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Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier

01 June 2015
Located on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay is an easy hour flight from Auckland, with connections to all major ports. As New Zealand's oldest and second biggest wine region, wine lovers will particularly enjoy the wide range of vineyards and red wines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah .There are plenty of activities on offer too, from scenic walks to beaches, culture, golf and water activities.

Beautiful Napier, located south of the Hawke's Bay, is another must do. Having suffered an earthquake in 1931, and been rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the time, Napier now has the highest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings in the world.

Here are our top recommendations for your time in the region:

Luxury Accommodation

As is the case throughout New Zealand, the region has some beautiful accommodation options, with our pick beingThe Farm at Cape Kidnappers for those looking for a relaxed luxury vibe in stunning surroundings. To experience Napier, why not try a night at the Art Deco Hotel Napier?

Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Art Deco Tour | Napier

See the full beauty of Napier by taking an Art Deco tour around the highlights of the City. The architecture is a beautiful combination of the Art Deco style popular in the 1930s and local Maori symbols and artwork. Make sure you visit the Pania statue on Marine Parade, which is a popular tourist landmark and New Zealand's answer to Copenhagen's statue of The Little Mermaid.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Wineries

No visit to Hawkes Bay would be complete without sampling some of the region's world renowned wines. With over 100 years of wine making history, and a similar climate to Bordeaux, the wines have been refined over generations. Grapes of note are Merlot, Cabernet Suavignon, Syrahs and complex Chardonnays. Enjoy the Wine Trail to take in some of more than 70 wineries located in the area. 
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Gannets!

As well as being home to a host of wildlife, Hawkes Bay boasts the world's largest gannet colony, located on the top of Cape Kidnappers cheer cliffs. Make a day trip of it, and visit the colony on a 4WD tour or by tractor ride along the beach, or better still take your own picnic set up to enjoy.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Cycling

The area has a huge variety of cycle routes, for all ages and abilities. Take in the stunning surroundings, and explore the region. Why not combine cycling and wine with a Winery Cycle Tour with a tour around the Gimblett Gravels area, know for its rich red wines?
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

You what? It's actually a place name... the world's longest in fact. The Maori name for a hill in the south of Hawkes Bay, roughly translated it means '
"The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one". Pay a visit to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu so you can lay claim to having visited the place with the world's longest name.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Watch the first sunrise

Enjoy one of life's simple pleasures and enjoy the sunrise. Hawkes Bay is on the first coast to see the sun each morning, you will literally be welcoming the day before the rest of the world.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier

Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier

31 May 2015
Located on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay is an easy hour flight from Auckland, with connections to all major ports. As New Zealand's oldest and second biggest wine region, wine lovers will particularly enjoy the wide range of vineyards and red wines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah .There are plenty of activities on offer too, from scenic walks to beaches, culture, golf and water activities.

Beautiful Napier, located south of the Hawke's Bay, is another must do. Having suffered an earthquake in 1931, and been rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the time, Napier now has the highest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings in the world.

Here are our top recommendations for your time in the region:

Luxury Accommodation

As is the case throughout New Zealand, the region has some beautiful accommodation options, with our pick beingThe Farm at Cape Kidnappers for those looking for a relaxed luxury vibe in stunning surroundings. To experience Napier, why not try a night at the Art Deco Hotel Napier?

Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Art Deco Tour | Napier

See the full beauty of Napier by taking an Art Deco tour around the highlights of the City. The architecture is a beautiful combination of the Art Deco style popular in the 1930s and local Maori symbols and artwork. Make sure you visit the Pania statue on Marine Parade, which is a popular tourist landmark and New Zealand's answer to Copenhagen's statue of The Little Mermaid.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Wineries

No visit to Hawkes Bay would be complete without sampling some of the region's world renowned wines. With over 100 years of wine making history, and a similar climate to Bordeaux, the wines have been refined over generations. Grapes of note are Merlot, Cabernet Suavignon, Syrahs and complex Chardonnays. Enjoy the Wine Trail to take in some of more than 70 wineries located in the area. 
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Gannets!

As well as being home to a host of wildlife, Hawkes Bay boasts the world's largest gannet colony, located on the top of Cape Kidnappers cheer cliffs. Make a day trip of it, and visit the colony on a 4WD tour or by tractor ride along the beach, or better still take your own picnic set up to enjoy.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Cycling

The area has a huge variety of cycle routes, for all ages and abilities. Take in the stunning surroundings, and explore the region. Why not combine cycling and wine with a Winery Cycle Tour with a tour around the Gimblett Gravels area, know for its rich red wines?
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

You what? It's actually a place name... the world's longest in fact. The Maori name for a hill in the south of Hawkes Bay, roughly translated it means '
"The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one". Pay a visit to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu so you can lay claim to having visited the place with the world's longest name.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Watch the first sunrise

Enjoy one of life's simple pleasures and enjoy the sunrise. Hawkes Bay is on the first coast to see the sun each morning, you will literally be welcoming the day before the rest of the world.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier

Sports a plenty in Autumn and Winter

30 May 2015
We're a passionate bunch us Kiwis when it comes to sport, and with Winter nearly here there is a plethora of sporting events in the calendar. No visit to New Zealand would be complete without watching the mighty All Blacks playing on home soil, so get to a game! With the 2015 Rugby World Cup not far away, the All Blacks will be looking to be on top form as they prepare to defend their title as World Cup Champions. A top game will be the Bledisloe Cup Aussie vs NZ at Eden Park on 15 August.Click here for a full list of All Blacks fixtures.
Sports a plenty in Autumn and Winter
Other sporting must-do's include the FIFA U20 World Cup, which began on 30 May and runs until 20 June. With games held all around New Zealand, there's no excuse not to catch some live football action.Tickets here.
Sports a plenty in Autumn and Winter
For a combination of sport and entertainment, theAMEX Queenstown Winter Festival is 10 days of winter sports action from 19-29 June with sports, festivals, comedy, live music and more. Queenstown has heaps on offer and is an easy flight down from Auckland [see our full destination guide to Queenstown here ]
Sports a plenty in Autumn and Winter

Recipe: Lamb Loin, Cape Kidnappers Garden Vegetables, Olives & Salsa Verde

28 May 2015
Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is partnering with some of New Zealand's leading luxury providers to bring you their recipes, recommendations and more.

