Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Hawkes Bay is synonymous
with high sunshine hours, fine wine, produce, and heritage architecture.
The regional capital of Napier is set on the shores of the sweeping
bay that runs from Cape Kidnappers to the Mahia Peninsula.
Hit by a devastating
earthquake in 1931 the towns of Napier and Hastings were both rebuilt
in the contemporary styles of the day, Art Deco and Spanish Renaissance.
Heritage tours are available with guides or as self guided trails
that will take you to the architectural highlights.
Kidnappers features the world's largest, most accessible Gannet nesting
colony. You can take an overland safari, helicopter safari or guided
walk through the spectacular scenery of Cape Kidnappers Station.
For the golfing enthusiast
there is the Cape Kidnappers Golf Course rated by
Golf Digest Magazine
2007 as the 10th Best Golf Course outside the United States. Cape
Kidnappers is set on a 6,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, which encompasses
land said to be reminiscent of Montana but the coastal boundary is
an 800 foot drop into the Pacific.
Hawkes Bay is the
birthplace of New Zealand wine production with the Mission Vineyard
being founded by the Catholic Society of Mary in 1851 and Te Mata
Estate being the oldest winery still in production. The growing conditions
favor the late maturing grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling
but all varieties are well represented throughout the region and amongst
award winning labels. Wine tasting and cultural tours are available