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In 2017 the Hawke's Bay A&P Society will host the New Zealand Royal A&P Show at Hawke's Bay on Show, the third Royal Show of our tenure.

The Premier Agricultural Show in New Zealand will bring competitors from all over New Zealand to compete for the coveted tri colour ribbon. 

We have some very exciting changes in store for our 2017 Show!

The Show will be open to the public Thursday and Friday only, not Wednesday but will stay open late on Thursday night for our special 'Showtime Spectacular' event. The whole Show will be open till 8.30pm with food stalls and shopping while Mahons' Amusements 'Moonlight Madness' carnival fun will run until 10.00pm. 

The Show is a great family event, bringing together animals, showcasing our rural industries, alongside hundreds of shopping sites, food stalls and loads of free entertainment. 

We are making a lot of changes this year to add a range of new entertainment areas, changes to the layout and adding all the fun of the 'Showtime Spectacular' Thursday night Show, you're in for a treat!

A sample of our 2017 full programme is here to download. 


When it comes to choosing a place to stay, Hawke's Bay has all the options covered. 
From secluded five star lodges that you can helicopter into for total privacy, to the rustic simplicity of a shady campsite overlooking a peaceful stream. 

For more information, the team at the Hastings and Napier i-site Visitor Centres can assist you with your accommodation enquiries. Use the freephone 0800 HASTINGS (0800 42 78 46) or 0800 VISIT US (0800 84 74 88) for Napier. Email or or complete the form on their websites. 


For regular updates on the 2017 Royal A&P Show including competition schedules and entry information, join our Royal A&P Show Mailing List

Any other questions, please contact our Royal Show team


Exhibitor Information

TRADE SITES at 2017 royal show 

Major changes are afoot for the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Show which will see one of Hawke’s Bay’s biggest events move to a two day public Show open Thursday and Friday only, and the addition of an exciting Thursday night ‘Showtime Spectacular’ event. The Show will extend into the night on Thursday, staying open until 10pm. 

2017 Show hours will be: 
Thursday 19 October 8.30am – 8.30pm
Friday 20 October 8.30am – 5pm

We have done a lot of research into demographics, event trends and the changing expectations of our community about how they want to spend their spare time and socialise with family and friends. This has led to a major restructure of the traditional Hawke’s Bay Show. 

The Show also falls on the first long weekend since June, and for many that means packing the car and heading away. That combined with the Show being held midweek and during the day, can be very hard for a family who are working and at School to find time to attend. So we had to take all of these factors into account. 

We believe these changes are very positive for the Show. We are aiming to attract the same, if not more people to the Show days, condensing the entertainment, shopping and activity into two days instead of three. 

The ‘Showtime Spectacular’ night event will attract a new audience altogether who may not have traditionally attended the Show during the day. We have a clear marketing plan in place to attract these visitors, to ensure you have a great experience as trade exhibitors. 

The ‘Showtime Spectacular’ event will run until 8.30pm Thursday night with the full Show remaining open including trade stalls and food while Mahons Amusements’ “Moonlight Madness” Sideshow area will be awash with flashing lights and late night Carnival fun until 10.00pm

There will be special events and entertainment of a rural theme in the Main Arena including entertainers, live music and A&P theatrics so Show visitors can sit in the Grandstand and enjoy the fun. 


Please feel free to contact Mell Anderson, Trades Executive for the Hawke's Bay Show or phone 06 878 3123 (703)

We have a wide range of sites available, whether you would like an outdoor site to set up your own branded marquee, a site within an outdoor pre-erected strip marquee or inside our feature pavilions.

The layout creates a great flow around the Showgrounds with market style avenues. Sites are zoned in relation to your business or type of products you are selling, making it easy for people to find you.  

We are committed to finding a space and location to suit your business so talk to our team about the possibilities.

Feature areas include:

The Mall – Indoor Exhibition space specifically aimed at home and lifestyle products. Please click here for the 2017 Mall map. 

Agribusiness Pavilion - Indoor Rural and Business strip marquee located in a prime rural trades location for the more corporate rural exhibitor.