Here James Honore, Head Chef at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay, shares his recipe for Hawke's Bay inspiredLamb Loin, Cape Kidnappers Garden Vegetables, Olives and Salsa Verde.

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This dish is inspired using produce from our region, the beautiful Grass Fed Lamb we have in the Hawke's Bay, olive oil from Matapiro and also our own vegetable garden at Cape Kidnappers," says Honore. "When using local products we like to let the food taste as natural as it should. "
Recipe: Lamb Loin, Cape Kidnappers Garden Vegetables, Olives & Salsa Verde
Serves 4

Ingredients


4 Hawkes Bay Natural Lamb Loins, all fat and sinew removed (have your butcher do this for you)
1 bunch spinach washed
4 scaloppini
4 Baby Onions
8 Young Spring Onions

Salsa Verde

2 tablespoons capers 
1⁄3 cup gherkins 
1 tablespoon anchovies (optional)
1⁄3 cup finely chopped parsley 
1⁄4 cup finely chopped mint 
1⁄4 cup finely chopped basil 
1⁄2 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon 
zest of 1 lemon 
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1⁄2 cup Matapiro olive oil


Heat a medium pan over a high heat, season your lamb and sear on all sides, remove from pan and place on a cool oven tray, put into a 200˚c oven for two to three minutes for medium rare or 4-5 minutes for medium.

Rest the lamb in a warm place while you assemble the dish.

Trim the spring onions and blanch in boiling salted water, also blanch the spinach

Cut the scaloppini into lengths half centimeter in thickness and roast in oven until tender

Roast the peeled and halved baby onions cut face down in a preheated oven safe pan at 200˚c oven until tender, about 10 minutes.

Place all the ingredients for the Salsa Verde in a blender and puree. Check the seasoning and add a little more lemon juice if you think it’s required.

To Assemble:

Pan fry the onions on the cut face, add the olives and put in the oven for three minutes, drain on kitchen paper.

Reheat the vegetables and season.

On four heated dinner plates arrange your salsa verde, vegetables and olives.

Carve the lamb and serve.

Potatoes can be added to make a more substantial meal


About James Honore

Recipe: Lamb Loin, Cape Kidnappers Garden Vegetables, Olives & Salsa Verde
New Zealand born and bred James Honore began his training in Northland, New Zealand and completed his studies in Auckland, after this he moved to Sydney to gain hands-on cooking experience at the Park Hyatt.

James then landed a position at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, returning to New Zealand and joining the lodge’s brigade as Chef de Partie, a position he held for three years. This was followed by a stint cooking at Pure Tastes, a restaurant in Paihia opened by former Kauri Cliffs Executive Chef and well renowned New Zealand chef Paul Jobin.

However, in 2007, James was lured back to the lodge fold by then Executive Chef Dale Gartland, who was looking for chefs to join the brigade at the expanding groups soon to open Hawke’s Bay lodge-The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

James jumped at the great opportunity, adding strength and experience to the opening team at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. After a few years there and helping the lodge receive top accolades for its food, room for advancement saw James return to The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs as Sous Chef working with Kauri Cliffs Executive Chef Barry Frith.

Today James is the Head Chef at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, and with the support of Group Executive Chef and mentor Dale Gartland, he is thriving. He is truly inspired by the vast array of local produce available both at The Farm’s own vegetable gardens and within the greater Hawke’s Bay region.

During his time with the lodges James has worked alongside some inspirational chefs at our food and wine events, these include Peter Gilmore, Rick Stein, Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi.

Spotlight on: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

28 May 2015
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers , in the North Island’s famed Hawke’s Bay wine country, is renowned for its fabulous 'farm luxe' vibe. We love the lodge for its mastery of the relaxed luxury vibe, and incredible views; perfect both in summer and for holing up in front of a roaring fire in winter.

This stunning lodge majestically sits high on a hill amidst a working 6000 acre sheep and cattle property, with breathtaking views over idyllic pasture to the Pacific Ocean.  With just 22 ultra-comfortable and spacious “cottage” suites and a grand four bedroom Owner’s Cottage, a stylish spa and a spectacular and dramatic Tom Doak designed golf course, a stay at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a special experience.

Spotlight on: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Hawke’s Bay’s renowned food and wine inspire outstanding menus as does the farm’s own fruit and vegetable garden’s fresh seasonal offerings. The farm property also offers a multitude of leisure activities including farm tours, walking trails, Can-AM tours, mountain biking and trout fishing, and visits to the property’s renowned gannet colony. Some of the country’s best wineries are also on the doorstep in Hawke’s Bay.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a member of Relais & Chateaux, and is sister property to The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and Matakauri Lodge.

Try Head Chef James Honore's recipe for
Lamb Loin, Cape Kidnappers Garden Vegetables, Olives and Salsa Verde.
 
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