Nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, Hawke's Bay is a region that boasts a delightful blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. With stunning landscapes, charming coastal towns, award-winning wineries, and exquisite cuisine, it’ll captivate you with its charm like it has us.
Following devastating weather events in early 2023, this remarkable part of New Zealand needs all the support it can get. While severely affected parts of the region are just beginning to rebuild, there are still many local businesses in areas untouched that are operating and need the visitors. After making a trip recently, Parker & Co owners Lynne & Geoff want to highlight these exceptional Hawkes Bay businesses.
With its world-renowned wines, impeccable hospitality, and breathtaking surroundings, Craggy Range is an idyllic vineyard not to be missed. Choose to enjoy a tasting at the cellar door or dine at the acclaimed on-site restaurant for exceptional food and wine pairings.
For the beer enthusiasts, God's Own Brewery offers the perfect setting for an afternoon of sampling in the sun. From refreshing lagers to bold IPAs, you will be spoilt for choice. Make your beer selection at the repurposed caravan bar and find a seat in the hop garden to enjoy. And if your peckish, wood fired pizzas are on offer from afternoon into the evening.
This stunning course is perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, offering breathtaking views and a challenging, world-class golfing experience. Pack your clubs, book your tee time, and get ready for a golfing adventure unlike any other.
Pedal along the picturesque Hawke's Bay coastline to Te Awanga winery for the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation. You will be greeted with rolling vineyards, sea views, and charming farmhouses, with a glass of wine to welcome you at the end.
Walk off the wineries with a hike up Te Mata Peak. As you make your way up the winding trails, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the Hawkes Bay region. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, contractors, and the city council, the tracks have now been partially re-opened with routes to the summit starting from both the Tauroa Road and Main Gates car parks.
To start your day, Lynne & Geoff recommend a stop at Cupple. Treat yourself to a moreish Yabon pastry alongside your daily hit of espresso.
Whether you're in the mood for something sweet, savoury, or somewhere in between, Brother in Havelock North offers a delicious combination of staple and adventurous dishes that you’ll want to come back again and again for.
For dinner, Geoff and Lynne recommend Pipi in Havelock North for its fresh ingredients, clever recipes, and a cosy atmosphere. The restaurant's menu boasts a range of dishes that highlight the region's seasonal produce and seafood, all prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail.
To close out your day, treat yourself with a visit to Cellar 495 in Hastings. The knowledgeable staff will guide you through their carefully curated selection of wines, featuring both local and international labels. The cellar's rustic decor, complete with exposed brick walls and vintage wooden furniture, creates a warm and inviting feeling that will make you want to stay all night.
When it comes to cocktails, Piku is a cut above the rest. With an impressive selection of unique and expertly-crafted drinks, it’s the perfect place if you are seeking a one-of-a-kind cocktail experience. Enjoy a tipple or two in the courtyard after a day of exploring.
If you're a gin lover, a visit to Hastings Distillery is an absolute must. Their award-winning gin is crafted with care and precision, using a unique blend of botanicals that capture the essence of the Hawkes Bay region.
Nestled in the heart of the wine country, Black Barn Retreats offer an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, you will get to choose from a range of luxury villas, each with their own unique style and features. If you're a foodie, you'll love the delicious farm-to-table cuisine. The on-site restaurant sources ingredients from local farms and artisan producers. And of course, the wine list is extensive and features some of the best drops from the Hawkes Bay region.
Built at the start of the 20th century, the stunning Hawthorn House boasts a rich history and has been lovingly restored to its former glory by owners Peter and Paul. Each room in the house is exquisitely decorated, with attention to detail and a keen eye for design evident in every corner. Located just 10 minutes outside of Havelock North, this boutique accommodation provides a rural setting just a short distance from town.
Let's face it, we can never have too many sunglasses on a weekend away! For day wear, Lynne brought with her a selection of her favourite new arrivals from Loewe, Celine, and Dior. A pair to suit every occasion. For opticals, she took her go-to casual favourite, the Moscot Miltzen with a clip on sunglass. And for a touch of glamour on a Saturday night, Lynne brought the Dior Gemdioro in gold metal.
Pictured from left to right: Celine Baby Audrey, Loewe Rectangular sunglasses, Celine Aviators, Dior Gemdioro
Geoff kept it simple, packing his new Garrett Leight Doc sunglasses in black to take him from the golf course, to Te Mata Peak, and everywhere in between. Along with his Moscot Grober opticals in Pine so he could see the menus and wine lists.
Pictured from left to right: Garrett Leight Doc sunglasses in black, Moscot Grober opticals in Pine.
If you can’t make the trip, donating is another great way to show your support for the region.
Visit www.hawkesbayfoundation.org.nz to find out more.