5. SIP AWARD-WINNING WINE
Often likened to Bordeaux in France, Hawke’s Bay is famed for its full-bodied red wines. Hire a bike and taste your way around some of the region’s 72 vineyards, including the award-winning Te Mata Estate Winery and Craggy Range. Stop for lunch at Church Road Winery or Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery.
4. TASTE ARTISAN FARE
Visit a local farmers’ market and stroll among the stalls of fresh fruit, vegetables, artisan bread, cheese and meats, before finding a shady spot to picnic. You’ll also find seasonal produce for sale by the roadside, often just with an honesty box for payment.
3. EXPLORE ART DECO ARCHITECTURE
When a devastating earthquake destroyed Napier in 1931, the city was rebuilt in the style of the times – Art Deco. Relive the opulent era of jazz, boaters and beads at the annual Art Deco Festival or take a guided tour of the spectacular architecture in a vintage car or by road train.
2. ATTEND THE FOOD AND WINE CLASSIC
Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Class (F.A.W.C) is a highlight in the Hawke’s Bay calendar. Twice a year, restaurants, cafes and pop-up venues get in on the action, promising delicious food, award-winning wine and great entertainment.
1. EXPLORE THE CYCLE TRAILS
Hawke’s Bay Trails combine more than 120 miles of tracks that are helpfully split into themes (water, landscapes and wineries). Visit all of Hawke’s Bay’s attractions by bike – cycle by the seaside, venture to the vineyards or explore the countryside. With flat, easy trails for all levels, it’s the best way to experience the stunning region.