Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Dry country

Dry country

Droughts and dry spells are common in Hawke’s Bay and usually occur in late spring and summer, between October and March. The lowlands are generally worst affected but hill country can also become very dry. Paddocks of short, brown grass growing in dry soil, as here next to State Highway 5 near Te Hāroto in 2009, can often be seen throughout the region.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Landscape and climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015