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Activities

Hunter Valley Stays, through our concierge service, can arrange with your stay any activities or experiences your heart desires. We can organise a wine tasting tour, private chef, catering, hot air ballooning and even a helicopter to land at the property and take you and your guests for a joy ride over the Hunter.  Ask our Concierge and they will deliver it for you. Call our Concierge office on 0422 019 923 for details and bookings.

The Hunter Valley is not just about food and wine. Treat yourself to a day at the wonderful Hunter Valley Gardens or visit the many galleries and speciality shops. For all those foodies out there you will find a great choice of places specialising in olives, olive oil, chocolate, cheese, lollies and even some great breweries. For those adrenalin seekers why not take a plane, helicopter or a hot air balloon ride? For horse lovers, horse riding, for cyclists, hire some bicycles and take your own tour around the wineries, for the golfers, golf ! The Hunter has 4 amazing golf courses for the experienced or the beginner.  We haven't forgotten about the kids - take them to the Hunter Valley Zoo or for a fun game of aqua golf.  There is something for everyone.

 

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Hunter Valley Gardens

Exploring over 8 kilometres of walking paths, visitors are able to experience each of the superb feature gardens, all of a standard you won’t see elsewhere in Australia.

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Hunter Valley Zoo

Located within the Hunter's scenic and popular Wine Country, Hunter Valley Zoo has acres of both Australian and exotic animals. The zoo allows customers to feed the animals, view daily shows and includes free photo opportunities with the animals.

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Maitland Gaol

A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed as a Correctional Institution in 1998.

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Morpeth

Visit the historic town of Morpeth, the Hunter Valley’s premier boutique shopping and dining venue. Wander down the gorgeous sandstone streets to find colonial buildings occupied by modern and inviting cafés, pubs, galleries, boutiques, antique shops and local businesses.

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The Spa at Chateau Elan

Relaxation, rejuvenation, recuperation – whatever your reason for visiting. The Spa at Château Élan Hunter Valley, they're dedicated to your peace of mind and physical wellbeing.


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Hunter Valley Reflections

Welcome to Hunter Valley Reflections Day Spa. Our specialized staff offer clients a total experience every time they visit our conveniently located salon in the Hunter Valley vineyards.

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The Golden Door, Elysia

Reach new peaks, feel inspired to make lasting health choices and unveil a new more balanced you. The Golden Door Health Retreat Elysia is a place where tired souls can be restored, new goals set and a wealth of knowledge gained to unveil a healthier, happier and more motivated you.

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Prue Essence Skin Body Tanning

Pure Essence has created a haven for you to leave your hectic schedule behind, whether your goal is therapeutic, beautification or relaxation, at Pure Essence skin body & tanning you can relax, unwind, be cared for and pampered in a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

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Endota

Endota spa offers two hotel day spa locations – at Peppers Guest House and the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley. Spa treatments include sublime spa massage, Dermalogica facials, organic facials and body wraps.

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Beyond Ballooning

Beyond Ballooning is a family business, locally owned and operated in the Hunter Valley. We offer daily hot air balloon rides over the beautiful Hunter Valley whilst providing a superior level of service in order to provide you with the experience of a lifetime.
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Balloon Aloft

Friendly staff, single flights, modern equipment and a true local knowledge will ensure your balloon experience will be one to remember.
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Hunter Valley Horse Tours

Find a Horse and Carriage or Horse Riding tour to suit your needs so you can experience the beautiful views, the country fresh air and the wines on offer in Hunter Valley Wine Country on this relaxing day out.

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Hunter Valley Horse Riding

Riding is available every day for the inexperienced and the experienced rider. The trail rides go for 1 hour and 1 1/2 hours. There is also 1/2 hour rides and personal rides of varying lengths including picnic rides.

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Hunter Valley Cycling P/L

Tandem & mountain bike hire - a unique and fun way to see the wine country- free delivery service and collection of bikes to your accommodation in the local area. Bicycle hire and guided tours - helmets & maps included.

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Grape Mobile Bicycle Hire

Central location within easy cycling distance to other wineries. Tandem & mountain bikes available. Full day only $50pp (up to 8hrs). Bus Pick-up & Return Option $20pp*. Hire includes mountain bikes, helmets, bottled water, sunscreen, suggested tour map. 

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Hunter Valley Ballooning

Balloon Safaris offers sunrise balloons flights seven days a week and all flights conclude with a traditional champagne celebration and gourmet breakfast. Flying high over Pokolbin and Lovedale, your pilot will guide you above one of Australia's premier vineyard regions.

