Insider’s Guide to Hawke’s Bay
Insider’s Guide to Hawke’s Bay
Tucked between Hastings, Napier, Havelock North and Taradale, No 5 Café & Larder offers something out of the ordinary. Along with seasonal food, enjoy Hawthorne, Hawke’s Bay handcrafted coffee, or a selection of NZ Live teas, topped off with locally processed Origin Earth milk. The larder purveys unique items from the Hawke’s Bay and around the globe.
Best for wine
With 72 wineries and a maritime climate similar to Bordeaux, the Hawke’s Bay is a perfect home for more than 80 per cent of New Zealand’s plantings of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah grapes, as well as rich and complex chardonnays. You won’t have go far to find somewhere to combine great local wine and produce: our pick is Terrôir Restaurant at Craggy Range, which comes with a beautiful view of Te Mata Peak. Or try a drop from Te Mata Estate, the oldest winery in Hawke’s Bay.
Where to stay
Ormlie Lodge, a beautiful boutique hotel in a historic home in Taradale, is the perfect place for a weekend away. Built in 1899, and set in five hectares of gardens, the lodge features its own gourmet restaurant. In the morning, enjoy breakfast on the veranda, taking in garden views, or explore the property.
A Hawke’s Bay highlight?
Tremains Art Deco Festival in February is a four-day celebration of the area’s architecture and heritage, featuring everything from parades, shows, outdoor concerts, classic cars, food and wine festivals, fashion shows and more. An estimated 40,000 people come to Napier just for this event.
Hawke’s, Hawkes and Hawke
Apostrophe or no apostrophe? Captain Cook, who came up with this name in 1769, first recorded it as “Hawke’s Bay”. A day later he used “Hawkes Bay” and the official map of voyages use the same form. In those days, spelling and punctuation were often inconsistent. Despite the fact that apostrophes are discouraged in place names, Hawke’s Bay became the official name because this form was used in early statutes and official documents. Even so, many spell the name without the apostrophe.
Martin King is dealer principal at Hawke’s Bay Peugeot, Hastings. King started out as a technician and has worked his way to become an owner of the business. A proud family man – father to daughters Bronnie (8), Penny (6) and Stella (4) – King recommends a great day out at Waimarama Beach, about 20 minutes drive from Havelock North. It’s a long, sandy beach that never gets too crowded, even in the height of summer. The kids can swim – it’s patrolled on weekends from December to March – or you can walk, surf, or fish. Great ice-creams, too.
TEST DRIVE TODAY: Peugeot 2008 SUV
The new Peugeot 2008 SUV is Martin King’s drive of the month. As Peugeot’s first compact SUV, this is an exciting vehicle, especially as it’s paired with the PureTech International Engine of the Year. With the new Grip Control feature, you have the ability to explore all that the Hawke’s Bay region has to offer with no fear or hesitation. Combined with New Zealand satellite navigation as standard, you can travel the region from top to bottom. Head on in to see the team at Peugeot to test drive the new 2008 SUV for yourself.