Hawkes Bay is synonymous with high sunshine hours, fine wine, produce, and heritage architecture. The regional capital of Napier is set on the shores of the sweeping bay that runs from Cape Kidnappers to the Mahia Peninsula.
Hit by a devastating earthquake in 1931 the towns of Napier and Hastings were both rebuilt in the contemporary styles of the day, Art Deco and Spanish Renaissance. Heritage tours are available with guides or as self guided trails that will take you to the architectural highlights.
Cape Kidnappers features the world's largest, most accessible Gannet nesting colony. You can take an overland safari, helicopter safari or guided walk through the spectacular scenery of Cape Kidnappers Station.
For the golfing enthusiast there is the Cape Kidnappers Golf Course rated by Golf Digest Magazine 2007 as the 10th Best Golf Course outside the United States. Cape Kidnappers is set on a 6,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, which encompasses land said to be reminiscent of Montana but the coastal boundary is an 800 foot drop into the Pacific.
Hawkes Bay is the birthplace of New Zealand wine production with the Mission Vineyard being founded by the Catholic Society of Mary in 1851 and Te Mata Estate being the oldest winery still in production. The growing conditions favor the late maturing grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling but all varieties are well represented throughout the region and amongst award winning labels. Wine tasting and cultural tours are available from Napier.
|Cape Kidnappers Lodge|
The Lodge is set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, which on its coastal boundary, plunges 800 feet into the sea. The cluster of lodge buildings are a combination of stone and weathered wood, the buildings combine rustic materials with comfortable up-to-date furniture, creating the feeling of being in a fine and welcoming home.
|Cape Kidnappers Lodge Owners Cottage|
Ideal for a family or group of friends travelling together. 4 deluxe bedrooms with fireplaces, large bathrooms, walk-in closets, mini-bars and private balconies Large living room with stone fireplace, open kitchen and dining area 2 small sitting rooms with fireplaces, TVs and comfortable seating Entrance foyer, powder room, stone terrace and outdoor jacuzzi The cottage can be rented as a 2 bedroom or 4 bedroom house
|Cape Kidnappers Golf Course|
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course was designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, Cape Kidnappers has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf and is ranked amongst the best golf courses in the world by Golf Magazine.
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