A trip to New Zealand’s beautiful North Island is a treat at any time of year – and if you plan on booking flights to Auckland, you’ll also want to spend some time exploring the area’s spectacular wineries.
There are plenty of excellent vineyards to explore just a short distance away from Auckland’s city centre, making them perfect for day-trips or longer overnight stays. Read on for some hotspots you won’t want to miss.
Build your own wine tour
If this is your first trip to New Zealand or you are new to the world of wine, you might want to set out on a wine tour to learn a bit more about how it is made.
The main wine-producing regions in the Auckland area include Henderson, South Auckland, Kumeu and Huapai. Each have their own unique specialities and in total, these regions contain more than 20 vineyards.
You can arrange wine tours that depart from central Auckland to suit your schedule – half-day and full-day tours are available, as well as quick tours of just a few hours for those who are short on time.
Whether you’re a wine lover, an art lover or a bit of both, Brick Bay is a brilliant place to indulge your passions. Here, you’ll find the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail – a unique outdoor art gallery on a two-kilometre walking trail.
The facility also produces extra-virgin olive oil – olives are grown and cold-pressed right on the site. You can sample the olive oil, as well as the locally-produced wine, in the Glass House. Here, you’ll be able to arrange a personalised wine tasting, savour a relaxing coffee or try out a food platter.
Cable Bay is home to five vineyards on the western end of Waiheke Island. Here, visitors can enjoy stunning sea views across Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf while they sample the local wines and produce, including delicious fresh olive oil.
One of the best venues to try the finest wines the region has to offer is The Wine Bar, which is among one of Auckland’s most frequently-awarded bars.
You can also sample the various locally-produced foods on offer at the Cable Bay restaurant. It’s a relative newcomer to Auckland (it has been in operation for approximately four years) but it is proving to be a particularly popular venue for visitors and newcomers alike.
blanc, West Auckland
If you are just planning a brief stop in Auckland and you don’t have time to make your way out to one of its wineries, you might want to check out a local venue where you can sample some of the region’s best beverages.
For wine-lovers in West Auckland, blanc is a brilliant choice – and is less than 20 minutes away from the city centre. Here, you’ll find a wide range of premium wines, as well as boutique spirits and a large selection of craft beers.
Wherever you choose to travel in and around the Auckland area, you can be sure to expect fabulous hospitality, plenty of sunshine and of course, delicious local wines!