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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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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