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Hawke's Bay, Travel Digest, July 2012


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Hawke's Bay, Travel Digest, July 2012

  1. 1. Tucked away on the East Coast of the North Island, is the beautiful Hawke’s Bay. Amazing weather, over 70 wineries, cool art deco architecture and stunning scenery. SARAH WEEKS discovers the art deco capital of the world. EclecticBeyond the city of Napier, you can venture further out with a tour of the surrounding area with Hawke’s Bay Scenic Tours. Owner and operator John Hanlon provides a wealth of information on the area and explains in detail the history and sights of Hawke’s Bay. Te Mata Peak is a must do when you’re here and from the comfort of your very own van, John will take you to the top of this magnificent peak where you can enjoy enchanting views for miles. If the sky is clear enough, you’ll even be able to see Mt Ruapehu poking its head up in the far distance. Apart from a history lesson of Hastings and Napier, the tour also takes in some local wineries off the beaten track. Askerne Wineries is a great vineyard producing a huge variety of wines and passionate wine-lover John Loughlin is more than happy to take you on a journey through the senses with each wine tasting. Their wall is covered in awards and it’s easy to see why – you won’t be leaving this winery empty handed with their fine selection. One of the more famous and interesting wineries is Mission Estate. Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, it’s New Zealand’s oldest winery with its historic building nestled in the Taradale Hills overlooking Napier. Visitors can enjoy historic tours of their spectacular underground cellar and tastings of their award-winning wines. After you’ve enjoyed a few wines, you’ll be feeling a bit peckish and John knows a great local cafe to stop for lunch in a garden setting – a great surprise to end the tour. Church Road is another notable boutique winery and one of the oldest as it was founded in 1897. The great thing about this winery is they take you on a guided tour through their working winery where you’ll enjoy a museum highlighting over 100 years of winemaking housed in old concrete wine vats. After the tour you’ll get spoiled with a special wine tasting showcasing their limited release editions and can even enjoy a light cheeseboard platter or lunch in their restaurant. A great way to take in the sights and wineries is by doing a cycling trip throughout this beautiful region. With so many places to hire bikes from, we opted for a more relaxed experience with Coastal Wine Cycles, located in Te Awanga. Their classic beach-cruiser bicycles have wide comfortable seats and swept-back handlebars, perfect for a relaxed day of cycling. We decided to cruise along the Tuki River overlooking orchards and vineyards. After a quick bite for lunch at Clifton Cafe, we continued on our way to the best part – the vineyards! Clearview Estate Winery is renowned for it’s chardonnay and full-bodied reds. Air New Zealand recently selected their Enigma Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 for their business premier class. Co-owner Tim Turvey purchased the land in the 1980s for a small sum of money and although he didn’t know the first thing about producing a H aving been to this region often as a child visiting family, I’ve always appreciated the natural beauty. However, it’s only later that I’ve learnt about the fascinating history and architecture that makes this area truly special. In 1931, a devastating 7.8 Richter scale earthquake and resulting fire reduced the cities of Napier and Hastings to rubble. Despite this, within two years, the city was rebuilt in the Art Deco style popular during this time. Mostly made of reinforced concrete, these buildings were designed to withstand any future earthquakes, but were plain in colour and design. It was the colour and decoration of Art Deco style that lifted the look of these buildings and expressed the confidence, optimism and vigour of this young, growing city. The Art Deco Trust is passionate about preserving the unique heritage and their volunteer guides are more than happy to show you around this famous city. Over 20,000 people take a guided walking tour of the city each year and it’s easy to see why. Napier’s fascinating architectural history is brought to life as our fantastic guide, Tony Mairs decked out in 1930s style clothing, takes us on a journey through the city’s most notable buildings. By the end of our tour, we’ll all educated on how to identify art deco architecture – from sunbursts and ziggurats, to geometric shapes and symbols of power. You can also combine your walking tour with a Vintage Deco Car tour. Transport yourself back in time as you cruise the streets of Napier in a beautifully restored 1930s vintage car. Our guide Tony takes us inside local icon, the Napier Municipal Theatre, the remarkable National Tobacco Company Building in historic Ahuriri and the Deco houses and gardens in the suburb of Marewa. He even tops it off with a stop at Bluff Hill Lookout where we enjoy panoramic views of Napier’s bustling port. 28 July 2012, Travel Digest
