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.

2015 Royal Show

In 2015 the Hawke's Bay A&P Society will host the New Zealand Royal A&P Show at Hawke's Bay on Show in October. 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 2015 Royal A&P Show including competition schedules and entry information, join our Royal A&P Show Mailing List

Any other questions, please contact Anna Hamilton, Events Manager


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 2015 royal show 

Trade Packs and a 2015 Royal Show Map are available now. Click here to download:

2015 Royal A&P Show Trade Pack
2015 Royal A&P Show Trade Map

You can fill out your Trade Application Form online here 
Trade Site Application Form.

In 2014 we hosted just over 230 Trade sites and nearly $140,000 was withdrawn from ATMs on site.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

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 Marquee – 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.

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



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. 


2015 EQUESTRIAN schedule of classes
2015 general schedule of classes


You can also enter online via - online entry will be available from the end of July. 

Alpaca Entry Form (Breed and Fleece)
Beef Cattle Entry Form
Dairy Cattle Entry Form
Dairy Goats Entry Form
Dog Trials Entry Form
Equestrian Entry Form
Home Industries Entry Form
Pig Entry Form
Poultry Entry Form
Sheep and Fleece Entry Form
Prime Lamb Hook and Hoof Competition Entry Form
Shearing and Woolhandling Entry Form

Download individual Competition Sections here

Alpaca Schedule (Breed and Fleece)
Beef Cattle Schedule 
Dairy Cattle Schedule
Dairy Goats Schedule
Dog Trials Schedule 
Home Industries Schedule
Pig Schedule
Poultry Schedule
Sheep and Fleece, Shearing and Woolhandling Schedule
Showjumping Schedule 

Pryde's Two Bay Jumping Challenge - $10,000 prize pool is up for grabs for Showjumping competitors who attend Poverty Bay A&P Show (October 16 and 17) and the Royal Show at Hastings (October 21 - 23). 
Click here for details


school's competitions

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

how to enter

Our 2015 Royal Show schedules and entry forms are listed above. Within each Schedule you will find relevant information on classes, entry fees and prize money. 

Entry closing dates vary across the sections, so please check the schedule carefully.
Most entries close on Friday 18 September 2015

Late entries will be accepted depending on the section but please note, late entries will not show in the catalogue. 


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.  

2015 ROYAL SHOW dates

Wednesday 21 October 2015
Thursday 22 October 2015
Friday 23 October 2015

2014 Programme

Please note this schedule is subject to change. 

2014 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 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

Di Roadley
Trades Executive
06 878 3123 extn 703

Jo Dee
Entries Secretary
06 878 3123 extn 707


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 Anna Hamilton, Events Manager. 

Register for more information about Hawke’s Bay on Show



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key dates

Show Dates
2015 Royal Show

21, 22, 23 October 2015