A Taste of Italy

A taste of Italy


Saturday, 20th March 2021


Savoir Consulting and HPCE bring to you a luxury at the Luxury Private Estate of Takapoto on the shores of Lake Karapiro.

A celebration of warmer days and the finer things in life with a distinctly Italian flare. Come and enjoy fine wine and delectable food in a unique location. Prepare to be entertained by a range of entertainment and intrigue.

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The event

Please join us for fun and festive aperitivos and entertainment! An exclusive afternoon spent celebrating fine wines and delectable dishes with a distinct twist. Ticket inclusions are: 


> Welcome aperitif on arrival

> Fabulous Italian walk & fork food

> Entertainment

> Lawn Games 

> Stunning Location

Price: $345 per person

Cash bar available onsite. 

For tickets booked in groups of 5, a bucket of Peroni's or a bottle of Champagne is included. 

Note: This is an all weather event held outdoors. No refunds available, however tickets are transferrable.


A festive and flirty day out. Think of the beautiful Isle of Capri, long lunches under the vines sipping Pinot Gris…….


A Taste of Italy is being held at the private and luxurious Takapoto Estate located on the shores of beautiful Lake Karapiro; where tranquility meets world quality. 

It is an exquisite 600 acre property that sits on three kilometres of water front in Maungatautari. The property also boasts an equestrian arena and beautifully crafted vines. 

90 Finlay Rd

Horahora, 3494

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A medley of delicious olives and other delectable Italian nibbles - A perfect accompaniment to Aperol Spritz



Oregano and petit pea piadina with prosciutto and arugula

Rosemary and chickpea piadina with whipped ricotta and insalata limone

Beetroot and formaggio arancini balls with aioli

Insalata Caprese skewers



Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with a roasted cherry tomato sauce

Black Truffle and mushroom strozzapreti pasta


Pizze -Woodfired Pizza’s Italiano

Proscuitto/Arugula/Caramelized Onion





Arugula, pear & balsamic salad with parmigiano reggiano shavings




Petit panna cotta with fruitti de  bosco



Please note: All bread, pasta and other items on the list are gluten free, with exception the pizza. The pizza are not gluten free.

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HPCE and Savoir Consulting are proud to partner with Takapoto Estate to showcase their wines during A taste of Italy.

Takapoto Estate is a small family owned winery located on the shores of Lake Karapiro, growing Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties. Their flagship wines are Pinot Noirs that come from two vineyards in Central Otago, One in Bannockburn and the other in Gibbston Valley.


Since it’s establishment in 2012 Takapoto Estate’s accomplishments are monumental, taking out the Pinot Noir trophy and New Zealand producer of the year at the prestigious IWSC awards in 2017 & 2018. Alex Coldicutt took on the role as Winemaker in 2019.

Producing single vineyard wines with minimalist intervention and natural fermentation to display the magnificent terroir these vineyard sites have to offer. 

Alex walks through the world-renowned vineyards in Central Otago, tasting the grapes and selecting the different rows and clones of Pinot Noir to harvest to create these wines. The bunches of grapes are left to hang on the vines until they are completely developed and bursting with flavour. They are then transported up to the winery in the Waikato where they are de-stemmed and nurtured through fermentation with wild yeasts. The grapes spend several weeks extracting colour, flavour and texture from the skins before being gently pressed into French oak barrels. After 11-14 months, the oak characters have integrated, and secondary fermentation is complete. The individual barrels are tasted through thoroughly and blended into Single Vineyard wines and a blend of the two Central Otago vineyards. The wines are left to further develop in the in the bottle, and are released when the tannins have softened and integrated and are drinking brilliantly.

You may find some sediment in the bottle, this is because the wine is then bottled unfined and with minimal filtration to preserve its texture and purity.


If you decide to make a weekend of it in Cambridge, below are some of the preferred accommodation options.

Hotel of choice:

The Henley Hotel 

The Henley Hotel blends English country manor class with a relaxed outdoors ambiance. You will experience genuine, caring service from their experienced team, indulge in fine food and wine, take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool, wander the extensive gardens, or be pampered in the onsite spa.


Choose from 12 individually crafted rooms that bring the relaxed country life indoors. Your stay offers an all-inclusive bed and breakfast experience.


  • Unlimited internet access

  • Use of our sauna, yoga room, spa pool and indoor pool area

  • Pre-dinner drink & canape with our team between 5 and 7 pm to kick the evening off in style!

  • Turndown service

  • Complimentary valet parking

  • Tea and Coffee

  • Espresso coffee with breakfast



  • $410 - $670



  • All including breakfast

  • The rate is reduced for group bookings for an extended period.


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Other options:


Lake Karapiro Lodge

The Lake Karapiro lodge has four suites available from $550.00 per night. Available for the whole period, longer stay rates available.

The Honey Bee Pantry Bed and Breakfast

Retreat to the serene countryside getaway that is the Honey Bee Pantry and Breakfast. This exclusive private guest house offers peace and tranquility complete with a private lake and floating dock.

The Town House

This is a high-end three bedroom house on Fort St in Cambridge. The Town House is walking distance to Cambridge's dining and entertainment area. 

Pricing is from $345 for four guests, to $445 for six guests. All rooms with queen or king bed.


Te Koutu Apartment 

Te Koutu is a contemporary style apartment located in central Cambridge, with a great balcony view overlooking over the scenic Lake Te Koutu. It is available for $350 per night.

Redwood Farm

The Redwood Farm has two cottages available, one with a queen bed and one with queen and single for $135 per night. There is a homestead room which can sleep five also available for $175 per night and a room is available within the house as well.


Hilltop Views Bed and Breakfast

Hilltop Views Bed and Breakfast has two self-contained units located at 296 Roberts Road, off Oreipunga Road, both with queen beds and both available for $189 per night.


AJ's Park 

AJ's Park is a Hotel and B&B directly beside Lake Karapiro on Maungatautari Road and beside HoraHora domain. It is a self contained Motor Home Park with excellent waterfront parking available. Contact them directly for pricing. 



Buses to and from the event will be provided from a Central Tauranga, Central Rotorua and Central Cambridge location. If you would like to book a space on the bus, please use the link provided.

Cost pp return:

Ex Tauranga $35pp

Ex Rotorua $40pp

Ex Cambridge $42pp


Coach departures from 12.30pm. 




Arrive in style to 'A Taste of Italy’. We are proud to team up with Adventure Helicopters Tauranga and Helicorp Hamilton who can provide you with the ultimate luxury travel in a twin engine Bell Textron 427 corporate helicopter.

Adventure Helicopters Tauranga

Enjoy a return trip from Tauranga for $920.00 per person (incl. GST) based on 6 people.

Please book directly through Adventure Helicopters (Tauranga) and

Quote: Taste of Italy event.  


Click here to book.


Helicorp Hamilton

Enjoy a one way trip from Hamilton for $285.00 per person (incl. GST) based on 4 people.

Enjoy a return trip from Hamilton for $530.00 per person (incl. GST) based on 4 people.

Please book directly through Helicorp (Hamilton) and Quote: Taste of Italy event


Click here to book.

Self Drive

For those wanting to self drive to the event, there is ample parking. The venue is: 

Takapoto Estate,

90 Finlay Rd, Maungatautari

Horahora 3494

Approximate Driving Times

From Tauranga: approx. 45 minutes

From Cambridge: approx. 25 minutes

From Rotorua: approx. 1 hour

From Auckland: approx. 2 hours


For more information

For more information please contact

Deb 027 606 1810 or Penny 027 625 545

Email: events@hpce.co.nz

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