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Wine Country Ballooning

Wine Country Ballooning offers balloon flights exclusively over the Hunter Valley. With over 10 years experience flying over the vineyards you are assured a morning to remember.

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Cloud 9 Ballooning

Escape life as you drift with the morning mist over the rows of vines carrying next years vintage then ascend and enjoy the rolling countryside from a different perspective. 

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Hunter Wine Helicopters

Hunter Wine Helicopters is the area's longest established Wine Country Helicopter Specialist. Their experience and local knowledge combined with a AAA safety record ensures that your helicopter adventure is everything you've dreamt of and more! 

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Sky Dive in the Hunter

Skydive the Hunter Valley is based at Australia's oldest and most established skydiving club in the heart of the gorgeous Hunter Valley region. Whether it's your first time (or your fifth), tandem skydiving is the ideal way to experience the ultimate thrill of freefall.

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Jet Ride

The fastest ride in the country. 

Live the adventure of a real fighter pilot for the day strapped into their L39 Jet Fighter, The L39 Albatros is Australia’s most modern flying Jet Fighter on the adventure market today.

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Aerohunter

Safe and affordable warbird adventure flights in a super-charged radial warbird. Let our RAAF pilots show you the only way to see the Hunter Valley the right way up or upside down, by yourself, or in formation! Catering for mild to wild - fly with Aerohunter today.

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Slattery Helicopters

Slattery Helicopters are an established locally based business and have a fleet of helicopters capable of facilitating all aerial transfer requests. Their friendly pilots have tremendous local knowledge, providing a gentle and enjoyable flight.

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Hunter Valley Aviation

Hunter Valley Aviation is a centre for aviation training and other flying services, including private aircraft hire, charter and scenic flights. They train pilots for all levels of licenses and ratings in their wide range of aircraft.

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Vintage Aviation

Vintage Aviation has been involved with both restoring and flying antique aeroplanes. Their aim is to provide you with a unique aviation experience that exceeds your expectations.

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The Wine Glass Gallery

Opening hours: Open 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week (Closed Christmas Day). Extended hours during Christmas Lights Spectacular: Closing 7pm Friday & Saturdays. In Wine Glass Gallery you will be amazed to find over 3,000 gifts in one venue.

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Simply D'Vine

A well established garden centre for over two decades, 'Simply D'Vine Garden and Gift Gallery' continues to provide beautiful fountains, water features, plants, nursery, garden products and accessories to suit any budget.

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Australian Woodwork Gallery

Situated just minutes from the vineyards, Australian Woodwork Gallery has been purpose built to showcase the beauty and diversity of Australian timber and the creativity and skill of the craftsmen. 

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Wilson and Hunter Emporium

At Wilson & Hunter Emporium you will find the same quality, selection and service that you have come to expect at Wilson & Hunter with an expanded range to include the whole family, from the tiniest tot to the blockiest bloke, and everyone in between.

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Pepper's Creek Antiques

Peppers Creek Antiques is a haven for rare, imported European antiquities, handpicked by owners Vanessa Woods and Charles James. They have a lifetime of experience in bringing together an outstanding collection sourced from private collectors both in Australia, and from the four corners of the globe.

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The Waiter's Friend

The Waiter’s Friend is home to an extensive range of professional quality barware and kitchenware. Everything from waiters friends to fish bone tweezers!

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Candelabra

Candelabra is one of Australia's most famous boutique candle stores, nestled in the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens Village. 

The huge range of stunning fragrances, colours, top name brands and candle holders, makes this a destination shop that you will never forget.

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The Gate Gallery

The Gate Gallery specializes in Aborignal art and contempory Australian art. In September 2012 the Defiance Sculture Park at The Gate Gallery opened. Enjoy the opportunity to view over 40 outdoor sculptures by Australian and International artists year round at Australia's premier privately owned commercial sculpture park and gallery.
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Ogishi Craft Centre and Glass Blowing Studio

Come and see a real glass artist's studio or browse through the gallery. Setsuko and Yutaka welcome you and personally show the Australian craft works such as Leather bags, Ceramics, Glass works, Jewellery and more there is sure to be something for everyone. 

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Emma's Cottage Vineyard Gallery

Resident artist Megan Barrass started her art life as a graphic artist and 15 years ago converted to passionately producing fine art. Megan's works are now an integral part of corporate art collections as well as the many art lovers who have indulged in a bold, happy and colourful expression of life. 