  2. 2. Newly built, overlooking the beachfront and designed with both the business and leisure traveller in mind. Navigate offers quiet, restful, affordable accommodation in a vibrant and colourful seaside village. We offer a luxurious decor, an onsite café, room service and an underground car park and recently awarded winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012. Set your GPS to Navigate! Navigate Seaside Accommodation 50 Waghorne Street, Port Ahuriri, Napier 4110 P +64 6 831 0077 | Hawke's Baygreat wine, he and business partner Helma van den Berg got cracking and have achieved an impressive wine portfolio today. A restaurant and onsite accommodation is also available for visitors and they can cater for weddings. More modern and contemporary in its décor, is neighbouring Elephant Hill that offers breathtaking views of the coast and Cape Kidnappers. Here you can enjoy world-class wine tasting, complemented with a fine dining experience that is hard to beat. Having nibbled throughout the day, we opted for something lighter – a cheeseboard and dessert. This is definitely the place to come if you’re looking for that extra something special. The food is divine and perfectly matches the wine selection. The Dome is the ultimate in Art Deco style accommodation and the perfect place to relax and unwind. Housed in the iconic 1937 T&G Building, this work of art now houses penthouse apartments on the top floors. Owner Áilne Bradley has done a marvellous job of preserving the heritage of this building and combines this seamlessly with new and modern interiors fit for royalty. If you’re looking to really immerse yourself in all that’s art deco and enjoy some luxury at the same time, this is the place to be. All penthouse apartments offer panoramic FAR LEFT: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is home to one of the world’s leading golf courses; Travel in style with this 1930s vintage car to visit Napier’s Art Deco sights; The Dome, on top of this Napier building has three penthouse apartments; Navigate Seaside is Hawke’s Bay’s newest sea view accommodation. 29Travel Digest, July 2012
  3. 3. from $35 per day Cars Stationwagons Mini Buses Previas NAPIER only 06 843 7020 Rate includes GST, insurance & unlimited Kms on hires 4 days and over. (Km limits may apply on hires less than 4 days) Car Rentals Fax: 06 843 7040 64 Taradale Road, Napier views of the ocean and give you that special home-away-from-home feeling. Located along Marine Parade, The Dome is within easy walking distance of all bars, restaurants and shops. They regularly host events including art-themed weekends where guests can create their own masterpieces under the direction of a local artist. If you’re looking for something a little more modern and family- friendly, Navigate Seaside Accommodation is the newest and freshest accommodation in the area, conveniently located in Ahuriri seaside village. With studio, family rooms and two-bedroom apartments to choose from, you’ll find something to suit your needs. A funky design gives this place a great fun vibe and with the sea not far away, it’s a great place to chill out at the end of an eventful day. Sol Cafe downstairs provides great coffee and breakfast daily for both guests and locals alike. Owner Andrew Buenter ensures all guests’ needs are taken care of and can even recommend some great local restaurants to dine at. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is one of the world’s most extraordin- ary luxury lodges set on 6,000 acres with breathtaking views over the Hawke’s Bay. For golf-lovers, this is paradise as the lodge offers not only accommodation, but also dining, a spa and a highly-acclaimed Tom Doak-designed golf course ranked 33rd best in the world. Both guests and locals can enjoy playing golf here in this stylish luxury farm setting. A stay here is a truly memorable experience and something to cherish forever. Hawke’s Bay is known as the “food bowl” of New Zealand and there are plenty of places to tantalise your tastebuds. Located in the heart of Havelock North, Diva Bistro & Bar offers warm hospitality and a pleasant ambiance. Their kitchen specialises in creating seasonal dishes using the freshest local ingredients – their fish of the day is a standout winner for me! Along with great service and excellent food, they’ve also selected an impressive range of local wines to match their dishes so great for wine connoisseurs. Boardwalk Beach Restaurant & Bar is Napier’s only beachfront restaurant located in the fabulous seaside suburb of Ahuriri. Whether you want a drink at the bar or would like to dine in, this fun and casual restaurant is a great spot with stunning views during the day. The restaurant is both family and dog friendly and has an open area out the back, which can be enjoyed throughout summer and heated during winter. Being a seaside restaurant, it’s no surprise they have some excellent seafood dishes on their menu – their seafood platter is very tasty! When the locals are raving about how great a place is and recommending you dine there, you know it’s got to be good! And that’s the case with one of Napier’s best-kept secrets; Three Doors Up nestled in a back street of Ahuriri. The concept is simple – a bistro which serves the freshest and best quality food with a homely feeling. The candlelight, classical music and rustic furniture create a lovely ambiance where you can enjoy some great food. I highly recommend their pasta dishes – so fresh and full of flavour! It definitely pays to book ahead as it’s very popular with the locals. Looking for something cheap and cheerful that the whole family will enjoy? Check out Hog’s Breath Cafe on Marine Parade. They do lunch specials and best of all, kids eat for free! Choose from a range of bur- gers, steak meals, salads and finger food. The style of the restaurant is relaxed with friendly staff and they are more than happy to help. The best way to get around and see all the sights of the Hawke’s Bay is by hiring a rental vehicle and Pegasus Rental Cars offer a wide range of vehicles to choose from, at a reasonable price too. With depots in over 20 locations around New Zealand, they’ve been helping travellers see our country since 1989. No matter how big or small your needs are, they can cater for you. They’ll even pick your car up from the airport once you’ve flown out! ✈ You can hike or bike up Te Mata Peak for spectacular views of Hawke’s Bay. HAWKE'S BAY 30 July 2012, Travel Digest