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Sip elegant, full bodied merlot in the sunshine as you reflect on a perfect day of Art Deco architecture, beautiful landscapes and delicious, fresh food. The Hawke’s Bay is a sunny, beautiful region that’s known for its artisan foods, white sand beaches and impressive buildings. It’s a great place to kick back, relax and take a little time to indulge your taste buds and soak up the local kiwi hospitality.
At MoaTrek we offer small group tours to the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. The spectacular wineries, towns and landscapes of the Hawke’s Bay never fail to impress; and this region is included in many of our itineraries.
Here’s a few of our favourite Hawke’s Bay must-dos – a collection of the things that make this place so special.
New Zealand’s oldest wineries
The Hawke’s Bay has been producing some of the finest flavoured wines in New Zealand since the 1850’s. With high annual sunshine hours and rich, fertile soil, the Bay is world-renowned for its production of full bodied reds and complex, textural chardonnays. This makes for thoroughly enjoyable wine tasting experiences - many vineyards are located in pretty valleys surrounded by golden tussock and towering mountains; sipping world-class wine in the sunshine makes for one of the highlights of a New Zealand vacation.
The Art Deco capital of the world
The Hawke’s Bay city of Napier was rebuilt in the 1930s following a massive earthquake. The city was recreated from the ground up in the popular style of the times – Art Deco. The style’s clean, simple lines and base relief suited the needs of the new Napier. Nowhere else in the world can you see such a concentrated variety of buildings in the style of the 1930’s. Maori motifs dot many of the city’s important buildings; creating a uniquely New Zealand take on the Art Deco style. Explore this Gatsby-like city and be transported back to a time of jazz bands, classic cars and 1930’s optimism.
Te Mata Peak
Standing nearly 400 metres above sea level, Te Mata Peak offers panoramic views of the Hawke’s Bay – from the top, you can see the Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru Ranges as well as Cape Kidnappers. The volcano Ruapehu is also visible on clear days. The peak itself is steeped in a local Maori legend involving a love story and a vengeful tribe.
Art Deco Festival
Every year in February, the Deco jazz-age decade of the 1930’s reflected in Napier’s architecture is celebrated during the Hawke’s Bay Art Deco Festival. The city celebrates with classic cars and aircraft; and locals dress in jazz-era fashion, adding elegance and class to the streets. The Art Deco Festival transports the area back to a time of glitz and glamour; optimism and jazz bands.
At MoaTrek, we’re passionate about showcasing the best New Zealand has to offer on our small group tours. Many of our itineraries include wine tasting in Hawke’s Bay, Art Deco tours as well as a spectacular drive to the top of Te Mata Peak.
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