One of the sunniest places in New Zealand, East Coast Hawkes Bay is a beautiful valley dotted with orchards, wineries and market gardens. The freshness of the produce flows through to the restaurants that serve a variety of culinary delights. Enjoy lunch at one of the many award-winning wineries, spend an afternoon shopping and admiring the art-deco UNESCO World Heritage Cultural town of Napier and for those with small children, there is a wonderful playground, aquarium and cycle park designed specifically with families in mind.
Te Mata peak offers up spectacular 360-degree views of this lovely and productive region. You can travel to the top of the peak by car or work off your indulgence by walking one of the many different trails to the summit.