Keen to explore New Zealand’s wine country, and want the freedom to do what you like, when you like? Hiring a campervan or a motorhome is the perfect solution. With many different listings covering different preferences, options and amenities, Camplify can find you a van within the Hawkes Bay wine region that will ensure you have the perfect van life road trip.
Located on the east side of New Zealand’s North Island, five large rivers flow into the crescent of Hawkes Bay itself, making the surrounding inland areas rich and fertile - perfect for producing beautiful wines. Wineries dot the plains and hills of the inland Hawkes Bay area, offering gorgeous views and fine dining experiences to compliment every variation of their world famous wines.
As well as giving life to the area’s wineries, the rivers in the Hawkes Bay region make for excellent hiking and day walks. A variety of different landscapes, from soaring peaks to open green plains means there are walks available for every age and fitness level. The Lake Waikaremoana Trail is listed as of the nine Great Walks of New Zealand, and provides a stunning Lord of the Rings style nature experience. The entire trail is 46 kilometres long, but there are water taxis available for shorter day hikes, and some areas of the trail allow for parking close to the road, to experience shorter sections on foot.
With so many rivers, there are an abundance of waterfalls in the area, each more beautiful than the last. The picturesque Maraetotara Falls are a highlight and an Instagrammers dream. The whole Hawkes Bay area provides beautiful landscapes and excellent vantage points for taking spectacular pictures. The Big Redwood Forest at Te Mata Park is an unbeatable photo location, and worth a look just for the feeling of being dwarfed beneath the towering trees of an old redwood plantation.
Top off your Hawkes Bay road trip with a visit to the spectacular town of Napier. The entire town is built in a well preserved 1930’s Art Deco style and is regarded as one of the best examples of a complete collection of Art Deco buildings in the world. With beautiful wines and scenery, and well maintained historical architecture to boot, the Hawkes Bay region is the best example of everything the North Island has to offer.