Get a taste of Auckland’s own island of wine. Some 30 wineries and vineyards are dotted across the island, just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown. From prominent clifftop wineries to small cellar doors, you’ll find award-winning vintages and a wide range of varietals. Enjoy your wine with tranquil countryside vistas or sweeping views across the Hauraki Gulf.
A 50-minute drive north from downtown Auckland, Matakana’s beautiful beaches, vineyards and local arts scene make this region a divine destination. Sample superb wines at boutique vineyards, walk the outdoor sculpture trail at one of the area’s top wineries, and indulge in a leisurely lunch overlooking the vines.
Journey west to Auckland’s oldest wine region for some of the best-known names in New Zealand wine, alongside small artisan winemakers. Modern cafés and restaurants have popped up alongside established eateries throughout the area too, so make a day of it.