If you thought New Zealand was all about Sauvignon Blanc, you are missing out on some of the best wines we have to offer. Wines from Hawke’s Bay have scored more 90+ ratings in Wine Spectator than any other New Zealand District!
Hawke’s Bay is located at 39.4°S, in the North Island of New Zealand. The climate is maritime and similar to Bordeaux. As well as complex and rich chardonnays, red wines also feature with over 80% of New Zealand's plantings of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah grapes.
Hawke’s Bay is home to the oldest winery in New Zealand. The story began with a group of French missionaries who sailed to New Zealand in 1838, with little more than their faith and a few vines. Today, Hawke’s Bay is the second largest viticultural region in New Zealand, producing local and international award-winning wines.
With such an extensive range of vineyards to choose from, we can take you to your preferred wineries to meet a winemaker for a behind the scenes look into the local wine industry. Or if you prefer, simply taste while enjoying the beautiful settings as you are driven around the region in our modern, comfortable vehicles.
Our tours are tailored to reflect your wine preferences and offer flexible start and finish times. Whether it is a fruit driven Hawke’s Bay sauvignon blanc, a rich, complex chardonnay or a Bordeaux or Rhone style red, we can tantalise your taste buds and introduce you to some of the characters and personalities behind these award winning-wines.
Al fresco lunch at one of the many winery restaurants as part of the day is a popular optional extra.
ART DECO TOURS
Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand.
After a disastrous earthquake and fires, which destroyed Napier and Hastings in 1931, the rebuild created a cityscape of architectural consistency.
Many of these charming buildings still form the heart of the city although their uses have changed over time.
With the New Zealand Historic Places Trust registration of the Napier City Centre, many of these buildings are now protected to preserve their cultural and historic integrity. The registration of the Art Deco precinct affirms the authenticity of the buildings leading to international recognition and tourism awards.
Areas outside the city centre and around greater Hawke’s Bay also have significant homes and buildings of the era that take pride of place in our history.
Our informative tours in modern air-conditioned vehicles highlight the heart of the Art Deco precinct that is architecturally unique in New Zealand.
To further experience a by-gone era, a popular option is to tour the district in a classic vintage car, which can usually be hired at short notice.
Discover what makes Hawke’s Bay produce sought after the world over...
Many small scale producers have carved a unique niche with their specialised food businesses. Regardless of the season, there is always something for the food enthusiast to experience. Artisan products on offer include gourmet meats and game, seafood, olive products, cider, coffee, figs, honey, micro-breweries, cheese, mushrooms and chocolate. These are available year round. Seasonal options include fresh berries, lime products and visits to orchards offering a range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Hawke’s Bay is an epicurean delight. As you drive around, you might like to purchase the finest, freshest products to create your own simple but tasty platters or if you are feeling adventurous, grab what you need to whip up an elaborate dining experience. If you prefer someone else to do the work, choose from a range of casual cafes, winery restaurants or fine dining establishments, several of which have featured in Cuisine Magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants of New Zealand.
Hawke’s Bay is gaining a reputation as a studios, which provide a perennial glimpse of New Zealand’s artistic and unique and creative centre of the arts. We can provide guided tours through galleries, museums and artists' creative endeavours. New Zealand galleries and shops are happy to welcome you, but please note that some artists will be available by appointment only.
"As a producer we often have Grant Petherick visit with his clients. He has a very professional and hospitable approach. We frequently refer people to him and they always report back having had a fantastic experience. I personally recommend him without exception."
Steve Smith - Co-Owner Smith & Sheth Wines
"Grant’s down-to-earth approach and informed comment made this the most enjoyable winery visit we have ever done"
Elise Hsieh, Anchorage, AK.