For a moment, you might think you are in France. But it really is New Zealand. One vineyard more beautiful than the next. Gorgeous driveways, majestic farms and New Zealand’s famous hospitality. And grape vines as far as the eye stretches of course! If you love cycling and a nice glass of wine, than Napier is the perfect base. Rent a bike at one of the local companies and leisurely cruise through the vineyards. Napier is situated in Hawke’s Bay, a very fertile area thanks to the high amount of sunshine hours a year. Really everything grows out there! Not only grapes, but also peaches, apricots, apples, pears and berries for instance. You can buy these treats everywhere at little stalls along the road in the fruit season (summer months).
Pick your winegrower
The Winery Trail takes you past a fair amount of vineyards. Tip: pick a few beforehand which you really want to visit. We were a bit too enthusiastic and stopped at every farm we encountered (no, we didn’t do wine tasting at all of them!). By the time it was time for our lunch, we only had pedalled 10 kilometers. That didn’t progress. During the afternoon session we decided on only visiting the award-winning wineries, but even that turned out to be a time-consuming chore.