daily tours of the town are organised all-year round, however, with Marine Parade being one of the highlights. Attractions here include the National Aquarium of New Zealand, the only place in New Zealand where the brave (or foolhardy) can swim with sharks. Other highlights include Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery, the Ocean Spa Complex, the Pania of the Reef statue, and the Tom Parker Fountain. If you’re lucky you might even catch a live act at the Napier Sound Shell venue.

Wining and dining

The Hawke’s Bay region is a mecca for wine lovers, and its visitor information centres offer all the information you need for the various tours and tastings. Many wineries have restaurants and food events and some tours incorporate routes that allow you to experience much of the captivating scenery the area has to offer.

A golfer’s paradise

Hawke’s Bay is home to no fewer than five professional golf courses, mostly situated in and around the vineyards and wineries, so after a round or two on your favourite course, you can finish off the evening with a glass of wine or a meal. Cape Kidnappers golf course is thought to be one of the best in the world, although green fees tend to be lower at Cape Turnagain or Crownthorpe.