Kumeū is the perfect blend of rural and urban living. The town is surrounded by farmland and vineyards, offering an array of experiences from spotting horses to sipping on world-renowned wines. Wine lovers can try a cellar-door tasting at boutique or big-name wineries, while beer buffs can quench their thirst at prime spots like Hallertau's beer garden or New Zealand's oldest riverside tavern, The Riverhead.
For a touch of history, head to Settlers Country Manor, a beautifully restored butter factory from the 1900s that now serves as a wedding venue and a spot for lunch, dinner or cocktails. Kumeū's heart is bustling with specialty shops, restaurants, and cafes, including a Portuguese bakery and an American-style slow-cooked BBQ restaurant.
Adventure enthusiasts can explore the nearby Woodhill Forest, which offers mountain biking, horse trekking, paintballing, and treetop activities, including a Tarzan-like swing and an obstacle course. For those seeking a true country experience, the Kumeu Show in March each year offers a range of activities, including shearers, animal competitions, and highland dancing.
Kumeū is also just a short drive away from several black-sand beaches along the west coast, such as Piha, Karioitahi, and Muriwai. So, whether you're looking for a relaxed day exploring vineyards or an action-packed adventure, Kumeū has something for everyone. Don't forget to grab some fresh ingredients from one of the town's fruit and vege shops or roadside vendors before you leave.
Location Te wāhi
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Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Kumeū is a 25-minute drive from the central city, or a 1.5-hour ferry from the city to Riverhead.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Check out the live jazz at Coopers Creek vineyard over the summer months on Sundays – it’s a great way to soak up a sunny afternoon.