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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.


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Gannets, Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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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Vineyards in Napier, New Zealand

Wine Tasting

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

Maori Meeting House, Rotorua, New Zealand

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.

The Dome, Art Dec Architecture, Napier, New Zealand

Explore Napier

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

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

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.

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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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Why Choose Steppes?

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