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The Vines, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

by Gaycation Magazine

The Vines Bed & Breakfast Homestay

Bridge Pā is a rural Māori settlement and surrounding area in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, located approximately ten kilometres inland from Hastings. The pā itself comprises approximately seventy households, a school, a meetinghouse of the LDS Church, two marae (Korongata Marae and Mangaroa Marae), a cemetery, and a disused quarry. It is recognised as a premium wine growing area in the Hawke’s Bay region. Wines grown include Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In ancient times the area was blanketed by the pumice tephra of numerous Taupo volcanic events.

Beautiful Grounds

The Vines Bed & Breakfast and Homestay is located on a Bridge Pa luxurious estate built in 2009. They have three double rooms available as well as separate living areas to relax in. There is also a self contained cottage with two rooms, boasting open plan living area and a state of the art kitchen.

They can accommodate up to six people in the main house with three double rooms and two bathrooms. The rooms have high quality linen, a Flat Screen TV/DVD with Sky TV in each room. There are full laundry facilities, Wireless internet connection, and a barbeque for guest use. Picnic hampers plus one, two, or three course dinners are available with advance bookings. Guests can enjoy the large in ground swimming pool.

Outdoor Dining

The Cottage sleeps up to six people and is great for girls or boys weekends or family retreat!

Guests can relax and enjoy the tranquil setting of the thirty acre vineyard in the Hawkes Bay. Meander through the vines or lounge around the swimming pool and enjoy outdoor living.Tickle the taste buds by visiting the range of wineries surrounding the house or treat yourself to the shopping in Hawkes Bay. It is a short drive to Hastings, Havlock North, and Napier. Some of the Hawkes Bays leading wineries and venues are nearby. It is possible to cycle to Abbey Cellars, Alpha Domus Winery, Te Awa vineyard, Trinity Hill and Sileni Estate.

Comfortable Bedrooms

Hastings District is quite historic and is very welcoming of tourists, and features a tourism industry based on ‘lifestyle’ activities rather than attractions. The majority of tourists are domestic, usually ‘weekenders’ from Auckland or Wellington. Hastings largest draw card is the wine and food trail established around the productive hinterland. There are over 75 wineries in the surrounding area, including New Zealand’s oldest winery restaurant (Vidal Estate). Boutique food industries are becoming popular with cheese, fine meats, and locally produced delicacies seen on display at the Hawkes Bay Farmer’s Market (New Zealand’s oldest and largest weekly farmer’s market).

The Cottage Kitchen Area

Outdoor leisure activities dominate, with beaches, river, mountain biking, tramping, and golf, being popular. In summer, many large scale events attract domestic tourists including the Spring Racing Carnival, The Blossom Parade, Harvest Hawkes Bay Weekend, and various concerts and events usually held at wineries. Hastings’ specialist attractions include: Hawke’s Bay’s largest amusement park, a water park called ‘Splash Planet’, which replaced ‘Fantasyland’ near the turn of the millennium, Cape Kidnappers (The world’s largest mainland Gannet colony), Te Mata Peak, and access to an abundance of nature reserves and mountain treks.

Whatever you are seeking to enjoy on your vacation it can be found close to the Vines Bed&Breakfast.

Book Now Website: www.thevines.co.nz

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