Where is Hawkes Bay together with what else tin I produce there?

Hawkes Bay is the fundamental eastward coast of New Zealand's North Island virtually 262 miles due south of Auckland, 192 miles northward of Wellington. In betwixt sampling the area's fine wines on the Wine Trail, visiting the one-of-a-kind Wine Centre (see previous  postings at this site) together with dining on its wonderful fresh foods (previous post), in that place are many ways to produce total your fourth dimension alongside fun.

Tip: Kiwis, adrenaline addicts together with dedicated hikers, volition propose yous hike (beware of the "It's only a petty uphill" or "an tardily flake of a walk;" it won't be), fish, kayak, camp, climb or bike. They are a hardy, hospitable bunch together with desire yous to relish their Blue Planet the way they do.

These are stops to a greater extent than our style, Levelers.

Gwavas Gardens.
Gwavas Garden together with Homestead
If you've e'er dreamed of wandering inwards a magical woodland garden, this volition produce total the bill.

Begun inwards the 1860s past times ASG Carlyon together with his married adult woman who missed Tregrehan, the household unit of measurement homestead together with its gardens inwards Cornwall, the 20-acre expanse is a wonderland of nature's beauty. Oaks, ash, pines, magnolias are growing into their 2nd century.

Rhododendrons, azaleas together with camellias tower over yous inwards a riot of color. Bluebells, daffodils, rare Himalayan lilies together with forget-me-nots demeanour the palette to the footing together with inwards between, roses blossom effusively.

Gwavas Homestead
Phyllida and Stuart Gibson (she's the 5th generation Carlyon) moved into the trouble solid inwards 2008 together with straightaway welcome visitors to their garden together with overnight guests into iii upstairs en suite rooms. The nutrient is grand together with the Gibsons are every bit much fun every bit they are fascinating, peculiarly when they tour yous through the trouble solid telling tales from its history.

Tip: The gardens are tardily walking alongside pocket-size elevation changes. The stairs are wide alongside bannisters together with a landing; virtually every bit tardily every bit yous tin dismiss acquire to a 2nd level.

If you're into history there's a Heritage Trail that starts alongside Gwavas Garden together with goes through the Ongaonga  expanse of fundamental Hawkes Bay.

Napier (Ahuriri inwards Maori)
Classic Car Art Deco Tour
The Art Deco majuscule of the world is good worth a twenty-four lx minutes menses of your time, if non more. You tin dismiss accept a guided walking tour - the historic district is apartment - together with larn how this town rose from the ashes inwards 2 years together with how to topographic point Maori motifs that brand the designs dissimilar those anywhere else.

Entrance, National Tobacco Company.
I loved the classic auto fine art deco tour where nosotros donned boas together with headache bands from the '30s, piled into menses Packards together with began our journeying dorsum inwards fourth dimension at the National Tobacco Co., an architectural jewel of Deco, Art Nouveau together with really personal tastes.

You tin dismiss easily pass an lx minutes or to a greater extent than browsing through the Art Deco Trust building. I wishing I'd made fourth dimension to halt inwards at Opossum World together with the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

See a rugby game at McLean Park together with cheer on the local Hawkes Bay Magpies alongside a hearty "C'mon the Bay!"

This city, slightly larger than Napier, was also devastated past times the 1930 earthquake. Its architecture is to a greater extent than Castilian Mission than Art Deco. In add-on to the delightful Dominicus Farmers' Market (see previous post), hitting the horses alongside the New Zealand Horse of the Year show inwards March or the races at Hastings Racecourse.

Havelock North
Its suburb, Havelock North, is a little boutique together with nutrient town alongside neat shops together with a groovy nutrient market. Don't missy the world toilets inwards the town pump park.

The Maori hongi.
By all agency sense Maori civilisation alongside a Waimarama Maori tour to Hakikino (see previous post on this site).

No shortage of sheep anywhere inwards New Zealand.

Wool World at Clifton Station, Te Awanga, is some other topographic point I missed but past times all reports it's a fascinating exposure to a historic, 2,000-acre sheep station.

Nesting gannet

Go to the birds alongside Gannet Safaris. Even if yous don't give a flip virtually the winged ones, it's quite an sense together with the views of Cape Kidnappers are spectacular (see 12/30/2011 post on this site).
View from the gannet colony.

Where to stay 

Hawkes Bay Tourism

I visited Hawkes Bay alongside a little grouping of Society of American Travel Writers members together with Hawkes Bay Tourism  selected where nosotros would stay.

However, I was pleased alongside them all. You volition observe most rooms, sometimes fifty-fifty inwards fine hotels, come upward alongside efficiency kitchens. Kiwis are large do-it-yourselfers together with dear to go then they oftentimes cutting corners where they can. It comes inwards handy for us Yanks too.

In Napier, I tin dismiss recommend The Crown Hotel Napier overlooking the waterfront inwards Ahuriri. The room was large, handsomely furnished together with scrupulously clean. I also stayed at Quest Apartments inwards downtown, which I tin dismiss also recommend; four-star rooms inwards a historic 1919 Castilian Mission way building.

View from The Dome.
However, I cruel inwards dear alongside the luxe condo-style units inwards the Dome Penthouse Apartments. You'll dear the body of body of water sentiment overlooking the Marine Parade together with it is the downtown location.

The Farm at Cape kidnappers.
If your pockets are deep, process yourself to a rest at the spectacularly sited The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Te Awanga, ane of New Zealands most honored luxury lodges. Trust me, yous won't desire to leave.

Tip: Levelers, to avoid stairs, inquire for accommodations some the lodge.

I don't know if I've convinced yous to become to Hawkes Bay but I've convinced myself to return.

Where is Hawkes Bay together with what else tin I produce there?