Travelling with a furry companion? If a dog could design the perfect holiday destination, it might just be Hastings, New Zealand. Luckily, the region’s long mountain walks, sun-soaked beaches and top-notch restaurants are human-friendly too, and you can all enjoy some creature comforts at one of these pet-friendly hotels in Hastings – bookable on Culture Trip.
These pet-friendly apartments on the outskirts of Havelock North have plenty of room for a pet or two, with studios and one- and two-bedroom options – just let your hosts know you’re bringing them in advance. Wander 2km (1mi) into town for buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup at Maina, or walk east to find cellar doors aplenty and lots of green space for four-legged companions to roam. Round off the day with a poolside barbecue.
If you want to reconnect with nature, Mangarara Eco Lodge is the place to do it. This self-contained lodge sits among 600ha (1,483 acres) of native forest and farmland, 45km (28mi) south of Hastings. The lakeside lodge has five bedrooms – sleeping up to 17 – and room for pets, if you let hosts Greg and Rachel know in advance. Tour the farm, meeting pigs, cows and chickens. Kayak by day, stargaze with a barbecue by night and feel the stress-busting powers of Mother Nature.
Equidistant from Hastings, Havelock North and Napier, these six self-contained, dog-friendly cottages are named after local flowers and plants. They’re also mere moments from a pretty pebble beach. Hosts Janie and Craig have every little detail covered – from a super well-stocked kitchen to complimentary mozzie spray. On Sundays, pay a visit to Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market – it’s one of the best in New Zealand.
These good-value studios and family apartments are just off the state highway. You’ll have use of a barbecue, a swimming pool and a kids’ playground, and pets are welcome if you can trust them to steer clear of the beds and curtains. Wondering how to fill an afternoon? Head into Napier to spot ocean-themed murals and art deco wonders, or tour the vineyards at Church Road and Mission Estate wineries – both are just a five-minute drive away.
Hosts John and Di describe their studios and two- and three-bedroom cottages as fur-baby friendly – and they certainly love animals, if the petting paddock filled with happy pigs, sheep and alpacas is anything to go by. There’s plenty of space to roam on this 4ha (10-acre) plot, and the cafes and wine bars of Havelock North are just a 20-minute walk away. Visit nearby Telegraph Hill Olives to sample some of the tastiest olive oil in New Zealand.
Jacuzzi baths, big beds and space for your critter – this family-run motel in Havelock North has all the essentials. Hip cafes and restaurants are a short walk from your studio. Book a table at Mary’s for fresh oysters and local wine – it’s run by the same folks behind Craggy Range, a vineyard that’s also worth a visit (and only 10 minutes away by car).
For some budget-friendly options, discover our guide on the top cheap hotels in Hastings and book now on Culture Trip.
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