Destination of the Week: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

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Hawke’s Bay is the larder of New Zealand: apples, figs, peaches, squashes and, most notably, grapes. Hugging the east coast of the North Island, this is the country’s oldest wine-growing region, and in April the grapes are being plucked: 4700 hectares of vineyards harvesting 45,000 tonnes of fruit. Still reasonably warm and dry, this is a great time to explore by bicycle. Hawke’s Bay has New Zealand’s biggest network of gentle cycle paths, many of which link wine estates, cafes and cellar doors. Napier, with its art deco architecture and Saturday Urban Food Market, makes a good base. (Excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Where to Go When)

Here are our recommended travel guides and maps for visiting New Zealand’s North Island:

Lonely Planet New Zealand’s North Island
Hema North Island New Zealand Map