Hawkes Bay: Napier

Since late January we have been settling into life abroad. We found a shared flat in the city centre, began looking for employment, and decided to put off buying a car. Tough decisions out of the way, it’s time for a break from city life. Eager to explore another part of the North Island we settled on the Hawkes Bay region, known for its beaches and vineyards.

With employment up in the air we needed to do this trip on a budget. Naked bus was the obvious choice with a 6-hour ride via Taupo. If you can afford to hire a car or fly I would recommend doing so. The drive is long with frequent stops and the return trip was delayed.

Our splurge during the weekend was a progressive dinner wine tour in which each course was held at a different winery. Between the first and second course we were driven to Te Mata Peak to watch the sun set with a glass of bubbles. The only disappointment was Craggy Range which provided a glass of wine with the main course rather than a wine tasting.

Dates: 6-9 March 2014
Travel with: Allen
Weather: varied from sun to cool with wind
Accommodation: dorm at YHA Napier-clean with outdoor bbq area. I would recommend this place.

  • self-guided art deco walk;
  • wine tasting at New Zealand Wine Center;
  • Te Mata Peak;
  • mass at St. Patrick’s church (Catholic);
  • Odyssey wine tour-progressive dinner & wine tasting: appetizer platter at Vidal, Main course at Craggy Range, dessert at Mission Estate Winery;
  • Long walks on the beach

Food & Drink:

  • grilled at the hostel;
  • fish and chips from sharkeys;
  • six sisters coffee shop

Transportation: my 1st experience with Naked Bus