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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
 
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