Hastings Economy

With a welcoming Council, Hastings District is fast becoming the destination of choice for business investment. The Council recognises the importance of both domestic and international investment to secure the District’s prosperity and community well-being.

Hastings is a 60 minute flight to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington and a 70 minute flight to Auckland. Hastings is linked into global supply chains through the Port of Napier and maintains an inland port. Via road and rail networks, Hastings is connected to the northern and southern regions.

Key statistics

Businesses, 2020


GDP per capita, 2020

4.45 Billion
GDP, 2020

There is approximately 10,000 businesses operating in Hastings District, employing 49,000 people. The largest business sectors within the region are real-estate and property services, agriculture, construction and financial services.

Hastings is well known in New Zealand for being a major food producer and is the country’s largest exporters of apples and squash, and the country’s second largest exporter of wine. Hastings main export markets are China, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Hastings experienced 2% growth in 2020, which compared well with the national average of 1.6%. Professional, scientific and technical services was the largest contributor to growth in 2020, and will most likely continue in 2021.