Walk 3 – The Paroa Bay Vineyard – Friday Wine and Dine
Bay of islands Walking Weekend Walk 3
The Pāroa Bay Vineyard – Friday Wine and Dine.
Friday 13th October It’s a short 15 minute ride in a minibus to the start of the walk which is over private land.
Pāroa Bay Vineyard is a stunning family-owned boutique vineyard with traditional handmade, sustainable wines, and to top it off they have Sage Restaurant which is perched high above the idyllic Bay of Islands for a bird’s eye view. The 5 km walk out, over private land, includes panoramic views of the Bay of Islands.
The destination is Kahuwera Pā, a pā that features strongly in the history of the Bay of Islands. The 5 km walk back, which is different to the way in, has Sage Restaurant as the destination. Pāroa Bay vineyard makes their wine with traditional techniques of viticulture and dry grown vines to create distinctive handcrafted wines of character in low yields, reflecting the white clay soils and warm climate of the Bay of Islands.
The walk finishes with a three course meal which is a shared menu and includes glass of Pāroa Bay wine (or non-alcoholic drink). The menu will look something like this;
APERITIFS • Warmed Mediterranean olives selection. • Smoked Far North fish paté, toasted baguette, kelp powder, endive salad, nasturtium oil. • Orongo Bay oysters, natural with shallot & sherry vinegar.
MAINS • Green pea risotto, crispy shallot, lemon, hemp seed oil. • New Zealand “Ora King” salmon fillet, glazed young vegetables, Pāroa Bay 2017 red wine butter sauce, surf clams, bitter greens. • 12-Hour slow braised lamb neck, New Zealand piripiri paste, tahini yoghurt, pickled kale, warmed flat bread. • Including a selection of sides to accompany.
DESSERTS • Cheese board with a selection of local award-winning cheeses, sour dough baguette, figs jam. • House-made tiramisu plate with mascarpone, “Tohora” coffee, chocolate, Kahlúa liquor and French macarons. Limited numbers on this walk, which is over private land. You will not be able to walk it any other time of the year!
Enjoy! Friday 13th October
Assemble at HQ:12.30pm
Depart HQ: 1.00 pm
Return to HQ: approx. 9.00 pm (transport leaves at 8.15pm)
Duration: 4.5 hours walking plus dining time.
Grade: Medium to hard Maximum walkers: 16
Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus
Cost: $140 - includes guided walk, dinner, glass of wine (18+ only) or non-alcoholic drink, plus transport
1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water. It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there. Our guides are all passionate and knowledgeable about the Bay of Islands area and bring something special to the walking experience. Each walk has no more than 20 people. Our HQ is the Russell Bowling Club where people can meet, chat about their day and have something to eat and drink. Russell is a fantastic base for the weekend with lots of great restaurants, places to stay and for the non-walkers out there.
We are very excited about this weekend and the great walking experiences there are here in the Bay of Islands. Time to get your walking boots out of the cupboard and join us in the Bay of Islands. Visit our website to see all the walks you can do.
How to Find Us
Russell Bowling Club, Russell, Bay of Islands
Friday 13 October 2023