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NZ Bush Tip No. 6

Visit the Otago region in Autumn (late March) for the most spectacular display of fall colour.

 
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Hawkes Bay

In 1931, when a huge earthquake levelled most of Napier, no one would have imagined that the rebuild would create the world's highest concentration of Art Deco architecture. Today, people come from around the world to see so many intact, living examples of the Deco style. Add in endless sunshine, some of the best vineyards in the country and the world's largest onshore gannet colony, and you'll certainly want to visit.

Must experience:

  • Visit Cape Kidnappers gannet colony
  • Take a trip to Napier – Art Deco Mecca
  • Walk up Te Mata peak from the Tuki Tuki Valley
  • Check out as many vineyards as possible
  • Drive to Waimarama Beach the long way via the beautiful Maraetotara Road
  • Relax in the outdoor spa on Napier's waterfront

Facts at a glance

  • Hawkes Bay is renowned for its horticulture, with large orchards and vineyards on the plains. In the hilly parts of the region, sheep and cattle farming predominates, with forestry blocks in the roughest areas.
  • Cape Kidnappers was given its name by Captain Cook in 1769 after the local Maoris unsuccessfully tried to kidnap his interpreter.
  • Most young gannets have never flown even a test flight before heading off the cliffs of Cape Kidnappers on a 3000 km flight to eastern Australia.

Accommodation


‘The Farm’ as it is called, promises to be a five star experience like its sister lodge Kauri Cliffs

Cape Kidnappers lodge is set on a 6,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, which encompasses land reminiscent of Montana
Cape Kidnappers lodge is set on a 6,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, which encompasses land reminiscent of Montana, but here the cliffs plunge 800 feet straight into the sea

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