An insider’s view of Hawke’s Bay food, wine, scenery & quirky producers

Experience the best Hawke’s Bay has to offer in food, drink while touring this part of NZ known for its outstanding natural beauty.  On the 4 hour small group tour your expert guide, award winning food writer and world Cheese expert Juliet Harbutt, will take you to her favourite places and makers to assemble everything you need for the perfect lunch at her home overlooking the Black Barn Vineyards.

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Foodie Tour Summary [varies with seasons & time available]

  • Tastings at 2 -3 top wineries (small, boutique and large).
  • Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide.
  • Visit the Figgery that boasts over 25 varieties [seasonal]
  • Olive & Olive Oil Tasting [chance to buy excellent oil]
  • Cheese & Wine matching experience
  • Amazing lunch with food and drink gathered en route (all included)
  • Local chocolate matched with a special local wine
  • Sample local beer & Cider
  • Scenic tour of the region
  • Signed copy of Juliet’s book @ $40 [usually $48]
  • Pick up and drop off anywhere in the Napier/Hastings area

$195 pp all inclusive [minimum 4 people]

What you can expect

Taste your way through the stunning landscape of Hawke’s Bay with its beautifully preserved Art Deco buildings, rugged beaches and swans gliding the wetlands, glimpses of Cape Kidnappers [weather permitting and it usually is!] and the Tukituki river.  Famous for its wines and apples Hawke's Bay also has a thriving cottage industry of produce our chefs love to use in their dishes.  After visiting a couple of wineries chosen from over 25 in the area for their exceptional wines and or location and maybe a cider maker, you can taste fig ice cream at The Figgery, olives and oil at Telegraph Hill, make a quick detour to the legendary Y’a Bon Bakery [time permitting] or Jacksons, Havelock’s favourite pie shop [the best!] and dive into the Strawberry Patch for fruit and vegetables before heading to Juliet’s home for an amazing lunch.

Naturally the main feature of the lunch is NZ artisan cheese and award winning local wines, beer and what we have gathered plus chutneys, local charcuterie and the current season’s fruit and produce finished off with a NZ classic – afghan or Anzac biscuits!   After lunch you will visit a very different winery before being dropped at your hotel. 

Whatever your age [over 18], shape or style the tour is designed to entertain, inspire and educate you and give you a unique insight into Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand’s culinary world.


Saturday Tours via Black Barn Growers Market

From December to February you can choose to stop at the charming Black Barn Growers Market set in a ring of tall leafy plane trees with live music, coffee and whitebait fritters.  It means we visit less places but you’ll met more producers and some of the locals who are quite friendly and you will definitely get your Y'a Bon pastry!

Sunday Tours via Hastings Farmers Market

If you book Sunday you will start the day at this impressive and comprehensive market with everything from Cashew nut “cheese” to hotter than hot local chilies, cheesemakers, Edgebrook Cider, legendary Holly Bacon butties and other local favourites.

Send me the form below with your details and I will email or call you.  It’s your tour so we can visit the places and people that most appeal to you.