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The Classic Wine Trail has more than 100 cellar doors along this 380km sign posted trail! Meet the passionate local wine-makers and share their knowledge of how wine is made. Along the way, stop off and enjoy attractions, farmers markets and soak up the stunning scenery. Hawkes Bay is a leading producer of rich red wines. Start your journey at the art deco city of Napier, and take a safari to Cape Kidnappers, home to the largest gannet colony in the world.
Drive to the summit of Te Mata Peak for a panoramic view of the Hawke’s Bay region, Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountain ranges. Journeying southwards, stop off at cellar doors along the way. Dine on local lamb at world class winery restaurants, taste the regions olives and stock up on fresh produce from artisan food stores and farmers’ markets.
Centered around Martinborough, the Wairarapa is famed for its Pinot Noir and is often owned by family run boutique wineries. Historic Greytown offers a mix of dining and shopping, along with chocolate tasting at Schoc. Take a tour of the Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka and visit the Pūkaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, home to the Kiwi bird. Drive to Cape Palliser to see the fur seals and climb 258 steps to the lighthouse for spectacular views.
Follow the trail southwards to the culinary capital of NZ, Wellington where Sir Peter Jackson calls home. A vibrant city, it is said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York. Compact in size, it is easy to get around as most attractions are within a short walk. Make sure you visit Australasia’s most visited museum — Te Papa.
Passage across the Cook Strait by ferry, one of the most scenic ferry trips in the world. The journey takes 3 hours and highlights include the Red Rock seal colony, Tory Channel, Cook’s Lookout and the beautiful covers of the sounds. Arrive in the picturesque town of Picton, gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. Here you may choose to take a side trip along the Queen Charlotte Track through Havelock to Nelson.
Famed worldwide for its Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is home to over 142 wineries ranging from the iconic Cloudy Bay to small boutique family wine makers. Conclude the Classic Wine Trail by enjoying the region’s wines with local produce from the region including its famous mussels pacific coast seafood, salmon and wild game.
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