A culinary journey to remember
Watching the sunset from Te Mata Peak is just one highlight when visiting the Hawkes Bay.
Te Mata Peak is not only one of the first places in the world to see the sun rise each morning but also one of the best places in the world to watch it set. With stunning 360 degree panoramic view, there are few places that offer vistas as dramatic as those from Te Mata Peak. Add a glass of premium New Zealand bubbles to the equation and the scene is set for a truly amazing ‘Champagne sunset’. That’s how Odyssey New Zealand likes to watch the sun disappear each evening on its critically acclaimed Twilight Odyssey: The world’s first progressive winery dinner, which takes you on a culinary journey across the Hawke’s Bay region. The experience allows you to indulge in top local produce accompanied by a plethora of exceptional wines at a selection of the region’s top dining venues – all in one truly memorable evening. Contrast the grandeur of the country’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, with the contemporary masterpieces of Craggy Range or Elephant Hill and soak up the atmosphere among the giant barrels at Vidal Estate. Odyssey New Zealand takes you on a culinary adventure of great proportions, filled with beautiful scenery and epic architecture. The conviviality begins at Vidal Estate with an interactive wine tasting as you share platters loaded with the best and freshest local ingredients. A Spaniard, Anthony Joseph Vidal came to New Zealand in 1905 and built his winery in a converted racing stable, becoming one of New Zealand’s early wine innovators. Today, the Vidal legacy continues and is captured in the ambiance of the Vidal winery restaurant and Vidal’s award-winning wines, created with food in mind. New Zealand’s first winery restaurant opened its doors here in 1979, on the original winery site where Anthony’s passion for sharing wine with great food and good friends lives on today. With the mood for the evening set, you continue the journey to the top of Te Mata Peak, 399m above sea level. Maori legend has it that a giant named Te Mata died on this spot while proving his love to a beautiful
maiden, Hinerakau, and his prostrate body forms Te Mata Peak. A glass of premium New Zealand bubbles helps awaken the imagination and aids absorption of the legendary views. We now descend into the picturesque Tuki Tuki valley, where Craggy Range winery nestles under the dramatic landscape of Te Mata Peak. The restaurant is named Terroir, reflecting that the food, the vineyard’s wine and its culture come together in a unique and dramatic setting. Terroir provides fabulous New Zealand cuisine with a French country theme. Every wine comes from a specific vineyard site that provides its own unique taste imprint and will enhance the fresh, seasonal local produce used in Terroir’s dishes, guaranteeing a fantastic food and wine experience. From the cutting edge contemporary architecture of Craggy Range, Odyssey New Zealand then continues the voyage to the opulent setting of the country’s oldest and grandest winery, the Mission Estate. Mission Estate is the birthplace of wine in New Zealand. Established in 1851 by pioneering French missionaries, the winemaking approach at Mission is a blend of old world artistry and new world technology, with a focus always on developing elegant, food-friendly wines of superior structure and texture. Here you will indulge in some of the region’s finest desserts, accompanied by some of Mission’s award-winning dessert wines, and enjoy sweeping views of Napier city and the coast beyond. The perfect end to a perfect evening.
We begin our journey out to sea and are instantly welcomed by marine wildlife, as birds soar overhead and seals bask in the seas stillness.
A Twilight Odyssey is without a doubt the best way to explore Hawke’s Bay while you spoil yourself along the way with the very finest food, wine, scenery and architecture - a true taste of the amazing gifts this region has to offer. This is just one of the many exceptional experiences provided by Odyssey New Zealand that contributed to them being named runner up for World’s Best Tour Operator at the World Food & Beverage Tourism Awards. The World Food Travel Association’s inaugural awards acknowledge excellence in food and beverage tourism experiences around the world, with over 30,000 members in 135 countries. Founder and managing director Gareth Kelly said “We are delighted to be able to do our part to help re-enforce New Zealand’s place on the map as one of the world’s great culinary tourism destinations. Our produce, wineries and restaurants are world class and it is a privilege to help showcase them to our international and domestic visitors. We have a great team here at Odyssey New Zealand who are passionate about showing our guests the best our regions have to offer and we are grateful to our world class suppliers who allow us to help share their wonderful experiences and product.” Odyssey New Zealand has well over a decade of experience operating premium wine and gourmet experiences and has operations in both Hawke’s Bay and Queenstown. Like our winemakers, they have taken old world techniques and crafted them to new world standard.