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