Explore Te Awanga & Haumoana
Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui, is an extraordinary sandstone headland to the east of Hastings in Hawke's Bay. It was named by Captain Cook after an attempt by local Mäori to abduct one of his crew.
The cape is home to the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world. The 13 hectare reserve includes the Saddle and Black Reef gannet colonies. Both are closed to public access, however the Black Reef colony can be viewed from the beach. There are several ways to get to the gannet colony - on foot, sitting on a tractor trailer, in a 4WD vehicle or by kayak. The Australasian Gannet is a member of the booby family, which includes shags, pelicans and frigate birds. Adult Australasian gannets have a wing span of up to two metres and an average weight of two kilograms. Although ungainly on land, gannets are exceptional flyers and conduct spectacular high dives into the sea to catch fish. They nest over summer; the first chicks hatch in early November and the last chicks depart the colony during May.
Clearview Estate Winery & Restaurant
Established in 1989, Clearview Estate Winery and its iconic Clearview Estate ‘Red Shed’ Restaurant enjoys an established, leafy coastal vineyard setting near the historic landscape of Cape Kidnappers. Besides grapes, the estate also grows avocados, olives and citrus trees along with a culinary herb garden to supply the restaurant’s kitchen. Enjoy our estate grown, award winning wines
Sit, under the blue umbrellas or amongst the vines, while you explore the comprehensive seasonal menu from the winery restaurant featuring fresh and creative dishes making innovative use of Hawke’s Bay produce.
Hawke’s Bay offers endless cycling options. Take a gentle half-hour spin along the coast, or a four-day exploration of our backcountry roads, or something in between.
The climate is ideal, almost any type of bike can be hired, and there is a café at every destination. You'll also never be too far from one of the 70+ wineries across the region, should your ride leave you a little parched.