Tradition meets innovation on the Hawke’s Bay coast

Even at first glimpse, Elephant Hill Estate is a striking fusion of the old and the new. Located on the idyllic Te Awanga coast, the bold, rectangular shapes of the winery buildings rise amongst the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and the prehistoric form of Cape Kidnappers.

This is a winery built to be of the highest world class technical and artistic calibre, but also with an ethos of respect for the environment and landscape. These are priorities that are central to Elephant Hill’s winemaking – a labour of love driven by meticulous Old World winemaking techniques, while not losing sight of what state-of-the-art innovation can bring to the mix. Elephant Hill is, after all, the vision of its German owners, the Weiss family.

Add to the blend a stylish award-winning restaurant that serves European-inspired, locally sourced, yet contemporary, inventive cuisine. Elephant Hill leaves you with a lasting impression of a deep regard for both heritage and progress. An intriguing surprise for many visitors, and one to push your food & wine boundaries, whether it’s your first or fifteenth visit.

Our Top Tip: Elephant Hill’s unique function rooms are not widely publicised, but offer some truly remarkable spaces for celebrating a special occasion. From Balcony Suites with sweeping views across the vines and beyond, to the sleek and intimate Barrel Room. Email enquiries to or call 06 872 6060.

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