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In 2015 the Hawke's Bay A&P Society hosted the New Zealand Royal A&P Show at Hawke's Bay on Show and in October this year, we host the second 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. 

Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay will be filled with more animals than have been seen here for many years, with Alpaca, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Dog Trials, Equestrian, Fleece Wool, Pigs and Sheep as well as Shearing, Wood Chopping, Poultry and Home Industries. 

Alongside these competitions will be more than 240 trade displays, Animal World, Mahons Amusements and sideshows and plenty of homegrown entertainment. 

Each year we host around 30,000 over three days at what is touted as Hawke’s Bay’s largest gathering. It is the largest event held on Hawke’s Bay Anniversary Day.


For regular updates on the 2016 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

Hawke’s Bay on Show attracts a diverse audience to the Show each year, who enjoy walking amongst our market style avenues, taking in a wide variety of trade sites, indoor pavilions and the rural trades precinct. There is something for everyone!

TRADE SITES at 2016 royal show 

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

Agribusiness Pavilion - Indoor Rural and Business 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. 


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 hundreds of top quality shopping, MoreFM 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 family.



  • 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    

2016 ROYAL SHOW dates

Wednesday 19 October 2015, 8.30am - 5pm
Thursday 20 October 2015, 8.30am - 5pm
Friday 21 October 2015, 8.30am - 5pm

2015 WHAT'S ON Programme

Click here for our Royal Show Entertainment Schedule 

2015 Visitor Maps & Parking

Click here for our 2015 Royal A&P Show Map


Click here for our latest 2015 Royal Show Trade Exhibitor list

  • Essential Information

    Public Entry into the Show is via:

    Gate 3 off Kenilworth Road
    Gate 5 off Karamu Road
    Gate 12 off Elwood Road

    All gates open at 8.30am, there is no entry after 4pm and gates close at 5pm. 


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

    Baby changing facilities are available in the YMCA tent beside the Hastings City Community Stage. 

    Lost Children 

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

  • Parking

    There are plenty of public car parks available at the Show. 
    The Main Public Car Park is located off Bennett 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 at the northern end of 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.

    Orton Tailored Cuisine are setting up a great cafe and bar on site at the Royal Show, located in front of the Grandstand. This will be the ideal spot to stop off for a beautiful lunch, a quiet drink in the sun overlooking the Farmlands Premier Arena. 

    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. 

  • School's Programme

    We offer a great day out on Wednesday of the Show to School groups with plenty of demonstrations, educational info and entertainment. 

    Tickets are no charge for students, adult tickets are $5 per adult or teacher attending. For more information about registering your School please contact us for a School's Pack
  • 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.

    There is public car parking available on 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 website for more information. 

  • Lost property

    Please visit or contact the Farmlands Info Kiosk during the Show if you lose items while at the Show. 
  • Shopping

    We have hundreds of 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 - Big gear, farming equipment, forklifts, vehicles, and plenty of agricultural minded products and services. 

    Agribusiness Hub - A marquee with a range professional services with a rural focus. 

    Taste Hawke's Bay Pavilion - the new and much improved Taste Hawke's Bay Pavilion will include Food Hawke's Bay mini Market, three day Demonstration kitchen and trade sites with beautiful Hawke's Bay products, food and wine. 



The strength of a true A&P Show is its’ competition. Hawke’s Bay on Show is one of the largest A&P Shows in New Zealand and we are dedicated to providing a top quality competition experience in the beautiful surroundings of Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay.

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. 


The 2016 Royal A&P Show, in Hawke's Bay will feature the following competitions, competition schedules and entry forms will be available in July. 

Alpaca - Breed and Fleece
Beef Cattle
Dairy Cattle
Dairy Goats
Dog Trials
HandMADE Community (formerly Home Industries)
Junior Judging
Sheep and Fleece
Schools Competition
Young Handler classes

entry fee payments

Please feel free to direct credit your entry fees into our Hawke's Bay A&P Society bank account, using your Main Events reference number if you have entered online, or your surname as a reference. 

ANZ Hastings
Hawke's Bay A&P Society

school's competition

Hawke's Bay on Show is proud of its' connection to local Hawke's Bay Schools through our various School's competitions we have continued over the years. Below are three competitions which are fantastic for getting young people involved in the Show. 

School's visit - on Wednesday of the Show each year we welcome School's groups to attend the Show for an exciting, educational day out. Wednesday School's tickets are free for students, with one complimentary ticket for teachers (per 20 students). Click here to find out more. 

School's competition - including Art competition, Home Baking, Preserves, Sewing and Knitting
Calf and Lamb Competition - prizes for Best Handler, Best Fancy dress 
Design, Make and Model Fashion Competition - a creative competition for Hawke's Bay young designers



The 2015 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. 




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.

Anna Hamilton
Events Manager
06 878 3123 extn 704
021 244 0673


Maria Gourlie 06 874 3165

Sue Thomas 06 835 0444

Nick Sullivan 06 856 8585

Rob Pattullo 0274 962 720

Sarah Busby 06 874 8086

Geoff Burton 06 870 0718

Dog Trials
David Evans 06 839 8889

Home Industries
George Johnson 06 878 3384

Colin Watson Paul 06 879 5553

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

Show Dates
2016 Royal Show

19, 20, 21 October 2016