• Hawkes Bay

Local highlights

all within 15 minutes of our base

  • Cape Kidnappers International Golf Course

    Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,147 yards (6,569 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and with stunning sea views, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs.

  • Te Awanga Estate Winery

    Nestled on an elevated site in the Te Awanga foothills, our Cellar Door has views down through 42 acres of vines, across the Te Awanga basin and out to the Pacific Ocean.
    Decked out in white and plywood, our Cellar Door, with its sea views and salty air, is reminiscent of a New Zealand summer spent relaxing at the bach (holiday home). Chill, take your time, and taste your way across the full Rod McDonald Wines range – Wildsong, Trademark, Quarter Acre, Mister and One Off.

  • Kuku Cottages

    A beautifully decorated private, sunny cottage. Only minutes to the beach, a choice of wineries, Cape Kidnappers world renowned golf course and Hawkes Bay’s famous bike trails. Fully self-contained and ideal for entertaining both inside and out.

  • Clearview Winery

    Established in 1987, owner-operated Clearview Estate is located in Te Awanga on the Cape Coast Hawke’s Bay cycle trail.  The Estate’s restaurant and cellar door are long-established havens of Mediterranean inspired hospitality.

  • Clifton Glamping

    Hidden amongst the rolling hills of Clifton Station – Hawkes Bay, your luxury accommodation with a difference awaits.
    Clifton Glamping, the perfect balance of experience and luxury. Allowing you to enjoy the memorable aspects of camping while appreciating the finer comforts of private luxury accommodation.

  • Te Awanga Cottages

    These two delightful Cottages are situated in a picturesque Hawke’s Bay rural coastal setting; featuring beach walks, cycle trails, wine tasting, golfing and alfresco dining, yet only a 15-20 minute scenic drive to the towns of Hastings, Havelock North and Napier.

  • Elephant Hill Winery

    Elephant Hill is a stunning and innovative winery estate located on the idyllic Te Awanga coast in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

  • Hygge – Clifton Bay Cafe

    Pronounced “hoo-ga”, a great beachside Cafe based on the concept of cozy contentment, and well being. Enjoying the small things in life!

  • Haumoana Farmyard Zoo

    Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo offers a wide range of animals, Horse treks,& Ridding lessons.A picnic area yo accomodate large groups such as Birthdays, work functions & Xmas Parties.

  • “A must-do tour! Can’t get any closer to the gannets. Also managed to get a glimpse of the luxury golf course and lodge. Graham was a wonderful tour guide.”

    claudzperez - December 2021

  • “A wonderful trip with David, our guide, who was very knowledgeable with the odd joke thrown in. Certainly worth the value. I loved the time spent at the gannet colony and couldn't believe how many birds there were and how close we were able to get them. Such a magic experience.”

    Trip Advisor - December 2021

  • “Wonderful tour! Graham was a fantastic guide, knowledgeable and humorous. We didn’t see many gannets at the top due to it being end of season, but overall it was an unforgettable experience which we highly recommend.”

    G G - April 2022

  • “Graham was an awesome tour guide - so knowledgeable and catered the trip and info to the audience. Highly recommended!!”

    Caleb - April 2022

  • “Awesome trip through amazing farm land. Graham was a wonderful tour guide giving informative and entertaining commentary the whole trip.”

    Sandi - April 2022

  • “Throughly enjoyed this experience. The tour guide Tony was fantastic and really made the whole trip. The knowledge and history of the property that was provided was more than we had expected. We didn’t get to see many gannets however to be expected at this time of year. Regardless of this we loved the afternoon. An absolute must do for anyone visiting the region.”

    Cherie Osbaldiston - April 2022

  • “I joined the Safari on Easter Sunday afternoon and really enjoyed it. It was a slightly cold, windy and cloudy day but not too bad. At least there was no rain. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable, explained things in details, not only about the gannets but the geology of the place, its geology, interesting facts, showed us photos, etc.. This is certainly a very interesting trip and you can get a lot of knowledge not only about the birds but Hawke's Bay as well.”

    Marcelo_Toniolo - April 2022

  • “Was an awesome experience. Spectacular views and scenery to and from the Gannet Colony and around the area.And of course the Gannets, such beautiful birds and the amazing history of them. There weren’t as many there as a lot had already made their migration to Australia and elsewhere. Rob is very knowledgeable and experienced, was very humorous and lovely to listen to. He positioned the bus at a certain angle to protect us from strong winds and prepared a lovely cup of tea.”

    Jean Merrilees - April 2022

  • “This was a fabulous tour, with so much more, than initially expected. Tony was a wonderful tour guide, very informative as well as been entertaining. The gannets were very amusing & the scenery superb. We would highly recommend this tour.”

    Jenny M - April 2022

  • “We booked this tour after our beach tractor gannet tour cancelled. Sometimes these things are meant to be - we had the most wonderful time on this tour. Graham our driver and tour guide was amazing - friendly, fun, and so knowledgeable! The trip over the farmland was fascinating and fun, and the gannets themselves were extraordinary! We visited in early April when the chicks were large and preparing to leave home, but there were still many adults and chicks still onsite. We had the most wonderful trip, thankyou Graham!”

    StaceyCheer - April 2022

  • “Very unexpected tour that was so much more than seeing the gannets at the end - thought we would just see a few chicks hiding under M & D! Got a great history of land ownership and the use changed was interesting. Conservation undertakings and how it all linked to NZ native species management was new to us. Bus as safe and comfortable as could be on the rough roads. Great commentary from Tony. Coming back in Sep/Oct to see baby chicks and parents reuniting.”

    James Corbett - April 2022

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