On the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island is Hawkes’ Bay, the oldest wine-growing region in the country.
The perfect grape weather is a hit with visitors, too – long, balmy summers and mild winters suit year-round luxury tours. There are stunning landscapes to explore, pristine beaches and plenty of adventure waiting.
If cities are more your thing, Hawkes’ Bay has it covered with the region’s cultural capital, Napier. Renowned for its Art Deco architecture, the charming city is where you can discover world-class galleries, boutique shopping and a sunny Mediterranean climate. Foodies beware – Napier’s restaurants, bistros and famous wineries make it a tricky city to leave.
For an unforgettable view of Napier and the entire region, Hawkes’ Bay’s natural jewel Te Mata Peak is an essential visit, and steeped in Maori legend. The peak offers 360-degree views across countryside straight out of Lord of the Rings. Te Mata Peak is just one destination for classic Kiwi adventure on a luxury tour. Its soaring heights are perfect for paragliding and hang gliding.
There are varied ways to experience the thickly forested hills, empty beaches and majestic lakes of Hawkes’ Bay. Take a helicopter over the famous Tukituki Estuary, ride horses along the beaches or try white water rafting though the dramatic Mohaka River Valley. Once you’ve come back down to earth, recover with a stroll along the white sand of Waimarama Beach or visit Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, one of the best in the country.
Hawkes’ Bay is not one for half measures, being home of the longest place name in the world (Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki-maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu), so if the temptations are too tricky to narrow down, why not simplify things and pack in a little of everything? The Lightfoot team are on hand to provide expert advice with a concierge style service, to tailor your luxury holiday just the way you want it.