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Gannets, Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

Hawkes Bay and Napiers Wineries

Located on the southeastern coast of the North Island, Hawke’s Bay and the surrounding area is known for its acclaimed wines, artisan gourmet foods and glorious beaches.

Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s leading producer of red wines, has the greatest concentration of Art Deco architecture and hosts the country’s most elaborate celebrations of Matariki – the Maori New Year.

Landscapes of the region meander from the high, forested Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges before descending towards the coast and flattening into the Heretaunga Plains. Several wide rivers run through the scenery to meet with the Pacific Ocean.

Views from Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the largest centres in the area with Napier renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Nearby is the pretty town of Havelock North, known for its arts community and Te Mata peak which offers wonderful panoramic views of the region.

Blessed with a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate, Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and is also an excellent spot for cycling and golf enthusiasts.


Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Explore Napier

Explore the Art Deco city of Napier by classic car or traditional tram.

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Gannet Colony

Visit a colony of 15,000 gannets against a dramatic coastal backdrop close to the Art Deco town of Napier.

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Wine Tasting

Sample world-class wines and a host of epicurean delights around the vineyards of Hawkes Bay.

A Day with a Maori Elder

Experience Hawke’s Bay through the eyes of a Maori elder. Spend a day in their company, learning about their legends and mythology – a window into Maori culture that few get to experience.


Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

The Farm Cape Kidnappers £££££

  • New Zealand

Situated atop rugged cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers occupies a 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm. The 22 cottage suites are nestled amidst native bush around the estate and all are within walking distance of the hotel facilities including the gym, hillside spa and heated swimming pool. Guest rooms and communal areas are bright and welcoming with beamed ceilings, large windows making the most of the views and a contemporary country cottage feel. There are two dining areas and a magnificent cliffside golf course, plus the chance for plenty of hiking and wildlife spotting.

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Breckenridge Lodge £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Vineyard

Breckenridge Lodge is nestled in the picturesque valley of Omarunui, a short drive from the Art Deco city of Napier. Two acres of beautiful gardens surround the property, lined with pathways leading to hidden corners, herb gardens, orchards and areas planted with native trees. A Mediterranean feeling flows through the property and the five suites have private patios overlooking the vineyards below. Chef and owner Malcolm is extremely passionate about food and wine and as such a stay here ensures a gourmet experience.

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Havelock House £££££

  • New Zealand
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Havelock House is a three-room bed and breakfast, set in the foothills of Te Mata Peak and just five minutes’ drive from the charming village of Havelock North. The guest wing houses the spacious bedrooms, comfortable guest sitting room, swimming pool, all-weather tennis court and a peaceful decked area overlooking the rose gardens.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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