Hawkes Bay & Wharekauhau Retreat

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    Departures between 16 Oct – 30 Nov 2020: NZ$2865* pp twin share / Sole occupancy surcharge NZ$650 pp

    Discover a special part of NZ and extraordinary Wharekauhau Lodge. Meander from the Hawkes Bay to the Wairarapa – food and wine,  outstanding architecture, magnificent landscapes, wineries, wonderful bird and wildlife encounters AND a 3 night stay at Wharekauhau Lodge!


    • Car rental – Napier to Wellington, 6 days, unlimited kilometres, standard insurance
    • 2 nights Craggy Range Cottages
    • Art Deco tour Napier in a vintage car
    • Half Day Gannet Safari tour to Cape Kidnappers
    • 3 nights Wharekauhau Lodge, Palliser Bay
    • Meals as detailed.
    • Detailed day by day itinerary    


    Day 1:  Napier – Havelock North
    Napier – gateway to the Hawkes Bay is like stepping into a 1930s film set. Famous for its Art Deco heritage – play the part on your guided tour in a vintage car. Walk the Sea Walls mural collection, and the beautifully restored Marine Parade, or climb Te Mata Peak – explore as you want.  Fertile soils and a temperate climate, Hawke’s Bay is among New Zealand’s leading producers of wine. Overnight at Craggy Range Cottages.

    Day 2: Havelock North – Cape Kidnappers. (B)
     Explore boutique Havelock North before an afternoon guided safari through Cape Kidnappers Station to the Gannet Colony. Up to 20,000 birds populate the colony on dramatic cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean. Overnight at Craggy Range Cottages.

    Day 3: Havelock North – Wharekauhau Lodge, Palliser Bay. (B, D)
    There is much to see enroute to the Wairarapa and Wharekauhau. Travel via quintessential rural communities – the Scandinavian influenced towns of Norsewood and Dannevirke, the ‘ famous in NZ’ Eketahuna and Mt Bruce Wildlife centre, Carterton – home to authors and artists and vintage shops, and gorgeous Greytown – beautifully restored Victorian buildings and one of NZ’s premiere boutique shopping destinations. Overnight Wharekauhau Lodge, Martinborough.

    Day 4: Wharekauhau Lodge: (B, D)
    A wake up and pinch yourself moment. Relax at the Lodge enjoying food, wine and activities, or explore the Palliser Bay area.  Wharekauhau sits on 3,000 acres of private land with ancient forests, sloping pastures, peaceful lakes and the wild and beautiful coastline of the Palliser Bay.  Set high on the hill with a spectacular view, yet still with an intimate feel, this is where William & Kate and Prince George started their NZ tour here, and you can enjoy a special retreat here too.

    DAY 5: Wharekauhau Lodge & Martinborough: (B, D)
    Continue your spring retreat at Wharekauhau, or head up the road to Martinborough – famous for it’s 20 something vineyards – most which are within walking or cycling distance of the village square, or maybe hike the Putangirua Pinnacles. Overnight Wharekauhau Lodge, Martinborough.

    Day 6: Wharekauhau Lodge – Featherston – Wellington: (B)
    Drive to Featherston via Lake Wairarapa and the 9,000 hectare Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park.  Featherston at the base of the Remutaka Hill is a welcome stop for coffee, quirky vintage op shops,  the artisan C’est Cheese shop, and for train enthusiasts the Fell Locomotive Museum. Leave wonderful Wairarapa and head ‘over the hill’ to Wellington.

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