Friends Tour to Hawke’s Bay

Friends Tour to Hawke’s Bay

We are delighted to announce the next Friends weekend tour to Hawke’s Bay where you will enjoy some highlights the region has to offer, fine art, fine food and fine wine.

The Tour will be travelling by bus to Hawke’s Bay, departs from Te Papa on Friday morning 9 May and returns to Wellington on Sunday afternoon 11 May. Bus travel is inclusive in Tour price.


Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Hawkes Bay

Accommodation for two nights (buffet breakfast included) has been booked at the Masonic Hotel, Napier’s art deco hotel.  After recent and major refurbishment the hotel welcomes guests to enjoy the art deco charms of the unique building and its central location is within easy walking distance for most events on our itinerary.

Lunch at the historic Oruawharo Homestead includes a stroll in the gardens and a walking tour through house with commentary from owners, Peter and Diane Harris on the history and challenges of ongoing renovation.

On the way into Napier we will include a visit to the showroom and studio of David Trubridge – a globally recognised design company. His furniture design classic Body Raft 2000 can be seen at Te Papa, in the art collection and he is also represented in the designer lighting featured in the Level 1 Café.


MTG Hawkes Bay

Hosted by the Art Deco Trust, following the screening of a short film on the 1931 earthquake you will take a 2-hour guided art deco walk and are offered a special 10 percent discount off any purchase in the Art Deco Shop.

Saturday afternoon ends at the MTG Hawke’s Bay, now operating in a fabulous new building opened last year. The MTG inhabits three buildings of distinct character – an art deco masterpiece, a modernist gem, and a light-filled gallery that looks out across the magnificent Hawke’s Bay. Afternoon tea and the opportunity to meet Director Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins and staff, follows a guided tour of the exhibitions.

Opportunities to enjoy fine food and wine and sample the best the region has to offer include two award winning restaurants.  A ‘welcome’ dinner at Mr D, awarded ‘Cuisine Best New Restaurant 2013’.  Some will remember co-owners David Griffiths and partner Prue Barton as the founders of Vinnies. Since then, David Griffiths has cooked at both Huka Lodge and Terrôir at Craggy Range.

Following a tour of the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market in Hastings, Sunday lunch is at the Black Barn Bistro,

Black Barn Vineyard

Black Barn Vineyard, Hawkes Bay

awarded ‘Cuisine Best Winery Restaurant 2013.’ What better, after a full and varied weekend, to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on the drive back to Wellington.

Members only.  Numbers will be limited to 40 people.

At present the tour cost will be around $520.00 per person.  The cost will be confirmed at the 11 February Committee meeting and the tour will then be published as an event on the Friends website.

You can book the tour from the event page here.

Feature Image: Courtesy of Black Barn Vineyards