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Butterflies Gallery

Set in a beautiful cottage garden and framed by the magnificent Brokenback Mountain Range, Butterflies Gallery provides an interesting diversion from your tour of the wineries. With our emphasis on service and quality, the ambience of Butterflies Gallery will delight you.

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Peter Sesslemann Artist

Peter Sesselmann is a Hunter Valley based expressionist and impressionist artist. Since taking up painting full-time in 2000, Peter has had several successful exhibitions and has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.

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The Hunter Barn

The Hunter Barn is packed full of fun things to see, do and eat! Handmade award winning chocolates , imported lollies, freshly roasted coffee, Tilley the 1928 Chevrolet, Jane's fabulous home made cakes, delicious ice creams, a real Saracen armoured troop carrier, our own boutique wines and acres of vineyards and rolling countryside to explore.
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Hunter Distillery

Hunter Distillery commenced production of organic vodkas & spirits in 2001. As a result of the success of the Valli range of vodkas, not only in Australia but in the USA and United Kingdom, it was resolved to establish an expanded state of the art distillery in the heart of Pokolbin.

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Blue Tongue Brewery Cafe

Quality wine and boutique beer are most compatible and what better way to finish a hard day of tasting in the Hunter Valley Wine Country than with a cleansing beer. A glass wall is the only separation between you at the bar and the brewery.

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Hunter Beer Company

The Hunter Beer Co. brews many award winning beers - from a delicate Pilsner to the mighty Bock. The variety of beers has won 11 silver and 13 bronze medals over the last three years at the Australian International Beer Awards.

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Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

See it, Smell it, Taste it, Love it. Come on in and try the huge array of Smelly's own products, local and imported cheese and Gourmet goods. A gourmand’s treasure trove.

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Pickled and Pitted

Pickled and Pitted have a superb range of olives, oils, cheeses, preserves and other specialty items all prepared locally and with seasonal produce.

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Pukara Estate - Now Open in Pokolbin

Pukara Estate’s Extra Virgin Olive Oils are amongst Australia’s best, winning over 40 awards in shows nationally, including the prestigious Australian Olive Association National Show. Enjoy a Tasting Platter, with your choice of Pukara Estate products, and Toby’s Estate Fine Coffee and Tea along with a selection of slices, all served in their Tasting Rooms in Musswellbrook or at 2347 Broke Road, Pokolbin, on the Ballabourneen Winery site.

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Lovedale Smokehouse

A visit to Lovedale Smokehouse and Gourmet Pantry & Majors Lane Wines Cellar Door is a true food and wine lover's delight - your 'one stop local produce shop!'

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Binnorie Dairy

Cheesemaker Simon Gough opened Binnorie Dairy in April 2003, after travelling and making cheese throughout Europe and previously working in the Yarra Valley. Binnorie Dairy Cheeses are the Hunter Valley's gourmet choice, featuring on many local menus.

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Australian Regional Food Store

Sourcing superb seasonal produce from state to state, city to coast, inland to island, The Australian Regional Food Store has the very best regional produce that Australia has to offer.

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Hunter Valley Cheese Company

Peter Curtis & Rosalia Lambert uphold their commitment to quality handmade cheese and contribute their daily interaction with the cheese loving consumer to the ongoing success of their boutique manufacturing and factory outlet/tasting room located within the McGuigan Cellars, Pokolbin.
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The British Lolly Shop

World famous supplier of Chocolate Sweets & Bars, Crisps, Snacks & Biscuits, Boiled Sweets, Blackpool Rock, Liquorice, a range of Sweets in various packaging as well as Toffee & Nougat.

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Bliss Coffee

Smell the aroma of the fresh roasted coffees. Browse the wide range of coffee brewing equipment, accessories and gifts. Relax and enjoy a delicious sweet treat and a blissful cup of coffee.

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Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

On offer at the chocolate company is a tantalizing range of premium hand made chocolates. The Hunter Valley Chocolate Company has an ongoing passion for all good chocolate.

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Lavender Gate Farm

The Gate Cafe and Gift Shop offer the perfect place to relax after a visit to The Gate Gallery & Sculpture Garden. Organic coffee and homemade cakes are available from 10.00 am.

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Pokolbin Chocolate and Jam Company

Specializes in exquisite, hand-made chocolates, chocolate products, Jam and local produce, there is sure to be something for everyone - especially the chocoholic!

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Hunter Valley Liqueurs and Baerami Olives

At Baerami olives strive to create great olive oils, from the olive groves to harvest and cold pressing to packaging. They also offer a selection of quality hand crafted liqueurs all made in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW.

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