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Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, is not just a feast for the eyes with its stunning landscapes; it's also a haven for food, wine, and beer enthusiasts. This region, often referred to as the culinary capital of the country, offers an exquisite blend of flavours and libations that make it a must-visit destination for any epicurean traveller.
The Gorgeous Creatures team will be writing reviews about our favourite food, wine and beer destinations.
Hawke's Bay is the heart of New Zealand's wine country, celebrated for its diverse and delectable offerings. Recently announced as the 12th “Great Wine Capital” of the world, this region is particularly renowned for its Chardonnay and Syrah, which thrive in its warm, sunny weather, which is similar to Northern France in both soil type and climate.
Take a leisurely tour through the numerous wineries that dot the landscape, sampling award-winning vintages and learning about the winemaking process from passionate vintners. Sip, savour, and soak in the breathtaking vineyard views that stretch to the horizon.
With over 70+ wineries and 30+ cellar doors all your wine tasting dreams will come true in the Hawkes Bay. Many cellar doors close over the winter months so check their website first.
Church Road - Secoind oldest winery in New Zealand
Mission Estate - Oldest winery in New Zealand
Abbey Winery & Brewery
For those who prefer hops and malt, Hawke's Bay also has a thriving craft beer and cider scene. Local breweries offer a wide range of options, from pale ales to stouts, ensuring there's something for every beer enthusiast.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit some of the region's craft breweries, where you can not only taste their brews but also gain insights into the art and science of brewing from passionate experts.
GodsOwn Brewery and Hop Farm - Review & Info
The Filter Room
The fertile soils of Hawke's Bay produce a cornucopia of fresh, high-quality produce. Farm-to-table dining is a way of life here, and the local restaurants showcase this abundance with creative, seasonal menus. This is a huge stone and pip fruit growing region.
The Gorgeous Creatures team love great Asian food, this can be difficult to find in the Hawkes Bay. We haven't tried everywhere yet, but here are the ones we keep going back to. Unfortunately we have not been able to find good Yum Cha in the Hawkes Bay.
Rasoi Indian Resaurant - Almost as good as Anils' mums cooking in the UK. If you eat here order the Rasoi lamb shoulder masala, and the mushroom truffle naan bread. 125 Marine Parade, Napier ph 06 835 4494
Delight Plus Chinese Restaurant - Best Chinese food we can find in Napier. The decor is not great, but the food is still worth going for. We don't have a favourite dish yet; the menu is huge! 249 Dickens St, Napier ph 06 835 6505
Bangkok House Thai Restaurant - Best Thai food we have found so far in Napier. It's all pretty good. 205 Dickens Street, Napier South ph 06 835 5335
Hawkes Bay Farmers Market - The bustling Hawkes Bay farmers' market is a food lover's paradise. You can taste your way through artisanal cheeses, olive oils, sausages, honeycomb, walnut brittle, bread and pastries, plump summer fruits, and gourmet goodies crafted by local artisans. The Hawkes Bay Farmers' Market on is on every Sunday from 8.30am – 12.30am. No dogs sorry. Located at the Waikoko Gardens at Tomoana Showgrounds - entrance is down Kenilworth Road Waipatu in Hastings on the right. Parking is plentiful.
Hawke's Bay celebrates its culinary prowess with various food and wine festivals throughout the year. The F.A.W.C! (Food and Wine Classic) is a standout event that features a series of delectable culinary experiences hosted by the region's top chefs, winemakers, and food producers.
In conclusion, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, is a paradise for food, wine, and beer enthusiasts. Whether you're sipping on world-class wines, savouring farm-fresh cuisine, or enjoying handcrafted brews, the region offers a gastronomic journey like no other. It's a place where the flavours of New Zealand come to life, inviting you to indulge your senses in an unforgettable culinary adventure.