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North Island Explorer

Private Travel | Self-drive 15 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £1,945 Current prices from: £1,945
Visit the highlights of North Island at your own pace on this self-drive itinerary between Auckland and Wellington. The tour takes in the pristine Bay of Islands, the wine-producing regions of Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa, the capital city of Wellington and the volcanic region of Rotorua, while also offering opportunities to discover the island’s indigenous culture and history.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Discover the subtropical Bay of Islands & learn about Maori culture
  • Full day to experience the geothermal activity of Rotorua
  • Visit the art deco town of Napier
  • Sample award-winning wines in the regions of Hawke's Bay & Wairarapa
  • Full day to explore the sights of Wellington, New Zealand's capital city
  • Stay in 4- and 5-star accommodation

Auckland

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2272 2068 1763 1559 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 1559 1254 1050 846 745 846 948 1152 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 753 803 924 1024 1114 1305 1335 1245 1004 863 863 894
Rainy Days 11 9 12 14 17 19 19 19 18 15 14 13
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2068 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1763 1966

Blenheim

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1355 1355 1355 1559 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1254 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 846 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 5 4 5 5 6 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 542 351 542 622 663 552 703 703 542 602 502 512
Rainy Days 7 7 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 12 11 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1355 1355 1355 1457 1661

Coromandel

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2272 2068 1763 1559 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1355 1152 846 643 541 643 846 948 1152 1355
Sunshine hours 7 7 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1466 1506 2189 1897 1948 25610 2369 24910 2008 1556 1486 1546
Rainy Days 10 11 15 14 15 17 18 18 18 15 14 12
Humidity E E VH M M L L M M H VH E
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2170 2068 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1763 1966

Franz Josef

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1763 1355 948 745 643 745 1050 1254 1559 1763
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 745 439 134 -130 -228 -130 134 337 541 643
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 3 3 3 4 4 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2319 1496 2249 2108 2289 2008 1988 2199 25810 26911 24310 2379
Rainy Days 15 12 15 15 16 14 16 15 17 17 16 18
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Hamilton

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2068 1763 1457 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1355 1050 846 643 541 643 745 948 1152 1254
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 14 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 873 803 934 934 1114 1285 1305 1235 1104 1024 974 1054
Rainy Days 11 9 12 13 15 17 17 18 19 17 14 14
Humidity E VH VH M M L L M M H VH E
UV 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kaikoura

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1864 1559 1152 846 745 846 1152 1457 1661 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 745 439 236 32 -130 32 134 337 541 745
Sunshine hours 7 7 5 5 4 3 3 4 5 6 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 663 542 853 843 934 894 1124 1074 783 833 703 763
Rainy Days 9 9 10 9 11 10 10 12 11 10 10 10
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1661 1457 1355 1254 1152 1152 1152 1254 1355 1457

Martinborough

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1355 1254 1355 1559 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1254 1152 948 745 541 439 541 745 846 948 1152
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 3 3 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 482 432 683 683 873 974 1034 964 703 592 542 663
Rainy Days 11 11 14 13 17 19 19 19 18 17 15 14
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Milford Sound

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1661 1254 846 541 541 745 948 1254 1457 1661
Min temp (C)(F) 745 745 643 439 134 -130 -228 -130 134 236 439 643
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 28411 1968 29312 25010 25910 2219 2058 2179 27911 30212 25610 28111
Rainy Days 14 11 13 13 15 13 14 12 15 17 14 15
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1661 1559 1457 1355 1254 1254 1254 1254 1355 1457

Napier

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2068 1763 1457 1457 1457 1661 1966 2170 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 846 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 7 6 6 5 4 4 5 6 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 472 582 793 683 653 924 863 803 643 492 452 683
Rainy Days 7 8 10 9 10 12 12 13 12 11 8 9
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 2/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 2068 1966 1864 1763 1559 1457 1457 1457 1457 1661 1763

Nelson

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2170 1864 1559 1254 1254 1254 1457 1661 1864 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1152 846 541 236 134 337 541 745 948 1152
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 8
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 974 773 1084 1255 1285 1104 1215 1335 1104 1275 1195 1044
Rainy Days 9 8 10 9 10 10 11 12 13 12 12 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1864 1763 1559 1355 1254 1152 1254 1457 1661 1763

