Ahuriri to Havelock North Cycling:
This cycling tour can be guided or self-guided, depending on your preference (18 miles). Departing the port village of Ahuriri follow the Water Ride trail to Napier's renowned art deco architecture. From here you ride south along Marine Parade and enjoy spectacular views out towards Cape Kidnappers, then on to Clive and inland through orchard country to Havelock North. A visit to Te Mata Estate winery is 'a must' before lunching at the acclaimed Black Barn Bistro. After lunch, cycle into Havelock North village where you will then be transferred back to your accommodation.
Havelock North & Cape Coast Wineries Cycling:
This cycling tour can be guided or self-guided depending on your preference (9.6 miles). Start at the small, boutique winery of Red Barrell in Havelock North and then continue on to Black Barn Vineyards where you can taste wine and visit the vineyard gallery. A short ride will then take you to Te Mata Estate winery, before your scenic, off road cycle to the coast through stunning orchard country following the Tuki Tuki River. Enjoy a visit to the rustic Beach House winery and a gourmet lunch at Elephant Hill Estate winery. After lunch, you'll visit two final wineries before you are transferred back to your accommodation.
Cape Kidnappers International Golf Course:
Welcome to Cape Kidnappers International Golf Course (pictured at top), Travel + Leisure Golf's "2004 Golf Course of the year. 140 metres above Hawke Bay, Cape Kidnappers is seaside golf at its finest. The surface is firm and fast, the conditions can be windy, and the player who can control his trajectory will be master of the course. It's an overwhelming experience to stand up on the cliffs, 140 meters above sea level, and look out across the waves far below in Hawke Bay. Though it may be far from home, Cape Kidnappers will remain forever in your heart.
Matau-a-Maui - 'A gift from the sea'
The shape of the Hawke’s Bay coastline resembles a fishhook. According to Māori legend the hook - or matau - once belonged to Maui, the legendary seafarer who used it to haul Te Ika a Maui, ‘The Fish of Maui’, from the inky blue depths of the adjacent Pacific Ocean. Matau-a-Maui - Hawke’s Bay, a gift from the sea.
Privately Guided Tour:
Experience a privately guided tour taking you deep into Hawke’s Bay countryside and culture to visit special people and places - mostly accessing areas of significant historical value and their people - exclusive to your tour guide. A history that can still be told by the wonderful characters who live here both Maori and European. Come and meet these characters of Hawkes Bay and have a wonderful day unlike any other. Half day tours are 4 hours and include a light snack, full day tours are 7 hours and include a picnic lunch.
Wine & Food, Sightseeing, History, Maori Culture & Artists:
Enjoy meeting fascinating artists, view their works, taste our wonderful wines, explore stunning scenery whilst absorbing our history. Spend time with interesting Māori and experience a Powhiri (Māori welcome) visit legendary Te Mata Peak (weather permitting). A platter lunch at a winery restaurant is included. If you wish to continue on to an overland Gannet Visit in the afternoon, Gannet Safaris will collect you from our lunch restaurant. Half day morning or afternoon tour.
Food & Wine Lovers Delight:
Visit the best of our wineries and taste the best of our wines. Guided by a vineyard owner and medal winning wine expert, this is a fantastic day for wine lovers. Visit some of the more innovative wineries in the bay, meet the people involved and hear their stories. We have access to a successful vineyard not open to the public. Barrel tasting available. We also visit special food outlets. Wine lovers on past tours have said this was their best winery tour anywhere. You will spend time with a wine specialist, who provides access to people and areas in the wineries not normally possible.
Maori Culture & Heritage:
These tours offer a rare opportunity to visit a scenic and historic Maori spiritual site with the people who own and treasure the land. Tour options could include: visit to a Marae, experience a Powhiri (Maori welcome) and understand the basic concepts of the Marae, its people and culture. Spend time talking with Maori and sharing experiences. Walk and/or visit Maori artists. Hakakino Pa, set near superb Waimarama Beach on the East Coast. An old fighting Pa with a marvelous history set on beautiful, remote Maori farmland and bush. Experience rural sights, bush and Maori culture accompanied by your local Maori guides.