48 hours in the Village
Story republished from havelocknorthnz.com
A weekend in Havelock North might seem like plenty of time to play with, but with so much to eat, drink, see and do, you’ll quickly discover the village offers far more than meets the eye. So, with so much to take in, how are you best to spend 48 hours in Havelock North? Well, here is one way to enjoy a delicious Havelock North escape.
Starting the day in Havelock North is always a pleasure. Whether choosing between cafes such as Maina or Bellantinos, devouring a smoothie at Pixie Bowls, or simply getting a dose of caffeine from Hawthorne Coffee or Workroom, the Village has you covered.
Once you have a pep in your step, its time to discover the vast array of boutique retail that Havelock North is renowned for. Shop until you drop on day one, ensuring you take in the Village’s art galleries, bookstores, homewares, and fashion boutiques.
Enjoy an early evening drink at Giant Brewing, a local favourite, before a short walk to Mary’s on Joll Road, a fantastic neighbourhood eatery that serves simple food, expertly executed.
Rest easy, knowing that wherever you lay your head – whether it be at Craggy Range luxury cottages, Endsleigh Cottages, Elephant Hill luxury lodge or Porters Boutique Hotel – you will enjoy premium comfort.
Start your day as locals do with a walk, run or bike ride up Te Mata Park. This expansive park is a jewel in the crown of Hawke’s Bay and the perfect place to get some fresh air. Enjoy the panoramic views from the pinnacle, and if you need a snack, stop in at Peak House on your way down.
Next, it’s off to Arataki Honey Visitor Centre where you can discover the fascinating world of bees. From sampling different expressions of honey to partaking in an encounter where you don a beekeeper suit and head out to the hives yourself, Arataki Honey Visitor Centre will appeal to young and young at heart alike.
With your morning spent outdoors, it is time to retreat into the world of wine at Smith and Sheth’s Heretaunga Wine Studio. Prepare to be spellbound by this 2.5 hour tasting experience including audio and visual elements and the opportunity to pull samples straight from the barrel. It’s a state-of-the-art experience that is a must for any wine lover.
Dinner options abound in Havelock North, and you can’t go wrong with whatever you pick. Select between authentic Italian pizza at Alessandro’s, Asian fusion at Chan’s Chop House or Piku, or Greek and Middle Eastern fare at FIKO.