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Hawke's Bay vineyards, New Zealand

Napier & Hawke's Bay

Fine wines & Art Deco delights

New Zealand tailor-made holidays


Hawke's Bay is well-known for its rolling pastures and fertile vineyards, and you could easily spend your entire New Zealand holiday enjoying the attractions of this one region alone. Dotted among the endless verdure, you'll find historic wine estates, pretty farms and Napier's Art Deco delights, while the coast serves up golden bays and plenty of sunshine.


In some respects, Napier is lost somewhere in the 1930s. Situated in the southwest corner of Hawke's Bay, its appearance has been shaped in part by the devastating earthquake, which levelled the town in 1931. After the disaster, the town was redeveloped in finest Art Deco style, and many of these buildings still survive today. With a pleasantly warm climate, the area is also home to New Zealand's oldest wineries, including the Mission Estate, which was founded in 1858 by French Catholic missionaries, who made the most of the ideal grape-growing conditions.

Hastings & Havelock North

The largest settlement in the Hawke's Bay area, and one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand, Hastings is sheltered by mountains to the west that gently slope towards fertile plains. There's plenty to do, including extensive wine tours and art trails. Like Napier, Hastings is home to a number of prominent Art Deco buildings, with the Westerman's Building and the city's clock tower among the best examples. There are also some fascinating suburbs to explore, not least Havelock North. Nestled on the slopes of Te Mata Peak. among vineyards, orchards and farmland, this charming township offers views over towards Hastings, Napier and several mountain peaks. The wineries are a popular stop-off point, set in beautiful Te Mata Park, while the area is also known for its honey farms. Be sure to enjoy a tasting, and pick up a couple of jars of manuka honey, before setting off on your next adventure.


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Top itineraries in Napier & Hawke's Bay

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand.

Best of New Zealand's North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,150 pp incl. flights

Between stunning volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical beaches and world-class wineries, this fly-drive holiday showcases the best of New Zealand's North Island.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,790 pp incl. flights

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Maui Ultima Elite

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £4,685 pp incl. flights

With its spectacular driving routes linking gorgeous coastlines and vast national parks, and plenty of gorgeous locations to pull up and park, find out why New Zealand is tailor-made for a motorhome holiday.

Mountain picnic, Queenstown, New Zealand

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £8,445 pp incl. flights

With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

Top places to stay in Napier & Hawke's Bay

Coastal views at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay

Small & intimate lodge

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is set amid 6,000 acres of rolling countryside in New Zealand's picturesque Hawke's Bay, one of the country's most important wine producing regions.

The Manse river view suite, New Zealand

The Manse, Hawke’s Bay

Small & intimate b&b

Set on a gentleman's farm, you’ll enjoy elevated views out over Hawke’s Bay and oh-so locally-sourced cuisine, complemented by pre-dinner drinks, canapés and a veritable cigar and whisky library.

Breckenridge Lodge dining room, New Zealand

Breckenridge Lodge, Hawke’s Bay

Small & intimate lodge

Overlooking a verdant vineyard, this boutique property showcases the best of the region’s viticulture and cuisine

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