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We help our guests plan their Hawkes Bay adventures. Frequently guest comment that they wished they had allocated more time for their Hawkes Bay holiday.  We recommend to guests that they need to allow a minimum of 2 days to see the area.  


We have a number of guests who stay with us simply for much needed R & R time and want to just relax and enjoy the amenities.

Have fun in the heated pool, relax in the spa, or kick back in the sun loungers or outdoors lounge suite on the deck. Surround music or outdoors TV – your choice. Immerse yourself in one of our many books before a toasty fire, or use our gym equipment. We provide bikes to tour the lovely Hawkes Bay, or you can have a round of golf. Take advantage of Ewen's extensive knowledge of local wine and wineries, or simply while away the time in our woodland glade.


There are four major golf courses close by. The 5 star award winning par 71 golf course at Cape Kidnappers, the Hawkes Bay Golf Club where the doves watch the golfers, Maraenui Golf Course is a fine course just off Marine Parade in Napier, and the Napier Golf Club "Waiohiki" is the oldest Golf Club in Hawke's Bay, having celebrated its Centenary in 1996.


Welcome to the 'Cycling Capital of New Zealand'. There is an extensive network of cycling and walking off-road pathways linking Napier and Hastings and as well as coastal and country settlements. You can ride the coast from Bayview to Clifton, or cycle out to the country at Puketapu, the Gimlett Gravels wineries or the Tukituki Valley.


Hawkes Bay is New Zealand's second largest wine growing area. 80% of New Zealand's red varietals are grown here. There are a large variety of grape varietals grown in Hawkes Bay but the area is renowned for the Bordeaux style wines, Syrah and Chardonnay.  With over 100 vineyards and 80 wineries, many with cellar doors and restaurants, visitors to Hawke's Bay should encounter the regions wonderful wine at some stage of their visit. Acclaimed vineyards such as Unison Wines, Mission Estate, Church Road, Craggy Range, Black Barn, Esk Valley, Trinity Hill, Elephant Hill, Te Mata and a great deal more provide award winning Red and White wines. 


With fine dining and many cafés, there is dining to suit all tastes. Within 10 minutes of Watea there are many and varied dining experiences from top of the line to pub type meals, cafes etc.  Craggy Range, Elephant Hill and The Old Church Restaurant and Bar, The Mission, The Store, Pacifica, Mint, Indigo, 1024 are all highly renowned and offer superb dining experiences.


With mountains, sea coast and everything in between, adventures abound. The Hawkes Bay is rich in Māori culture for you to discover. Forest reserves and huge stretches of coastland provide rich wildlife. The Gannett Colony, Te Mata Peak, Art Deco are all things we recommend to our guests.