Wildlife – Gannets
Sited on the East Coast of New Zealand and the first to see the morning sun, Hawke’s Bay is recognised as one of the sunniest regions of New Zealand. The region is renowned for its award-winning wineries and fresh produce. Napier is New Zealand’s art deco capital and a Unesco World Heritage Cultural site.
The region’s abundant sunshine, combined with a warm dry climate, make it a year-round destination. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch or dinner at one of many winery restaurants or follow the Wine Trail to over 35 cellar doors to taste a selection of premium Hawke’s Bay wines. View the fabulous collection of Art Deco, Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission architecture in Napier city.
Visit the world’s largest mainland gannet colony on Cape Kidnappers.
Play golf at one of the many stunning golf courses around the bay. Cycle or walk the Hawke’s Bay Trails that connect Napier, Hastings and Havelock North.
Named after a legendary giant, Te Mata Peak offers spectacular 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Tukituki river valley and rolling hill country to the south and out to the mountain ranges beyond. Early risers can catch the sunrise and on a clear day view Mt Ruapehu.
Experience paragliding off Te Mata Peak, take a romantic hot air balloon flight over the bay, or simply fish for trout in the local rivers. Visit the many galleries throughout the region offering contemporary works.
Stay in luxury and enjoy fabulous cuisine at The Manse – a New Zealand Luxury Lodge. Set in the beautiful countryside near Havelock North overlooking the Gimblett Gravels wine region. Golf is a specialty here – play at Bridge Pa or Cape Kidnappers. Take a golf lesson with your host Gary – an experienced golf coach.