Paihia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2170 1864 1661 1559 1559 1763 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1457 1152 948 745 643 745 846 948 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 994 1155 1325 1325 1345 1887 1687 1777 1355 1155 984 954
Rainy Days 9 9 12 12 13 15 17 16 15 13 10 10
Humidity N L N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2068 1864 1763 1661 1661 1661 1661 1864 1966

Picton

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2068 1763 1457 1152 1152 1152 1355 1559 1763 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 1152 1152 1050 846 541 337 236 337 541 745 846 1050
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 5 5 4 4 5 5 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 974 663 1004 1195 1295 1215 1436 1436 1155 1265 1094 1024
Rainy Days 8 8 11 11 12 14 13 15 14 14 12 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1355 1355 1355 1457 1661

Rotorua

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1254 1254 1355 1457 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 745 948 1152
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 6 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 14 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1255 1305 1767 1355 1526 1877 1727 1988 1737 1516 1456 1667
Rainy Days 10 9 11 11 12 14 14 15 15 14 12 13
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Te Anau

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1864 1457 1254 846 846 1050 1254 1457 1661 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 948 846 643 541 337 32 -130 32 236 439 541 745
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 3 2 2 4 5 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 9 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1134 743 1104 924 1014 984 813 813 1094 1175 944 1044
Rainy Days 15 12 14 14 16 14 15 14 15 17 14 16
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M H VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 1/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Tekapo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 1966 1559 1152 745 643 948 1254 1559 1763 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 948 948 745 439 134 -228 -228 -130 236 439 643 846
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 4 4 4 5 6 7 8 8
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 622 412 602 552 572 532 572 622 592 632 542 592
Rainy Days 6 6 7 7 8 7 7 8 7 8 7 9
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M VH VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wanaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2068 1661 1254 846 846 1050 1355 1661 1864 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 846 541 337 32 -130 32 337 541 745 948
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 3 3 3 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 612 422 703 562 632 592 582 612 673 723 542 602
Rainy Days 9 8 9 9 10 8 9 9 10 11 9 11
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M VH VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wellington

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1763 1457 1254 1152 1254 1355 1559 1763 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1254 1050 846 643 643 643 745 948 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 7 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 803 622 964 1074 1255 1395 1446 1365 1044 1034 954 944
Rainy Days 9 9 12 11 14 17 16 18 15 14 12 12
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1254 1254 1254 1355 1457 1559
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Auckland

On arrival, you will be transferred to the SKYCITY Grand Hotel for a stay of 2 nights. The following day is at leisure to relax or explore Auckland. We recommend pre-booking a cruise in the harbour or taking a city tour. (N)

Days 3-4: Bay of Islands

Collect your hire car and drive north to the small town of Russell in the Bay of Islands. Stay at the Arcadia Lodge for 2 nights. The following day is at leisure. Entrance to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or a cruise on the Bay of Islands can be pre-booked. (N) (B)

Days 5-6: Coromandel Peninsula

Drive south past Auckland to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Stay 2 nights at Brenton Lodge in Whangamata. The following day is at leisure to explore this scenic region. (B)

Day 7: Rotorua

Drive to the pretty Bay of Plenty and stop off at the coastal town of Mount Maunganui before continuing south to the volcanic town of Rotorua. Stay 2 nights at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. Upgrades are available to stay at the Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel & Spa, a luxury eight-bedroom property that overlooks the lake on the outskirts of the city. (B)

Day 8: Rotorua

Day at leisure to explore the volcanic attractions of Rotorua. We recommend pre-booking a Rotorua Diamond Pass, which includes entrance to many of the town’s top sights and attractions. (N)

Days 9-10: Napier

TTake a scenic drive east to the wine-growing region of Hawke’s Bay and stay 2 nights at the McHardy Lodge in Napier. Alternatively, upgrade your accommodation with a stay at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers to experience a modern-rustic retreat set within rolling farmland and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The following day is at leisure. We recommend pre-booking a tour of the nearby vineyards or a visit to the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. (N) (B)

