Easy getaway, the ultimate break in Hawke’s Bay, food and wine country
New Zealand’s food and wine country offers the ultimate recharge before the crazy season.
As the days get warmer and the nights get longer, a weekend getaway to Hawke’s Bay has never been so appealing.
With 18 daily direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and easy travel time from much of the North Island, New Zealand’s food and wine country offers the ultimate recharge before the crazy season.
But with so much to see, do, experience and eat, how do you get the most out of a long weekend in Hawke’s Bay?
Arrive in Hawke’s Bay as soon as the boss permits on Friday – you won’t regret it – and settle into your accommodation. Our choice for the first night would be one of Napier’s quality hotel providers including Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Swiss Belboutique and The Crown.
Head to MTG Hawke’s Bay to learn about the area’s history, before strolling to Teresa, the speakeasy that’s already garnering national attention with its theatrical cocktails.
After that it’s off to dinner and whether you’re looking for hat restaurants, bistro restaurants or cheap and cheerful eateries, Napier definitely delivers!
Early risers will love strolling along Marine Parade to watch the sunrise over Cape Kidnappers, before grabbing a coffee at one of the local coffee roasters downtown.
An Art Deco tour – by vintage car or on foot – is a must. Learn the fascinating story of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake and the resulting Art Deco architecture that makes Napier a world-renowned heritage district.
Then hop on a bike and ride out of town. The Hawke’s Bay Trails are over 200 km of undulating limestone trails that criss-cross the entire region.
It is the best way to taste the gastronomy and the wine of the country. Whether you stop at a fromagerie, strawberry stand, or award-winning winery, you’ll be greeted by friendly provenores selling delicious produce straight from the source.
Head to Hastings Revitalized CBD for dinner. Whether you choose the new restaurants Craft & Social and Cellar 495, the hearty dishes of Sazio or the relaxed atmosphere of Brave Brewing, you will be delighted.
End day two at your choice of luxury retreat. Stay above the cliffs at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, among the vineyards at Black Barn Retreats or Craggy Range, or in the countryside at Lawn Road Retreat, whatever you choose, you’ll get a spectacular night’s sleep.
Start your day like the locals do by visiting the Hawke’s Bay Farmer’s Market. There’s nothing quite like buying directly from the producer, and these markets are full of artisan products that make perfect take-home gifts for friends and family.
End your weekend with a shopping spree in Havelock North. The Village, as it’s affectionately known, is a hub of shopping and delicious dining, and is the perfect end to your Hawke’s Bay getaway.
For more Hawke’s Bay inspiration, check out: www.hawkesbaynz.com/itineraries.