For the 2009 / 2010 Christmas and New Years period, we will be visiting New Zealand for around two weeks. The first week or so in will be in Taranaki visiting family and possibly visiting the Hawkes Bay area.
Hawkes Bay is best known for the Art Deco cities of Napier and Hastings and wine production. I'm not a big fan of Art Deco, but the wine I have had from the region is pretty good.
At Cape Kidnappers, there's a Gannet Colony, a Department of Conservation managed area for the purpose of protecting the Gannet.
Hawkes Bay - where to (and not to) stay - Recommendations on where to and not to stay in Napier and Havelock North in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Hawkes Bay trip - facts and figures - Facts and figures about our trip to Napier and Hawkes Bay in New Zealand
Napier - a visit to the National Acquarium of New Zealand - A travelogue from a trip to the National Acquarium in Napier, New Zealand
Hawkes Bay - a wine tour - Travelogue from a wine tour in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand
Havelock North - Sunset over Hawkes Bay - Sunset over Hawkes Bay seen from Havelock North
Cape Kidnappers - the Gannet Colony - Gannets at the Cape Kidnappers colony overlooking Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay - 4 great wineries not to miss - Great wineries to visit in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
New Zealand - places not to miss - Recommended places to visit in and around New Zealand
A helicopter ride over Taupo - Notes from our helicopter ride over the Lake Taupo area on the North Island of New Zealand
New Zealand - The Buried Village - Information on and about the Buried Village near Rotorua in New Zealand
Hawke's Bay - Official website of Hawkes Bay Tourism
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook