Welcome to Hawke's Bay
On Show

The quintessential A&P Show!

Animals of all shapes and sizes, strong livestock competition, wood choppers, fencing, world class shearing – Hawke’s Bay on Show is a true celebration of Hawke’s Bay rural life coming to town!

Hawke’s Bay on Show is just that – a showtime atmosphere showcasing Hawke’s Bay, celebrating the beautiful products our region produces, wine, produce, as well as our people.

The Annual Spring Show is steeped in history and will take you on a journey through rural Hawke’s Bay life.

Taking up most of the 100 acres at Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay, Hawke’s Bay on Show includes feature pavilions, more than 200 trade displays, Mahons Amusements and sideshows, livestock and equestrian competition, classic A&P displays including wood choppers, home industries pavilion, Animal World and vintage machinery as well as plenty of classic rural hospitality. 

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.

Coming to this year's Hawke's Bay Show?

Click here to see our Programme for the Show
Click here for our Show Map and Exhibitor Listing
Check out our Visitor Information page for all the essential info

Any other questions, please contact Anna Hamilton, Events Manager


Visitor Information

Hawke’s Bay on Show is special, 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   

Tickets are available for purchase before the Show from i-site in Hastings from 1st October as well as from Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay office until Tuesday 21 October at 5pm. 

Contact us for more details about Wednesday tickets for School's Day.  

times and dates

Wednesday 22 October 2014 8.30am - 5pm
Thursday 23 October 2014 8.30am - 5pm
Friday 24 October 2014 8.30am - 5pm


Please note this schedule is subject to change. 

Visitor Maps & Parking

Please note this map is subject to change. 

  • 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 and in the Waikoko Gardens. 

    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 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. 

    If you're after a quiet drink and a bit of time out, the Public Bar is located in front of the Grandstand. Enjoy a cold beer and watch the action in the Main Arena. 

    For competitors and trades exhibitors on site early, some food vendors are open with coffee and breakfast available. 

  • 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 Events

    This year we host the Royal event in Beef Cattle sponsored by AFFCO and the Royal Event in Sheep sponsored by Merial Ancare and Vet Services Hawke's Bay. 

    Competition for Royal ribbons takes place on Thursday with All Breeds classes on Friday. 

    The popular Meat and Wool Cup class takes place on Thursday at 3pm in the Cattle Arena. 
  • 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. 

    Quickly find your accommodation on Trivago. You can also compare reviews and proximity to the Show directly on the Hawke's Bay on Show Trivago page. 

  • Lost property

    Please visit or contact the Hawke's Bay A&P Society office upstairs in the Grandstand 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 - 60 indoor trade sites selling everything from balloons, to health products and kitchen utensils. 

    Chelsea Garden - a series of home and lifestyle products

    Bay Lifestyle Courtyard - new this year and pretty special, the Bay Lifestyle Courtyard will be filled with high end products. Beautiful jewellery, clothing, cookware, Hawke's Bay wine and food. 

    Gasoline Alley - for the petrolheads, Gasoline Alley features a number of car dealerships, clothing, hunting and fishing style products and boys' toys. 

    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. 

    Natural Fibre Hub and Agribusiness Hub - wander under the Grandstand and you'll find two separate spaces with professional services with a rural focus. The Natural Fibre Hub includes our Fleece competition and display as well as a range of businesses with a natural fibre focus. 



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.

If you are competing at this year's Hawke's Bay Show we look forward to having you on site. You should have received your competition information in the mail already. 

Breakfast will be available to purchase on site in two locations, in the Main Food Court and towards the Beehive. Great for competitors and trades exhibitors needing some fuel to start the day!


Available here to download, if you would like a hard copy these will be available from the Info Kiosk or our Show office to collect. 




To enter, please find entry details and conditions within the Schedule of Classes below. Entry closing date details, prize money and stabling details are listed in each Schedule and are specific to each section of the Show.


A full schedule of classes for each Section of Hawke’s Bay on Show is available here:


Alpaca Schedule
Alpaca Breed Entry form 
Alpaca Fleece Entry form 


Beef Cattle Schedule
Entry form

Dog Trials

Dog Trial Schedule
Entry form 


Equestrian Schedule
Entry form
nline entry is available at

Fleece Wool

Fleece Wool Schedule
Entry form 

Home Industries

Schedule Home Industires
Entry form


Poultry Schedule
Entry Form 


Sheep Schedule
Entry Form 

Schools Competition

School's Agri-Tri - 10.30am - 2pm
A fun event held on Wednesday of the Show. Rural themed course with three events and several age group races. Click here for more info

Schools Information Pack
Schools visit

Entry form 

Lamb & Calf entry form

Design, Make and Model Fashion Competition

Design Make and Model Schedule
Entry form 

Contact us for previous Show results.
Contact us for a hard copy version of the Class schedule and entry form


Got a four legged friend who is keen to race in our Terrier Race. Great prizes and good fun!
Enter here


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!

Click Here  For a Full list of Exhibitors for our 2014 show
CLICK HERE  For the Health & Safety form

This year's Show is gearing up to be a great one, with more than 230 trade sites there's plenty to see and do, and plenty of selection for the thousands who will come through the gates over three days. 

If you are exhibiting at the Show this year, please ensure you have read the information pack you have been sent, and the aove Trade Info Booklet. 

Breakfast will be available to purchase on site in two locations, in the Main Food Court and towards the Beehive. Great for competitors and trades exhibitors needing some fuel to start the day!

Exhibiting at Hawke's Bay on Show

In 2013 we hosted just over 250 Trade sites and more than $140,000 was withdrawn from ATMs on site. Be a part of the vibrant atmosphere and get your share of the action. 

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

Under Grandstand - Indoor Rural and Business Precinct for the more corporate exhibitor

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

Bay Lifestyle Courtyard – our premium strip marquee spaces for top end products and services encompassing clothing, food products and homewares

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

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

Click here to download our full Hawke's Bay Show Trade pack

Please complete the Trade Application form with details of your company name, products and services for sale, previous Hawke’s Bay on Show site locations and size required.

Our dedicated team will be in touch with you once we receive your completed form, to allocate a site and ensure your time at Hawke’s Bay on Show is a great success!

Click here to see our Show Trades Map
Exhibition Hall - 'The Mall'
Under Grandstand layout
Marquee Layouts - please contact Di Roadley, Trades Executive for the map
Food Court
Terms and conditions

For more information please contact us



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

Di Roadley
Trades Executive
06 878 3123 extn 703

Maria Christie
Entries Secretary
06 878 3123 extn 703


Maria Gourlie 06 874 3165

Sue Thomas 06 835 0444

Nick Sullivan 06 856 8585

Sam Russell 0274 954 127

Sarah Busby 06 874 8086

Geoff Burton 06 870 0718

Dog Trials
Bob Bruce 06 857 5132

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 Anna Hamilton, Events Manager. 

Register for more information about Hawke’s Bay on Show




Hawke’s Bay on Show has a family of dedicated sponsors, some which have been with the Show for a great 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.  

Special thanks to our major sponsors




See our full list of wonderful Hawke's Bay Show Sponsors


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