Radio pair comb Hawke's Bay for the weird and wonderful

By Amy Shanks

They came they saw, they stomped grapes with their feet.

Classic Hits presenter Jason Gunn and his eager partner in crime, Dave Fitzgerald, set out to touch, taste and experience Hawke's Bay this week.

It was the first stop on a 7 Wonders of New Zealand tour, during which they aimed to discover the very best of our region.

"We like to make things fun and full of surprises. Every Monday (excluding Queens Birthday) we're going literally throwing a dart at a map of New Zealand and whatever area it lands closest to, we'll be packing our PJs and our best walking shoes and we'll be off," Gunn said.

"Well, the weird and wonderful, the crazy and wild things that need to be uncovered. We're not interested in the obvious, that would be too - obvious," Fitzgerald added. "We want to hear from people in advance as to what they think and then meet the locals when we get there to truly discover what the 'real' seven wonders are, in their backyard."

The duo spent Thursday sampling injectable donuts from Mister D, meeting a five-legged sheep, visiting the old Napier prison, stomping grapes and playing a spot of golf at Cape Kidnappers. They also spent time with a blue-tongued skink and fed little blue penguins at Napier Aquarium.

Throughout, they shared their experiences with the country during an afternoon radio show on Classic Hits and worked up a storm on social media posting photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter.

"What a day! Thanks to everyone in Hawke's Bay who gave us a day we will never forget," Gunn said.

Both men were impressed by the region and seemed to be particularly taken by the quality of the Kidnappers Cove Golf Course.

"Quite possibly the most spectacular course in the world. The fairway was like carpet," they tweeted.

Hawke's Bay Tourism general manager Annie Dundas said having such high profile radio coverage could only be good for the region.

"I think it was great seeing as they were on the radio, doing a whole range of things and promoting a range of businesses.

"The 7 Wonders were certainly interesting; they had a good time and were really raving about it and continue to do so."

She hoped the extra exposure would encourage others to come to take a look for themselves.

"Obviously their audience is a good audience for Hawke's Bay, and people are really tuning in during that drive-time period."


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