There are two words that best
describe Hawke’s Bay and they are Wine Country - but there is much more than wine to
this sunny region.
Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions
and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines –
cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites.The
region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place
for bicycle wine tours.
Hawke's Bay is New Zealand’s Art Deco centre, rebuilt in
the 1930’s after a huge earthquake. It hosts the country’s most elaborate celebrations
of Matariki – the Māori New Year. It’s a place where you can shop at the farmers' market
for locally grown delicacies, indulge in artisan gourmet food, and join the lunchers at
Napier’s Great Long Lunch. And it’s a place where you can walk the forest trails of the
Ruahine and Kaweka Forest Parks, visit the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony or relax on the
glorious beaches that stretch along the coast.
Hawke's Bay offers every kind
of accommodation, from exclusive lodges and self-contained cottages to hotels, motels,
camping grounds, bed & breakfasts and homestays. Some wineries have room for guests,
providing the perfect setting for a romantic stay.