With it’s long sunshine hours and warm summer nights, Hawke’s Bay’s temperate climate produces ripe fruit with balanced acidity. The area has a rich wine growing heritage—more than 150 years—and, today, more than 70% of New Zealand’s Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec are grown here.HB is the second largest wine growing area in NZ and represents 23% of the total NZ vineyard area.
There are a plethora of cellar doors open to visitors and loads of ways to visit them—by bike, by chauffeur driven limousine, a guided wine tour or self-drive. We would be happy to suggest an itinerary.
Hawke’s Bay is known at the fruit bowl of New Zealand—the fertile plains, high country pasture, abundant coastline and rivers accentuated by the Mediterranean climate help growers produce a huge variety of foods.You can visit Arataki Honey, Telegraph Hill Olives, Pernel Fruitworld, The Strawberry Patch, Rush Munro Ice Cream, Te Mata Mushrooms and Silky Oak Chocolates. There are around 85 producers on the Hawke’s Bay Food Trail. Both Napier (Saturday morning at Clive Square) and Hastings (Sunday morning at the Showgrounds) have superb Farmers' Markets - well worth a visit.
There are also many fantastic restaurants including Terrior at Craggy Range, Vidals, Mission Estate, Three Doors Up, Elephant Hill, Black Barn, Mint, Pacifica (Cuisine Restaurant of the Year), Mr D, Hunger Monger (a fish lover's paradise) and Bistronomy to name but a few. Plus some inviting bars - Monica Loves, Emporium, The Urban Winery and the strip of establishments at West Quay.
From mild to wild there is loads to do for the adventurous. Ballooning, helicopter safari, beach adventures or overland experiences. You can bike (the Region's cycle tracks are great for the family), cruise, drive or charter a fishing boat. You can jet boat, ski, row, kayak or just laze by the sea or a river.
There are 5 top class golf course to test your skills.
Waimarama and Ocean Beach are about 45 minutes to the South and Waipatiki is about 30 minutes north. All 3 are beautiful sandy beaches and are popular for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding.
Napier is famous for its Art Deco architecture built mostly in the 10 years following the devasting earthquake of 1931. Walking tours are available from the Art Deco Trust shop or the Visitors’ Centre. They leave at 2pm from the Art Deco Trust and 10am and 5.30pm (26 December—31 March) from the Visitors’ Centre. Bookings are advisable.
The predominant architecture in Hastings is Spanish although there is also a fair amount of Art Déco as well.