Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa – The Wineries

The Traditional New Zealand Wine Trail

The New Zealand wine trail is a self drive touring route of about 350 kms that covers stunning and undiscovered parts of the North Island of New Zealand. You will find some of New Zealand’s best expertise in wine, accommodation and food here. If your a wine enthusiast then you’ll be glad to hear about the vineyard tour where you can see and do plenty including vineyard dining.

Craggy Range Vines, Hawkes Bay Cape Palliser Lighthouse

Craggy Range Vines, Hawkes Bay           Cape Palliser Lighthouse


Napier 55,000
Martinborough 1,350
Hastings District 67,500
Masterton 22,600

Summer 31.4
Winter 18.5

Driving Distances
Auckland to Napier – 433 kms
Napier to Hastings – 20 kms
Napier to Martinborough – 281 kms
Martinborough to Wellington – 79 kms

Hawkes’s Bay – Wine Country
Hawke’s Bay is home to New Zealand’s oldest wineries – Mission Estate . Mission Estate was launched in 1851 by the Marist brothers. There are over 30 wineries open in Hawke’s Bay for touring and tastings with many offering the Vineyard dining experience. Did you know that nearly 70% of New Zealand’s most excellent red wines come from this region. Wines include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France and Malbec. To get more information it’s worth picking up a free copy of A Guide to the Wineries.at any information centre or car rentals depot.

Hawkes Bay Attractions

  • Visit the Art Deco at Napier. You can take a guided tour or self-guided walk.
  • Visit one or more of the 17 Heritage trails around the region. Maps are available.
  • Visit Cape Kidnappers well known for its own seaside golf and see the world’s largest mainland Gannet Colony here too
  • National Aquarium of New Zealand at Napier

Wairarapa is south-west of Hawke’s Bay and east of Wellington. Wairarapa’s wine industry is under 30 years old. Martinborough which is Wairarapa popular destination, is a elegant wine village and it’s the main centre for wine touring with many small family owned vineyards. There is also plenty of accommodation nestled among the vines to choose from.

Wairarapa Attractions

  • Come to one of Wairarapa museums and art galleries and learn about New Zealand’s culture and history.
  • Go for a walk along one of Wairarapa gardens and visit the beautiful flowers and plants of New Zealand.
  • Ngawi fishing village, Cape Palliser lighthouse and seal colony
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre – a genuine New Zealand wildlife experience
  • Greytown – a colonial village and New Zealand’s oldest inland town with area of expertise shops and antiques
  • Castlepoint scenic reserve and lighthouse named in 1770 by Captain Cook

Special Events
February – Harvest Hawke’s Bay and Art Deco Weekend
March – Sheep Shearing Competition and Martinborough Round the Vines
June – Hawkes Bay Vintners Charity Wine Auction
October – Hawke’s Bay wine awards
November – Toast Martinborough (wine, food and music festival) and Hawke’s Bay month of wine and roses

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