Stuff.co.nz has an excellent travelogue on Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.
Here’s an excerpt:
Hawke’s Bay is home to some of New Zealand’s grandest homesteads, some with spectacular gardens. Most of them off the beaten track, but Ann Packer finds a guided road trip that gets inside the trophy properties.
Forget your suburban fundraisers, how about a country house and garden tour? Century-old homes still in the family, fabulous food fresh from the garden and roses, roses all the way. As garden tours go, it doesn’t get much grander than Caroline Sarfati’s Story Tour, which goes inside the houses, including a sleepover at a historic central Hawke’s Bay homestead.
We meet at Te Pania Hotel, on Napier’s Marine Pde, where we’ll stay the second night. Before we set off for the country proper, morning tea at a quiet Havelock North house and gorgeous garden offers a chance to meet the group – 17 of us, all women except for one token bloke, here with his wife. It’s a pity because there’s much for men to enjoy.