In my own country not all roads are frontiers. Of all the spectacular drives in New Zealand one of my favourites is still the route from Taupo to Napier, and I’ve been travelling this way since I was 10 years old.
Hit the road and head to beautiful Hawke’s Bay, where you can drink scrumptious wine in the sun and enjoy some of the finest dining in New Zealand. Things to see and do in Napier and Hastings and the surrounding area.
Hawke’s Bay is so motorhome friendly that Hastings was actually recognised as New Zealand's first motorhome friendly town. Then in 2010 it was voted the most 'Motorhome Friendly Town' by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.
Julie and Doug Batt own and run Mountain Valley Adventure Lodge, a popular place for horse trekking, river rafting, kayaking, fishing, claybird shooting, paintball and mountain biking. Accommodation includes chalets, cottages and camping and caravan sites. There is also a bar and restaurant on site. Vivienne Haldane shares her experience...