A love of fine wine will drive you to travel this signposted journey through the first leg of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Start the journey with one day in Napier where vineyards are as famous for their restaurants as they are for their wine. Make a wildlife stop at Mt Bruce on your way through the Wairarapa to Martinborough.
Once again, wine is first on the list of local attractions – Pinot Noir is Martinborough’s specialty. Finish your journey by immersing yourself in the coffee, cuisine and buzzing nightlife of Wellington.
In 1931 a devastating earthquake nearly levelled the city of Napier. It was rebuilt in the style of the times, and is now considered the Art Deco Capital of the world. To get in touch with the history of this region, visit the Earthquake Exhibition and Nga Tukemata (an exhibition which celebrates the Maori history of the East Coast) at the museum. The vineyards of Hawke’s Bay are all within easy reach of Napier. Another attraction is the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.
Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference.
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