Discover a special part of NZ – Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa. Food and wine, outstanding architecture, magnificent landscapes. Explore wineries, rural communities, walk, hike, and bike, legends and histories, and wonderful bird and wildlife encounters. Art Deco Napier, wines of Martinborough, gorgeous Greytown, Gannet colony of Cape Kidnapper, the Fur Seal Colony and lighthouse of Palliser Bay.... so much to discover.
- Car rental – Napier to Wellington, 5 days, unlimited kilometres, standard insurance
- 2 nights Craggy Range Cottages
- Art Deco tour Napier in a vintage car
- Half Day Gannet Safari tour to Cape Kidnappers
- 2 nights Martinborough at Peppers Parehua
- Daily Breakfasts
- Detailed day by day itinerary
- 15% GST government tax
Day 1 Napier – Havelock North
Napier – gateway to the Hawkes Bay is like stepping into a 1930s film set. Famous for its Art Deco heritage – play the part on your guided tour in a vintage car. Walk the Sea Walls mural collection and restored Marine Parade, visit the National Aquarium, or climb Te Mata Peak – explore as you want. With fertile soils and temperate climate, Hawke’s Bay is among New Zealand’s leading producers of wine. Overnight at Craggy Range Cottages.
Day 2 Havelock North – Cape Kidnappers (B)
Explore boutique Havelock North before an afternoon guided safari through Cape Kidnappers Station and the Gannet Colony. Up to 20,000 birds populate the colony on dramatic cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean. Overnight at Craggy Range Cottages.
Day 3 Havelock North – Martinborough (B)
En route south to the Wairarapa, travel via quintessential rural towns - the Scandinavian influenced towns of Norsewood and Dannevirke, ‘ famous in NZ’ Eketahuna and Mt Bruce Wildlife centre, Carterton – home to authors and artists and vintage shops, and gorgeous Greytown – beautifully restored Victorian buildings and one of NZ’s premiere boutique shopping destinations. Overnight Peppers Parehua, Martinborough.
Day 4 Martinborough (B)
Explore Martinborough’s famous 20 something vineyards - most which are within walking or cycling distance of the village square. For scenic activity – hiking at Putangirua Pinnacles or explore Palliser Bay - taking in the famous lighthouse, and fur seal colony. Overnight Peppers Parehua, Martinborough.
Day 5 Martinborough – Featherston – Wellington (B)
Take off for Featherston via Lake Wairarapa and the 9,000 hectare Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park. Featherston at the base of the Remutaka Hill is a welcome stop for coffee, vintage op shops, the artisan C’est Cheese shop, and for train enthusiasts the Fell Locomotive Museum. Leave wonderful Wairarapa and head ‘over the hill’ to Wellington.