Auckland is not only New Zealand’s largest city, it is also a large and diverse wine region, with visitor experiences to reflect this. The three sub-regions each have their own individual personalities, both in winestyles and character. Located within an hour of Auckland city, Matakana is the creative north, West Auckland is rolling hills and rugged coast, and Waiheke is the island of wine. Some stellar wineries fall outside of these three sub-regions, so be sure to check them out on the visit page so as not to miss a thing.
45 minutes North of Auckland city lies the Matakana Coast Wine Country, a community known for high quality produce and quality art galleries. The wine is exclusive as most is made in small quantities, some with hand-picked grapes, and many are not available in the wider market. Visitors can indulge in wine tasting along the boutique Matakana Wine Trail, stop at roadside produce stands, and enjoy stunning walking tracks, cycle trails, idyllic coastal views and white sandy beaches. For more information on visiting Matakana, see www.visitmatakana.co.nz.
30 minutes west of Auckland city is the town of Kumeu, home to the wineries of West Auckland. The rolling hills of the west are famous for producing not only quality wine, but also fresh produce including strawberries, and is one of the best places to stop for real fruit ice cream in the summer months. Beyond Kumeu, you’ll find secret stashes of waterfalls before the hills give way to the famous rugged black sand beaches. A visit to the West Auckland wineries will leave visitors with lasting memories. For more information on visiting West Auckland, see www.aucklandnz.com/auckland-west.
A 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland lands visitors on Waiheke, the island of wine. Once there, visitors can join a wine tour, rent a scooter, or hop on the bus to enjoy the many alluring wineries dotting the island. Waiheke is also a destination for dining, and is home to some of the most awarded restaurants in New Zealand, often with breathtaking views and impeccably designed interiors. Additionally, guests will find boutique shopping, galleries, spas, and cafes in the quaint beach towns between the wineries. For more information on visiting Waiheke, see www.waiheke.co.nz.