Five Reasons to Visit Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

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Traveling to New Zealand? You can’t skip a visit to the place known as “The Tuscany of the South Pacific” now, can you? Our local guide John joins us today to talk about what makes his part of New Zealand a can’t-miss destination on the North Island.

Hi, I’m John and I operate as a local tour guide in Napier, Hawke’s Bay. Let me tell you a little about New Zealand and the amazing region where I live.

New Zealand is a young country discovered in 1642 by Abel Tasman and then explored by Captain James Cook in 1769. A British colony was established in 1840 and subsequently a “Clean Green Pure NZ” image has existed with tourists delighted by the diversity of the geography and attractions that both North and South Islands offer.

A must when you’re in New Zealand is a visit to the region of Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of the North Island, which is renowned for its Mediterranean climate of long hot summers and mild winters.

To encourage you to pay us a visit, let me tempt you with a snapshot of five of our numerous attractions:

Art Deco Architecture
A devastating earthquake in 1931 necessitated the complete rebuild of the local cities and Art Deco was chosen as the architectural mode. Well the result is the stunning Art Deco city of Napier. A guided tour of downtown with local volunteers is fantastic.

Food & Wine
There are 79 wineries in Hawke’s Bay ranging from the oldest “Mission Estate” to the newly built “Craggy Range”. Winery restaurants offer a delightful ambience amongst the vines.

Te Mata Peak
Steeped in Maori legend, the stunning drive with amazing vistas from the giant Te Mata peak is sensational.

Cape Kidnappers Gannets
The Gannet sanctuary at Cape Kidnappers is the world’s largest accessible Gannet nesting place. This amazing bird colony can be viewed by overland tour or by a fun tractor and trailer ride along the coast.

Birdwoods Gallery and Sweet Shop
Set in a pretty rural setting this is a must see for young and old. Explore a wide range of New Zealand and African arts and wander through the outdoor sculpture garden. The traditional sweet shop is a delight!

Hope to see you soon in sunny Hawke’s Bay!
Kia Ora!

Hawkes Bay is so alluring that John switched coasts to build a life there. If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, don’t miss it! And don’t miss out on meeting John for a private tour of the region’s vineyards, vistas and architecture. You can learn more about John, and start a conversation with him, through his guide profile page.
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