A culi­nary jour­ney to re­mem­ber

Watch­ing the sun­set from Te Mata Peak is just one high­light when vis­it­ing the Hawkes Bay.

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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.

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