Local food and wine in Hawke's Bay
With some of the New Zealand’s best restaurants, iconic food events, and an abundance of fresh produce, it's fair to say food is in their DNA. See the below suggestions to make the most of your time in the Hawkes Bay region and start (or end) your Classic New Zealand Wine Trail journey on a high.
Visitor artisan producers
Start the day discovering the tastes of Hawke’s Bay by following a self-guided trail. Visit farm gates, artisan food producers and food-destination outlets for fruit, honey, cheese, olives, wine, chocolate and much more. Collect a copy of the Hawke's Bay Wine & Food Map from any Hawke’s Bay i-SITE visitor centre.
Visit the Silky Oak Chocolate Company
The Silky Oak Chocolate Company is heaven on earth for Chocoholics! Visit Silky Oak Chocolates to tempt your taste buds and learn more about the evolution of this delicious indulgence. Start with the chocolate shop for gifts, relax in the cafe, and then explore the chocolate museum.
Check out Hawke's Bay's range of farmers' markets
If you are in the region on a weekend, make sure you check out the markets. Here you’ll find the region's ﬁnest growers and artisan producers supply their wares so you can buy direct from the source. Meet the growers and producers as you discover the diverse range of fresh produce and genuine artisan products.
Enjoy lunch at a winery restaurant
Spoil yourself with lunch in the vines and one of the many vineyard restaurants. From casual to fine dining, degustation dinners or just a cheeky sweet treat, you are guaranteed to find something that your taste buds will thank you for.
Join a local tour
Take an afternoon wine tour with a local guide by van, bicycle or even helicopter. Hawke's Bay has award-winning tour businesses that offer experiences for everyone. Whether it's a guided meander around the wineries by car or bike or a scenic tour that takes in the highlights of Hawke's Bay, they have you covered.
Have a sunset dinner in seaside Ahuriri
Five minutes drive from Napier’s CBD, the historic seaside village of Ahuriri is packed with delicious dining options to suit every appetite. Head to the bustling West Quay, and take your pick from the gastro pubs, and enjoy dinner while you watch the sunset over the harbour.
Coffee container cool
Hawke's Bay has joined the container coffee revolution. These low-footprint establishments have created new hotspots to grab your morning or lunchtime fix, and often partner with food trucks on weekends to create pop-up gatherings to enjoy the Hawke's Bay sunshine.
Visit the breweries and cideries
Hawke's Bay may be the home of wine, but craft beer and cider scene in Hawke's Bay is 'hopping' along nicely. Whether you're a beer aficionado or just enjoy the occasional amber brew, the talented folk at our breweries and cideries will help you find the perfect drop.
Sample wine at the cellar doors
Pick up a Hawke’s Bay Wine & Food Map, available from local cellar doors and local i-SITE visitor centres, and sample wines at one of the region's renowned winery cellar doors. With more than 30 to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding where to start.
Continue to Wairarapa
To continue the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, drive south through the Tararua district to the boutique vineyards of the Wairarapa. An easy circuit through pastoral landscapes to outlying vineyard clusters and charming small villages. Allow half a day for the drive and on the way, stop at the historic Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka.Travel south