Welcome to Hawke's Bay
On Show


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.

2016 full programme


Royal Show Map


When it comes to choosing a place to stay, the Hastings District 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 our Hastings i-site Visitor Centre can assist you with your accommodation enquiries. Use the freephone 0800 HASTINGS (0800 42 78 46) or email or complete the form on their website


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


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.


Head along and follow our Hawke's Bay Show Facebook page for the latest updates, photos and news on the Show. 

Click here for our 2016 Show map


  • 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.  

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

2016 WHAT'S ON Programme

Click here for our 2016 Show Programme.
This programme will be updated as events are confirmed. 

  • 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 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.

    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 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 will include our  Hawke's Bay mini Market on Thursday and Friday, and three day Demonstration kitchen featuring local talent and Brett McGregor, celebrity Chef. 


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. 



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. 


Please click below to see web versions of the 2016 Royal A&P Show Catalogues:

2016 General Catalogue

2016 Horse Catalogue


Please read the Stabling list carefully, locations are listed at the start of the document as to where your stables or yards are located. We have done our best to accomodate all of our competitors' requests, with the space we have available. We also have a much larger World Cup class this year so they need to be accommodated together. Thank you for your understanding. 

Please click here to download the 2016 Stabling Allocation

Click here for the Equestrian Show map 

The 2016 Royal A&P Show, Hawke's Bay competition schedules and entry forms are available below: 

2016 General Schedule of Classes

2016 Equestrian Schedule of Classes

Alpaca - Breed and Fleece Entry Form
Beef Cattle
Calf and Lamb Competition
Dairy Cattle
Dairy Goats
Dog Trials
HandMADE Community (formerly Home Industries)
Sheep and Fleece
Schools Competition
Terrier Race
Working Hunter Qualification Form

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


Do you have a pet chicken, duck or bantam you would like to bring along to the Hawke's Bay Show?
As part of School’s Day on Wednesday 19th October we have a fun new competition for children with pet birds. Birds will be judged on presentation and general health and wellbeing. The competition is open to all pet (tame) chickens, pigeons and ducks. Click here for more details. 

Learn from our expert breeders and show off your pet birds!

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 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. 





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

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

Show Dates
2016 Royal Show

19, 20, 21 October 2016