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Hawkes Bay & Lower North Island

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Hawkes Bay & Lower North Island

The Hawkes Bay is one of New Zealand’s top wine producing regions and further South around you can enjoy culture, cuisine in the capital, Welington.

Hawkes Bays warm, temperate climate combined with fertile soils make it New Zealand’s leading producer of full-bodied red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.  They also produce a stunning Chardonnay. The Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine region in New Zealand with 30+ cellar doors, numerous artisan producers, connected by 200km of flat, easy riding cycle trails. Nearby Cape Kidnappers is home to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets and the walking track at Lake Waikaremoana is among New Zealand’s nine Great Walks.

In the lower North Island Martinborough is home to over 20 wineries, most within cycling and walking distance of the quaint village square, packed with colonial charm. The predominately family-owned vineyards produce some of New Zealand’s best Pinot Noirs.

Wellington is New Zealand’s Capital city and boasts and eclectic mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Te Papa Museum on Wellingtons waterfront is one of the best interactive museums in the world and Weta Studios showcases exhibits of props for "Lord of the Rings" & other films.

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