Hawkes Bay Plus
DAY ONE L, D
If you love great food, fantastic wine and exploring some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery – this is the tour for you! A foodie’s delight, we start as we mean to continue – with tasty treats at Third Place Café in Rotorua for morning tea. With a view like no other, we will enjoy lunch on the banks of the mighty Waikato River at Huka Prawn Park’s Riverside Restaurant. You will be treated to a delicious selection of prawn dishes and the perfect drop to accompany them before enjoying a tour of the Park. The majestic Waipunga Falls are our next stop, and with stunning views and easy access, these falls are an absolute must-see. Private dining in the Cellar at Craggy Range winery for dinner is a culinary indulgence like no other.
DAY TWO B, MT, L, D
After a delightful breakfast, we will head off for historic Duart House, built-in 1882 and is set in 3 acres of gardens surrounding the heritage house. Pre-lunch wine-tasting and education will then ensue at New Zealand’s oldest winemaking concern, Mission Estate Winery, followed by delectable cuisine in the elegantly restored seminary building - the award-winning Mission Restaurant. Take in the beautifully preserved 1930s architecture of Napier’s Marine Parade during a leisurely afternoon stroll to the pier; will you find the Parade’s ‘hidden treasure’, the Sunken Gardens? A taste of luxury awaits us at Mangapapa Hotel with the Head Chef’s ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy resulting in gastronomic delights with strong local flavour.
DAY THREE B, MT, L, D
Nestled in the heart of Hawke’s Bay, we will savour a delicious morning tea at 160-year-old Ashcott Homestead, which features a private home and gardens with a thrilling history that celebrates the verdant countryside. Our next stop is listed with New Zealand Historic Places Trust, and, established in 1893, Woburn Homestead is a beautiful venue to behold. Rounding out our trio of homesteads today is the Wallingford Homestead: a 2200 acre station featuring thousands of sheep, hundreds of Friesian and Angus beef, and 1700 French Oak “Trufflere” – the result of which you can feast on at the in-house restaurant. Make sure you save a little room for dinner at Black Barn Bistro, where the epicurean delights are locally sourced from small farmers and artisans.
DAY FOUR B, MT, L, D
Luxurious Greenhill Lodge is our first stop of the day, and here we will delight in some of the finest local food, as well as a historical overview of the Lodge. Our next stop, Maraeakakaho Station, was once one of New Zealand’s premier pure-bred Merino farms and has amassed a rich history back to 1857. A wholesome lunch will follow at Jark’s once the old Corn exchange building. A tour of historic Mangawhare Homestead gives us a look into the style of days gone by and help us build an appetite for dinner at St Georges Restaurant – where more than 90% of the produce used is from the chef’s own on-site garden.
DAY FIVE B, L ,D
A trip to Hawke’s Bay is not complete without a visit to Te Mata House. This significant property is steeped in history and contains parcels of land where luscious grapevines grow, providing fruit for delicious Te Mata Estate Winery wines. We will indulge in morning tea at the stunning Birdwoods, followed by a stroll around the gardens and a delightful lunch at nearby Oruawharo Homestead. We will spend the afternoon exploring alluring Havelock North Town before driving up to breath-taking Te Mata Peak for a tasty dinner at Peak House and revel in the panoramic views overlooking Hawke’s Bay.
DAY SIX B
We will get a first-hand glimpse into farm life on our way back to Tauranga focused on sustainability and regenerative agriculture at Mohaka River Farm. Stopping for lunch and a leg stretch in scenic Taupo is the perfect way to celebrate our exciting tour.
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Next Tour Date
Fri, 22nd of Oct 2021