Abundant in sunshine, beaches and grapes, Hawke’s Bay is the perfect destination to spend your mornings basking in the sun and surf, afternoons exploring the Art Deco capital Napier, and evenings enjoying world class wine and gourmet cuisine. Home to New Zealand’s top restaurant, and the country’s most elaborate celebrations of Matariki — the Maori New Year — Hawke’s Bay is a must-see destination for any wine traveller.
Making wine since 1851
Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s ‘old boy’ wine region, with beginnings dating back to 1851. Situated on the East Coast of the North Island, Hawke’s Bay delights in a long growing season, low rainfall and an annual average of 2220 sunshine hours. Over the last 5 million years, tectonic plate movement has brought up greywacke rock to shape the Kaweka and Ruahine mountain ranges. Major rivers moved and formed valleys and terraces to create over 25 different soil types, from clay loam to limestone to sands and free draining gravels and red metal. Earthquakes have rocked the region, and massive flooding on the Ngaruroro River flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands. After the earthquake in 1931, it left behind 800 hectares —deemed worthless then, but today it’s some of NZ’s priciest land and the most famed New World terroir!