Locals tips: Esk Valley

Justine and Bayden from Kiwiesque invite you to discover the scenic Esk Valley, located on SH2 at the end of the Napier-Taupo Road. Here's their top tips for enjoying a weekend in their 'backyard'.

Stay local at Kiwiesque luxury vineyard lodge and villa. Kick back and relax in a tranquil vineyard setting in the heart of the Esk Valley, while enjoying a BBQ of their own Kiwiesque lamb and wine. Accommodation options for couples through to groups of up to 28 guests. A great venue for small weddings, family gatherings and business retreats.

Kiwiesque luxury accommodation


Taste local wines at Linden Estate. Enjoy a wine tasting at the new cellar door or book a winery tour with one of the expert team at 12 or 2 pm daily. Their vineyards, situated on the slopes of the Esk Valley hills, provide a microclimate to create a range of excellent boutique style wines from 12 varieties. 

Esk Valley Linden 600x400


Brew local and visit Zeelandt Brewery for a beer tasting to take away your favourite. Brewer Chris Barber is inspired by traditional ales and lagers by sourcing the best ingredients from New Zealand and around the world. The four beautiful seasons of Hawke's Bay reflect when they release their seasonal range. 

Zeelandt Brewery


Eat local at Valley D Vine restaurant and function centre, overlooking stunning Linden Estate surroundings and vineyard views. Chef Greg Millar provides a menu fresh, vibrant and full of flavour, to match local wines and brews. Also catering for weddings and group functions.

Valley D'Vine restaurant deck


Vege local at Taste of Summer fruit and vegetable shop, situated in our microclimate that offers the earliest and sweetest summer fruit in New Zealand. On reliably hot Hawke's Bay days, refresh with a real fruit ice-cream.

Real fruit ice cream from Taste of Summer


Cycle and eat local on the Estuaries Cycle Loop of the Hawke's Bay Trails, starting and ending at Crab Farm Winery. Take in farmland, waterways and beachfront before returning. Visit the neighbouring Art Shed, before enjoying a Crab Farm wine tasting and settling in for a long winery lunch. Crab Farm is also a perfect location for weddings and functions.

Crab Farm Winery


Mountain bike local at the Pan Pac Mountain Bike Park. For mountain bikers seeking an adrenaline rush, you must experience the 44km of world class roller-coaster single-track forest trails.

UCI World Cup star Brook MacDonald training at Pan Pac Mountain Bike Park. Photo: Derek Morrison


Hike and beach local at Waipatiki Beach. It's just 20-minute drive to a small horseshoe golden sand surf beach for a swim, or take in a variety of hiking options, walking the coast, or enjoying the Nikau palm forest walk, renowned for its native birdlife. Other near hiking options Tangoio Falls and White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve tracks.

Waipatiki Beach