Rural Trades Precinct – Outdoor areas for rural minded business – tractors, mowers, farm machinery and rural equipment

Bay Lifestyle – our premium marquee for high end products and services from exclusive clothing, food products and homewares to wine and Hawke's Bay produce. 

Lifestyle – Outdoor Marquee spaces selling anything from vehicles to furniture, clothing and lifestyle products.

Carnival – A precinct showcasing the fun trinkets and goodies you’d expect to find at an A&P Show. 


Please note this year we are allocating tickets based on your site size. If you require more than the allocated amount of tickets please contact Mell Anderson. 

Indoor site or 5x5m outdoor    3 x 2 two day passes or 6 x one day passes
Outdoor 10x10m or 10x15m    4 x 2 two day passes or 8 x one day passes
Outdoor 20x20m and over       6 x 2 two day passes or 12 x one day passes


Visitor Information

The Royal A&P Show is the premier Agricultural Show in New Zealand the Royal A&P Show in Hawke's Bay will have more animals, more competition arenas but all your favourite features including quality shopping, Animal World, and Mahons Amusements.

Come along with your family and friends and enjoy the incredible amount to see and do – a great value for money event for the whole family.


Head along and follow our Hawke's Bay Show Facebook page for the latest updates, photos and news on the Show. This is where we will update all the exciting new additions to our 2017 Show programme and list the 'Showtime Spectacular' programme of events as its confirmed.


  • Family Pass $35 
    (Provides gate entry for 2 Adults, 3 Children aged 5-13years)
  • Adults $16
  • Child (5-13yrs) $10
  • Student (under 19yrs with valid ID) $10 
  • Senior Citizens $10
  • Children under 5 are free  
  • Presale Show tickets are available now from Hastings and Napier i-sites.  

2017 ROYAL SHOW dates

Thursday 19 October 8.30am - 10pm
*The full Show will be open all day from 8.30am until 8.30pm, with the Showtime Spectacular special event based in our Main Arena will run from 6pm - 8.30pm. Mahons' Amusements 'Moonlight Madness' carnival fun will remain open until 10.00pm* 
Friday 20 October 8.30am - 5pm

2017 WHAT'S ON Programme

Click here for our 2017 Show Programme - a sample of what's on offer each year at the Show. 


  • Essential Information

    Public Entry into the Show is via:

    Gate 3 off Kenilworth Road
    Gate 5 off Karamu Road
    Gate 12 off Elwood Road - Friday only

    All gates open at 8.30am, there is no entry after 8pm Thursday or 4pm Friday.


    There are several bathroom facilities available around the Show, in Showgrounds permanent facilities or temporary facilities. 

    Disabled toilets are located in the toilet block behind our Grandstand or by the Exhibition Hall.

    Baby changing facilities are available in the YMCA tent beside the Exhibition Hall. 

    Lost Children 

    Please direct your children to use the YMCA tent beside the Exhibition Hall if they are lost. Our Show MC will make public announcements when they have lost children in the tent. 

  • Parking

    There are plenty of free public car parks available at the Show. 
    The Main Public Car Parks are located off Bennett Road (Friday Only) or Kenilworth Road.

    Member's Car Parking is available off Karamu Road.

    Disability Car Park is located off Kenilworth Road, by Gate 3. 

    The Trades Car Park is off Kenilworth Road Gate 1

    Equestrian Competitors, entry off Elwood Road, Gate C and D. 

    Stock competitors, entry off Elwood Road, Gate 13. 


    We have the ANZ EFTPOS container located at the Show behind the Grandstand. The container has three ATM machines so there’s plenty of opportunity to get some cash to enjoy the Show.

    All public entry gates have EFTPOS. 

  • Food and Drink

    The main Show Food Court is located right behind the Grandstand, with two seating areas either under the trees or overlooking the Hastings City Community Stage. There is an amazing selection – from burgers and wraps, to Asian, café style and fresh seafood.

    Sweet treats, ice cream and coffee carts are also located in various other positions around the Showgrounds. 

    You are more than welcome to bring along a picnic to enjoy with your family inside the Show or in the car park. 

    No alcohol is permitted to be brought into the Show. 

  • Royal Show Features

    This year as a Royal Show we have more competitions including Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats, Pigs on top of the usual Beef Cattle, Alpaca, Dog Trials, Home Industries, Shearing, Sheep and Fleece Wool competitions. 

    Three days of Equestrian competition will be held across nearly ten arenas. 

    We welcome you to take a look around all of our competition areas and really get a feel for rural life in New Zealand. Its not often you get the opportunity to get up close to so many wonderful (and very large!!) animals. 
  • Travel and Accommodation

    Free Car Parking – There is plenty of free car parking available at the Hawke’s Bay Show. Main public car parks are the Elwood Road car park, located off Bennett Road (Friday Only) or Kenilworth Road or Karamu Road, off our main Showgrounds drive, Gate B.

    Disability Car Parking – our Disability Car Park is located off Kenilworth Road, Gate A. 

    Accommodation - There are plenty of motels located in close proximity to the Showgrounds on Karamu Road. 

    We recommend the Deco City Motor Lodge in Napier and Amici Motel in Hastings. 

    Head to the Visit Hastings or Visit Napier website for more information. 

  • Lost property

    Please visit our Show office, level 2 of the Grandstand during the Show if you lose items while at the Show. 
  • Shopping

    We have more than 220 Trade sites at this year's Hawke's Bay Show so there really is something for everyone. We have a range of areas depending on what you want to look at. 

    The Mall - indoor trade sites selling everything from balloons, to health products and kitchen utensils. 

    Bay Lifestyle -  the Bay Lifestyle marquee will be filled with high end products and services. 

    Lifestyle - the centre area of our Trades is filled with all sorts of goodies - clothing, jewellery, accessories, home and lifestyle products. There's plenty to see. 

    Rural Trades - The biggest rural trades area we've had in years. Stock trucks, farming equipment, tractors, chainsaws, vehicles, and plenty of agricultural minded products and services. 

    Agribusiness Hub - A marquee with a range professional services with a rural focus. The biggest ever indoor Agribusiness Pavilion. 

    Taste Hawke's Bay Pavilion - the new and much improved Taste Hawke's Bay Pavilion is located under the Grandstand and will include our  Hawke's Bay mini Market and demonstration kitchen.



The strength of a true A&P Show is its’ competition. Hawke's Bay A&P Society is delighted to host the New Zealand Royal Show in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Royal Shows bring more entries, stronger compeition, top quality judges and it is a true showcase of rural New Zealand. 


Equestrian Results

General Results

"Best of Bay" Beef Competition

Export Lamb Results

Wool Section Results




The 2016 Royal A&P Show has a family of dedicated sponsors, some which have been with the Hawke's Bay Show for a number of years. They continue to support the Show each year in various ways and the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society is incredibly grateful for that support.  We are delighted to also welcome a number of new sponsors to the family for the Royal Show. 

Strategic Partners










The success of Hawke’s Bay on Show over the last 150 years is due to the people. We have a large group of Members and friends of the Society who assist our core staff each year to deliver a top quality experience for our competitors and visitors.

Below are details for the various contacts across Hawke’s Bay on Show, who are only too happy to assist you.

Brent Linn
General Manager
06 878 3123 extn 704
021 868 643


Maria Gourlie 06 874 3165

Sue Thomas 06 835 0444

Sarah Busby 06 874 8086

Beef Cattle
Rob Pattullo 0274 962 720

Dairy Cattle
Graham Thomas 0274 968 174

Dairy Goats
Carol Harrington 06 839 5848

Dog Trials
David Evans 06 839 8889

HandMADE Community (formerly Home Industries)
Maree Buscke 021 899 396

Paul Peck 027 483 1477

Geoff Burton 06 870 0718

Colin Watson Paul 06 879 5553

Nick Sullivan 06 856 8585

Simon Averill 027 684 0049

Paul van Beers 06 855 5575

Horse Measuring
Doug Guild 022 353 7577

Volunteering at Hawke’s Bay on Show

If you are interested in volunteering at the Hawke's Bay A&P Show please contact our Royal Show team. 

Register for more information about Hawke’s Bay on Show



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key dates

2017 Royal Show
19 & 20 October 2017

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