With plenty of time to sit, sip and dwell, wine has provided inspiration for many for their next getaway. Many of us have dreamt of far-away places, as well as those closer to home - our thoughts sparked by a label, image or name.
If you’ve ever wondered where Te Awanga is, whether it’s possible to cycle the Awatere Valley with your family, or what it would be like to wake up in a remote vineyard in Central Otago – now could be the time to find out.
Vineyards are most often set in the most picturesque landscapes with the best climate and a natural playground with masses of things to do - and New Zealand is no exception. You’ll find picture postcard wineries tucked away in lush valleys, along dramatic coastlines and draped amongst the rolling hills of New Zealand’s 10 major wine regions. And did you know that no vineyard in New Zealand is more than 120km or 80 miles from the ocean?
With such diverse landscapes in a compact and easily navigable country, staying at a winery is an attractive proposition for anyone wanting to explore New Zealand where you’ll meet some interesting locals who have established the country’s world famous reputation for wine growing.
And you don’t have to be a wine buff or connoisseur to get the best out of the experience. While there’s obvious appeal for a romantic getaway or a food and wine themed holiday, vine stays can also be a great option for families keen to explore the natural environment and enjoy onsite facilities for sport and recreation.
Choose from quaint cottages tucked amongst the vines, private luxury homes with sweeping sea views, glass houses under the stars or find the perfect place to park your campervan.