Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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.