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Hawkes Bay

Hawke's Bay Wine Country is New Zealand's leading food and wine region and with over 2200 hours of sunshine, the region is a year-round holiday destination. Located on the east coast of the North Island, the landscapes of Hawke's Bay begin with the high, forested Ruahine and Kawkeka Ranges. From the mountains the land sweeps down towards the coast, flattening out to become the Heretaunga Plains. A number of wide rivers, excellent for fishing, run swiftly to meet the blue Pacific Ocean and glorious beaches which stretch from Mahia in the north to Porangahau in the south.

Hawke's Bay is the country's oldest winemaking region and is New Zealand's leading producer of award winning red wines. Hawke's Bay is also home to a world-class concentration of Art Deco architecture, fresh local produce and artisan food producers complemented by a vibrant arts scene and a rich Maori culture.

The region offers a diverse range of things to see and do from families enjoying the sun on the golden sand beaches, crystal clear rivers to explore, swimming with dolphins and the largest most accessible mainland Gannet colony in the world to name just a few. There's also hunting and fishing, 20 local golf courses to challenge you and 17 heritage trails to explore.

Northern Hawke's Bay is a popular destination for outdoor adventure. The rivers and coastline offer well recognised trout fishing and excellent seafood with whitebait spots, deep sea fishing, surfcasting and underwater fishing all available. Wairoa is the main town of Northern Hawke's Bay and is the gateway to Lake Waikaremoana, Mahia Peninsula and the wilderness of Te Urewera National Park.

From magnificent national parks to marine reserves on stunning coastline and wildlife centres, Hawke's Bay offers a diverse and exciting natural landscape with plenty of activities to experience nature from challenging walking tracks to the relatively sedate heritage trails and the tranquillity of the region's parks and gardens. The western boundary of Hawke's Bay is dominated by the Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges. These ranges are two of New Zealand's best playgrounds and offer great hunting, fishing and tramping.

The Kaweka Conservation Park has extensive tracts of wild land ideal for those who like to explore unknown 4WD tracks. There are sign-posted tracks of varying length and difficulty with camping, picnic, swimming and fishing spots along the way. The Mangatutu Hot Springs are a popular attraction at the end of a tramp into dense forest. Te Urewera National Park in Northern Hawke's Bay contains the largest forested wilderness remaining in the North Island as well as Lake Waikaremoana and the popular walking track. If you want to get close to nature without the tramping visit Cape Kidnappers, home to one of the largest, most assessable mainland gannet colonies in the world.

Church Road TOM Experience

Church Road TOM Experience

Founded in 1897 on the same site it stands on today, Church Road is one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand with 125 years of
winemaking experience.

Whilst there, discover an iconic range of Church Road TOM, through an intimate wine flight experience within the atmospheric surroundings of an underground museum. Reflecting the exceptional Hawke’s Bay terroir, considered viticulture and masterful winemaking, these wines are only produced during outstanding vintages using superior parcels of fruit, to craft wines that show exceptional character and quality. Be expertly guided through current and back vintage TOM wines as you explore the philosophy and character of this flagship range while enjoying selectively matched canapes. Learn some secrets in the ultimate personal tribute to the founder, Tom McDonald, who was a key innovator in the creation of the Hawke’s Bay wine industry.

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