Jun 26, 2024

A wine romance in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is a popular family destination with plenty of activities for children to enjoy. However, if you are looking for a romantic mini break with your loved one, you won't be short on inspiration in New Zealand’s Food and Wine Country.

Whether you are a golf lover or not, the Rosewood Cape Kidnappers, perched atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs dropping dramatically to the Pacific Ocean, is the ultimate romantic getaway. Set on 6,000 acres of pastoral land, the property is a haven for golfers and nature lovers with a golf course designed by Tom Doak, and home to the largest privately funded wildlife restoration project in New Zealand, the Cape Sanctuary.

Expansive views where the ocean meets the horizon, thoughtful architecture, cleverly curated interiors, and an unparalleled attention to detail, this luxury hideaway has everything you need for a romantic weekend in the Great Wine Capital of Hawke’s Bay.  With only 24 rooms and suites, this intimate hideaway invites you to surrender to a slower and simpler pace of living. The property is known for its destination experiences such as farm tours, nature walks, and golfing, all of which immerse you in the area’s peaceful and picturesque surroundings. Additional on-site amenities include spa treatment rooms with a tranquil infinity pool, and a fine dining restaurant led by Chef James Honore. Chef Honore has a focus on presenting local seasonal produce. What can’t be grown or foraged on the property and coast comes from as close by as possible, with ingredients featuring only when they are at their seasonal best.

Whilst you may find it hard to leave this secluded haven, you are not far from countless award-winning wineries delivering exceptional and innovative tasting experiences. The Smith & Sheth Heretaunga Studio takes wine tasting to a new level. It is an intimate theatre and barrel hall in one, with your own personal sommelier and storyteller to guide you on an in-depth exploration of the world of wine.

If you feel like getting a bit more active, you can explore the wine trails with bikes hired from a number of locations across Hawke’s Bay or take a walk in the romantic Redwoods of Te Mata Peak park. Unwind after with a glass of one of the regions 38 varieties of wine and a long winery lunch savouring the best of the locally grown produce. You’ll be spoilt for choice in Hawke’s Bay, so it’s no surprise the region is one of the most popular destinations for romantic proposals and picture perfect weddings!


Credit: Rosewood Cape Kidnappers