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Hawke's Bay

Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Our most recommended Hawke's Bay Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Napier: Wine, Gin, & Craft Beer Tour with Included Tastings

1. Napier: Wine, Gin, & Craft Beer Tour with Included Tastings

Each winery will offer between 4-7 wines for a tasting split between reds and whites. Chardonnay is the dominant white wine variety produced in Hawkes Bay, but lovers of Sauvignon Blanc should not worry, as you'll also be tasting that at Mission Estate. Shiraz and Bordeaux blends are some of the dominant red varieties. The first estate winery you'll visit is Mission Estate, which was established in 1851. The tasting hall and associated restaurant are located in a two-story Victorian mansion that offers magnificent views over the vineyards. The next stop is the Urban Winery, located in the National Tobacco building, which is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. This stop is optional if you wish to enjoy three craft beers of your choosing. Next door is the National Gin Distillery, where you'll get to taste five gins. Then, take a 15-minute drive past the orchards and vineyards of Esk Valley, arriving at Linden Estate. Linden produces only 60,000 bottles of wine split between 13 different varietals. This will be a seated tasting with a complimentary cheese board of New Zealand cheeses.  Afterward, travel back to Napier for drop-off in the early evening.

Napier: Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tour

2. Napier: Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tour

Mission Estate is one of New Zealand's largest wineries, producing 3,600,000 bottles of wine. You will be offered at least 3 red and 3 white wines throughout this experience, with chardonnay being the leading white wine and Merlot and associate Bordeaux blends the leading reds. The Mission restaurant has a wonderful reputation, and the setting is world class. Your luncheon will be a platter made up of cold meats, cheese, bread, fruit, and a small selection of hot seafood. You will be offered a tasting of 3 local craft beers or 4 local wines at the Urban Winery. You will then drive out to the picturesque Esk Valley for the final tasting at Linden Estate. Linden Estate is a boutique winery producing about 60,000 bottles of wine. Linden often has up to 10 wines to taste at once, and this experience offers tour participants great insight into the wines this region can produce. Your tour concludes with a drive out into the vineyard of a private quiet location where you will be provided with a selection of New Zealand cheese and biscuits accompanied by a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. At this point in the tour, your guide will provide you with a brief description of grape-growing techniques.

From Napier: Cape Coast Winery Bike Ride

3. From Napier: Cape Coast Winery Bike Ride

Start off with pickup from your accommodation in Napier City or Havelock North, or make your own way to meet at your host at the shop in Ahuriri, Napier to pick up with your bikes. Then, take a shuttle to the start of your cycling adventure at the Black Barn winery. Te Mata Estate and Akarangi are very close by, so you can start your wine tasting early. With your first winery visits under your belt, cycle for another 3 kilometers to reach Craggy vineyard and see for yourself why the winery was voted Best Winery in Australia. From here, enjoy a 16-kilometer bike ride on the limestone cycle trail following the Tuki Tuki River, to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. Admire stunning views as you cycle the raised stop-bank trail and look out over orchards, vineyards and farmlands. Reaching the coast, be ready to taste some more fine wine at Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate, and Te Awanga Estate. If a local lunch is on your wish-list, your host will also be happy to assist with reservations at Clearview Estate. Te Awanga also offer the best pizzas in Hawke’s Bay and you can sit outside on their green lawn. At the end of the day, you will be collected and transferred back to Ahuriri or your accommodation.

Napier: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting

4. Napier: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover the best of Napier's culture and food scene on this full-day tour. Cruise through the world-famous Art Deco City and hear the tragic story of its destruction by earthquake in 1931 and the subsequent rebuilding of the city as the Art Deco Capital of the world. After pickup, visit Bluff Hill Lookout and admire spectacular views of the surrounding area. Later, drive through the historic fishing port of Ahuriri and see the famous National Tobacco Company building. Continue past the breathtaking Art Deco houses in Napier's Marewa suburb before enjoying a wine tasting at New Zealand's oldest working winery. You will also have the opportunity to sample other regional specialties during your tour, such as fine chocolates at the Silky Oak Chocolate Company and manuka honey at the largest beekeeping business in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, watch live bees at work and learn all about the honey production process at the visitor center. Stop for lunch at Birdwoods Gallery where you can sample local wines and beers, admire artworks in the gallery, visit a traditional-style sweet shop or wander through a beautiful sculpture garden. Complete your tour with a visit to the iconic Te Mata Peak before getting dropped off back at your starting point.

Napier: Private Customizable Tour in a Luxury Vehicle

5. Napier: Private Customizable Tour in a Luxury Vehicle

Start with pickup from your accommodation in a luxury vehicle, or meet your guide a central meeting point in Napier if arriving by cruise ship. Meet your guide who will escort you on a customizable tour of the main sights of Napier and the surrounding areas. Choose to see the sights that interest you the most, as your guide provides local insight throughout the tour. Discover Napier's world-famous Art Deco City. Learn of the tragic story of Napier's destruction by earthquake in 1931 and the subsequent rebuild of the city as the Art Deco capital of the world. Choose to visit Visit Bluff Hill Lookout and enjoy the scenic views of the ocean. Included on this tour is a stop for a wine tasting experience at one of two top local wineries. Then, purchase some of the finest chocolate or fudge at Silky Oak Chocolate Co. Afterward, Explore the visitor center at the largest beekeeping business in the Southern Hemisphere and try unique Manuka honey as you watch live bees at work. Drive through the historic fishing port of Ahuriri and see the famous National Tobacco Co building. Ride through the beautiful open countryside taking in the views of rivers, estuaries, and open farmland. Stop for a bite to eat at Birdwoods Gallery offering local wines & beers, an art gallery, a traditional-style sweet shop plus a beautiful sculpture garden. Finish the day with a drive up to Te Mata Peak for exceptional scenic views.

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What people are saying about Hawke's Bay

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Paul was passionate about the area and very knowledgeable as Kiwis traveling the country we found this activity excellent in his comfortable van and were treated very well highly recommend this tour

We had a great time on the tour. Ross was out your guide and was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend this wine tour to any wine buff, you won’t be disappointed at all.

The best wine tour you could have . The food was fabulous and wine was divine. Ross has the best knowledge of wines and the industry . This the tour to beat all tours .

We had a fabulous afternoon with Ross and fellow wine tasters. Woukd heartily recommend this trip as it was well run, fun and a comfy ride between wineries.

Everything was so well planned and considered, an immensely enjoyable day out