Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Travel Bulletin - - WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS -

With its abun­dance of vine­yards and an­nual av­er­age of 2,200 sun­shine hours per year, sunny Hawkes Bay is a beau­ti­ful – yet un­der­stated – des­ti­na­tion for pop­ping the ques­tion.

Sur­rounded by rolling green hills, lush land­scapes and panoramic coastal ar­eas, this east coast des­ti­na­tion is a favourite among cruise oper­a­tors Holland Amer­ica, Princess Cruises and P&O, who all make port-calls to ex­plore this sunny sea­side town.

Known as the art deco cap­i­tal of the world, Napier cel­e­brates its iconic ar­chi­tec­ture and pays homage to those lost dur­ing the dev­as­tat­ing 1931 earth­quake ev­ery Fe­bru­ary, with a Gatsby-es­que themed festival which show­cases the strength of the city and its peo­ple.

More than 125 events are usu­ally planned per year for the festival, which in­cludes vin­tage car pa­rades, fash­ion shows, din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, and out­door con­certs – with the en­tire city play­ing its part to trans­port visi­tors back to the time of glitz and glam­our by em­brac­ing 1930’s at­tire when out and about.

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