Hawkes Bay

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

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