Hawke’s Bay Adventure

Hawke’s Bay Adventure

From $ 1,455 AUD


Make for the mild climate, lush vineyards, long stretches of beautiful beach, picturesque peaks and coastal plains of Hawke’s Bay with this four-day Intrepid local adventure on the North Island. Begin among the Art Deco pastels of Napier and get an inside insight into the story and buildings that make the town unique. Taste local flavours among the vineyards that make this one of the oldest and best wine regions in the country. Get active along the coast, learn the tribal history and traditions of Hawke’s Bay with a local Maori guide, and get back to nature with two nights on an eco-lodge set on a regenerative farm. This trip has everything you need from a local adventure.

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  • Enjoy an insight into the unrivalled Art Deco architecture of Napier, hearing the stories and heading behind the scenes with a special tour to some of the town’s best looking buildings.
  • Get a taste for the Bay’s famously fantastic produce during a wine tour with your leader. Sip and graze your way around several of our favourite local wineries.
  • Jump in the saddle for a ride through the best sights of Napier, through the vibrant suburb of Ahuriri and the peaceful countryside, past landmarks that tell the story of the area’s culture and history, and Pacific Ocean views.
  • Uncover the stories, traditions and kaitiakitanga work of the Maori people of Hawke’s Bay as you take a journey through the lives of a local tribe.
  • Stay at a beautiful eco-lodge on a regenerative farm – experience the farm life while lending a helping hand and choose from a number of optional activities to explore the scenic property.


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

Day 1 - Napier
Welcome to your Hawke’s Bay getaway here in the North Island. Join your group and leader at 10 am at a centrally located meeting place in Napier, rebuilt as an Art Deco haven after an earthquake in the 1930s. After a welcome meeting, when your leader will give you an overview of the upcoming itinerary, enjoy a special insight into the local architecture with an exclusive tour that lets you discover the story behind, and the exterior and some interiors, of a selection of stunning buildings not usually accessible to the public. Afterwards, sip your way around the city during a tour of some of Napier’s best wineries with your leader, who will explain why the region is such a paradise for wine lovers. Drink in some fantastic views, and a few memorable vintages too. You’ll also swing by some local food producers to sample local specialties such as figs, honey and cheese. Tonight, your host will suggest a local restaurant for dinner.
Day 2 - Ahuriri Estuary - Waimarama - Hawke's Bay Eco Lodge
Saddle up after breakfast this morning for a ride north of Napier to an area that was mostly inland sea before the Napier earthquake of 1931. Back in the time of Captain Cook his ship found shelter in the estuary here, and you’ll cycle through the vibrant suburb of Ahuriri and the peaceful countryside, past landmarks that tell the story of the area’s culture and history, and enjoy Pacific Ocean views. The Ahuriri Estuary (Te Whanganui a Orotu) is the remains of an extensive pre-earthquake lagoon, home to endangered wetland wildlife, native and migratory birds and a nursery for ocean-going fish. The wider estuary area contains a wildlife sanctuary in the wetlands, recreational pond area, cycle pathways and farmland. Cycle back to Napier and enjoy some free time to grab some lunch. In the afternoon head south to Waimarama for a chance to get to know the tribal history and traditions of the area with a local Maori guide. Waimarama beach was one of the stopping points of the great migratory canoe Takitimu in Maori tradition, and you’ll see why and where the Maori stayed, establishing the Hakikino fortress in the nearby hills. Learn more about tribal history and traditions, and drop into a native plant nursery and conservation area to understand how the Maori here are working to protect, restore, and reserve areas of remaining bushland. Afterwards, drive to your accommodation near Elsthorpe for the next two nights, an eco-lodge designed to connect you back to the land. Stop along the way for a quick drink at a tavern, a community hub near the Tuki Tuki river where you can mingle with the locals and the resident fox terriers, getting a real slice of local life. Then head on to the lodge, which overlooks a 40-hectare lake.
Day 3 - Hawke's Bay Eco Lodge
Your accommodation is focused on not just sustainability, but regenerating the land while farming. After breakfast this morning – made with fresh produce straight from the property – you’ll take a tour of the farm and find out how the owners’ introduction of silvopasture has improved the health of the soil, the animals and biodiversity, and how the farm strives for a positive impact on the land and surrounding community. Follow the farmer as pigs are fed, eggs collected, cows milked and livestock shifted. If you’re feeling in the agricultural mood, then there are a heap of other farm jobs you can observe or lend a hand to. Afterwards you’re free to make the most of the farm’s 1500 acres – perhaps try trout fishing in the nearby Tuki Tuki river. This evening join your group and celebrate the end of your Hawke’s Bay adventure with a final dinner that makes the most of the farm’s fresh produce.
Day 4 - Napier
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to Napier where your tour ends at approximately 11am.
Day 5 - Napier
Savour your final farm fresh breakfast before you return to Napier, where your Hawke’s Bay adventure comes to an end.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-09-202129-09-2021AUD $ 1,455-
07-11-202110-11-2021AUD $ 1,585-
05-12-202108-12-2021AUD $ 1,490-
09-01-202212-01-2022AUD $ 1,535-
13-02-202216-02-2022AUD $ 1,535-
06-03-202209-03-2022AUD $ 1,630-
03-04-202206-04-2022AUD $ 1,630-
01-05-202204-05-2022AUD $ 1,535-
05-06-202208-06-2022AUD $ 1,535-
10-07-202213-07-2022AUD $ 1,535-
07-08-202210-08-2022AUD $ 1,535-
04-09-202207-09-2022AUD $ 1,535-
09-10-202212-10-2022AUD $ 1,535-
06-11-202209-11-2022AUD $ 1,675-
04-12-202207-12-2022AUD $ 1,675-


Hotel (1 night),Eco Lodge (2 nights)


Private vehicle,bicycle