Days 11-12: Martinborough

Continue south along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail to the Wairarapa wine region and stay 2 nights at Peppers Parehua in Martinborough. Spend the next day exploring the nearby vineyards and cellar doors surrounding the town. (B)

Days 13-14: Wellington

Drive to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, and stay 2 nights at the Bolton Hotel. Spend the next day exploring the city; recommended excursions include a walking tour and a visit to New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. (B) (N)

Day 15: Fly home

Return your hire car to the airport and fly home. Alternatively, continue your holiday in New Zealand; see the South Island Explorer itinerary overleaf or speak to one of our New Zealand experts for more information and suggestions. (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Return your hire car to the airport and fly home. Alternatively, continue your holiday in New Zealand; see the South Island Explorer itinerary overleaf or speak to one of our New Zealand experts for more information and suggestions. (N)

Flights:

International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • SKYCITY Grand Hotel
    SKYCITY Grand Hotel

    The SKYCITY Grand Hotel is situated two blocks from Queen Street, directly across the road from SKYCITY's Auckland entertainment complex, which incorporates a selection of restaurants and bars as well as a theatre. Rooms are spacious and well appointed, some with views over Waitemata Harbour. The hotel's East Day Spa offers a blend of eastern healing traditions with modern western spa and beauty treatments. Features: 312 rooms, 20 bars & restaurants, swimming pool, sauna, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar.

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  • Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    The Millennium Hotel Rotorua is located on Lake Rotorua, near to the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa. The 227 rooms all have modern decor and amenities. Facilities include a bar, a gym, swimming pool,sauna and two restaurants (one of these is not open during winter months),

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  • McHardy Lodge
    McHardy Lodge

    McHardy Lodge is an upmarket bed and breakfast situated in a quiet cul de sac on Napier Hill with views over the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountain ranges. The property is a magnificant villa built in 1896 and recently restored to its former glory with all the comforts of a contemporary luxury boutique hotel. Daily breakfast is included. There is no restaurant on site but a range of places to eat are available in Napier, a 5-minute drive away. Transfers to and from Napier airport are complimentary. Features: 6 rooms, swimming pool, library, lounge with open fire, billiards room, Wi-Fi, gardens, parking. Room amenities: En suite bathroom with shower or old fashioned claw foot bath, seating area, queen or king-sized bed.

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  • Bolton Hotel
    Bolton Hotel

    Currently the only independent luxury hotel in Wellington, the elegant Bolton Hotel is located on the corner of Bolton and Mowbray streets, and within walking distance of the city's main sights. It effortlessly combines the charm of a boutique hotel, with the facilities of a much larger property. It is named after one of the first ships to land immigrants onto the shores of Wellington. There are eight different room types, from elegant studios to one- and two-bedroom suites. Features: 139 rooms, restaurant, cafe, bar, fitness room, lap pool, valet parking, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, iPad mini, television, tea & coffee facilities.

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  • Arcadia Lodge
    Arcadia Lodge

    The Arcadia Lodge is a large two-storey historic bed & breakfast situated close to the Matauwhi Bay and a 10-minute walk from Russell village centre. The lodge has a large decking area for relaxing with scenic views across the bay. The property's garden is abundant and provides the jam served at breakfast and the herbs used in the kitchen. Guestrooms are an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings with a mixture of western, Pasifika and Maori art on display. Features: 5 rooms, a common guest area, decking, library, car parking. Room amenities: Tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, Wi-Fi. Please note: guests must be 15 years old and over.

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Dates & prices

NOE2020

Guideline Prices

Low season from £1,945 per person

High season from £2,295 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Arrival transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • 13 days’ car hire in a compact automatic car
    • Meals as specified

Destinations on this tour

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  • Rotorua

    Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/australasia-pacific/wellington
  • Wellington

    Wellington New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/australasia-pacific/new-zealand/north-island/auckland
  • Auckland

    Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/australasia-pacific/new-zealand/north-island/napier
  • Napier

    Napier Located in the Hawke's Bay wine region, Napier is a coastal town renowned for...

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