GO NZ: Top travel tips for Hawke’s Bay and Queenstown, from the experts

Two experts in luxury accommodation share their favourite hometown spots.

Hawke’s Bay tips from James McMenamin, Assistant Lodge Manager, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Where are you favourite places to dine in Hawke’s Bay?

For a relaxing lunch, I love Puketapu Hotel. It is great for all ages and especially after a bike ride from Taradale along the Tūtaekurī River. Excellent pub food served in the dining room or public bar (I prefer to sit in the covered outdoor area of the public bar with our beagles), and real value for money. The team there are efficient and communicative, even when it is very busy during weekend lunches.

For dinners, we like Piku Izakaya Japanese Restaurant & Cocktail Bar – delicious food and a great range of beverages in a funky environment. We love stopping by and enjoying sashimi and a cheeky Asahi too.

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