Ep7: New Zealand Spring road trips, part 2


On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, we take a frolic around the country, showcasing a variety of spring getaways. We head to the Art Deco capital of Napier, before jaunting through the riches of Central Hawke’s Bay. There’s head turners galore in Wairarapa, plus we pay tribute to the nation’s best highway pie and pastry stops.

Scenic Hotel Te pania, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel, Te Pania. Photo: Scenic Hotels Group

Jaunting through the Art Deco Capital of Napier. We take a guided tour with the Art Deco Trust to sort out a zigzag from a ziggurat, check out some great city eats, hit the cycle trails around Napier’s coastal communities, delve into the Urban Winery at the National Tobacco Building and hand-feed penguins at the National Aquarium.

Napier Art Deco New Zealand
Napier Art Deco. Photo: Hawke’s Bay NZ

Exploring Central Hawke’s Bay. Strike out into the Hawke’s Bay hinterland, starting with Hastings which boasts its own impressive trove of art deco architecture. We profile a fabulous self-driving touring route, “The Road Less Travelled” which serves up a highlights reel of the Central Hawke’s bay’s scenic grandeur, in addition to the astonishing country homesteads and storybook villages like Ongaonga. Plus we recommend a stop at Junction Wines.

Central Hawke's Bay vineyards New Zealand
Central Hawke’s Bay vineyards. Photo: Hawke’s Bay NZ

Free-roaming Wairarapa. A frolic with Wairarapa is flavourful at anytime of year, with a staggering array of distinctive attractions like the Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre and Stonehenge Aotearoa which has been immeasurably enhanced with the Star Safari dark sky tours. We head to the coastal bolthole of Castlepoint and the village of Tinui, famous as the site of our first Anzac memorial service. Plus we highlight some great Wairarapa eats.

Martinborough Vineyards New Zealand
Martinborough Vineyards. Photo: Peppers

Great Highway Pastry and Pie stops. If there is one universal truth about great Kiwi road-trips, it’s  our highways are awash with amazing pastry and pie stops. We all have our favourite go-to haunts for the best flaky, buttery, ooze-filled, golden one-handed meals! It’s a highly subjective matter. But Kiwi Tripsters have rounded up some pet pastry picks that deserve to be threaded into the ultimate Kiwi roadie, from the Fairlie Bakehouse to Viv’s Kitchen.

Burleigh Pies New Zealand
Burleigh Pies. Photo Mike Yardley
  • 01:04 Art Deco city of Napier
  • 08:11 Hastings
  • 14:01 Wairarapa
  • 19:40 Pastry shops along New Zealand's highways

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