Hawke's Bay is the second largest wine growing district in New Zealand and home to the country’s oldest winery. It produces a range of medal-winning wines in the sunniest and warmest part of the country. As the top region in New Zealand for Bordeaux blends, Rhone style wines and Chardonnay, it has to offer some of the most superb winery restaurants. There is a unique 180km (110mi) of cycle trails connecting towns with wineries. When to go and for how long?  The best time to go is January to February for wine and architecture festivals, and late March to May for harvest time. A 4 night stay would give you a good overview of the regions...
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Hawke's Bay is the second largest wine growing district in New Zealand and home to the country’s oldest winery. It produces a range of medal-winning wines in the sunniest and warmest part of the country. As the top region in New Zealand for Bordeaux blends, Rhone style wines and Chardonnay, it has to offer some of the most superb winery restaurants. There is a unique 180km (110mi) of cycle trails connecting towns with wineries.

When to go and for how long? 

The best time to go is January to February for wine and architecture festivals, and late March to May for harvest time. A 4 night stay would give you a good overview of the regions’ strengths from a wine and food perspective. Wineries are open all year round but during winter (May to October) many have reduced working hours. The region is very busy during Christmas until late January and it is strongly recommended to book accommodation well in advance.

Where to go?

  • New Zealand’s wine growing is not controlled by appellation so different varieties are grown throughout the country’s regions and sub-regions. Hawke's Bay has one of the largest ranges of wine to offer. It has several sub-regions, its two most famous wine areas being Gimblett Gravels and Ngatarawa Triangle. These are famed for Bordeaux style and Rhone style red wines.
  • A vast range of other activities is also available to choose from, such as cycle trails, surf beaches, sailing, world class golf, fly fishing for trout in rivers and lakes, trips to wildlife reserves, visits to artisan food producers and cooking classes

Don’t miss!

  • Hawke's Bay Wine Festival from January to February
  • Take the challenge and explore some of the total of 180km (110mi) of cycle trails that connect towns to wineries
  • Visit the city of Napier during the Art Deco weekend held in February with the aim to show the ability of the region to overcome disaster and to celebrate success through its collection of 140 original Art Deco style buildings. Besides architecture, Napier is also famed for its restaurants and sea side cafes.
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