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New Zealand has several notable wine regions and these are briefly described along with wine guides and accommodation choices. Spread from north to south it is easy to include all or a few of the regions in a New Zealand holiday, each region has more than just wine so equally worth visiting for the wine connoisseur or those just wanting a couple of hours tasting. Whatever your choice we will be pleased to tailor make a custom itinerary to suit you, just contact us and let us know your requirements.

Map of New Zealand Wine Regions

Auckland

This is where the New Zealand wine industry was founded by pioneering settlers from the Mediterranean coast of Croatia over 100 years ago. It is an area steeped in local wine history and features many heritage wineries. Wineries in this region source grapes from their own vineyards in the West Auckland area as well as New Zealand's other grape growing regions. This means they have a wide range of different types of grapes growing in optimum conditions (soil types and climates) from which they produce a wide variety of wine types, this is what we call the "New Zealand wide wine tasting experience".

Waiheke Island is home to a group of award-winning winegrowers who have successfully matched the unique maritime climate and ancient soil structures to the selection of classical grape varieties in order to produce red and white wines with distinctive varietal character. With a total planted area of just 216 hectares divided among 30 growers, wine production is small and top vintages are keenly awaited with labels such as Goldwater Estate, Stonyridge Larose, Passage Rock and Cable Bay

The Quay West Suites Auckland - Apartments

Quay West Suites Auckland accommodation is a boutique all-suite hotel, providing guests with 5-star service, facilities and elegantly appointed one and two bedroom suites


Chalet Chevron - B&B

Chalet Chevron has a rich history of providing comfortable lodging in charming surroundings to weary travellers from near and far for generations. A far cry from the anonymous chain hotels that riddle the globe, Chalet Chevron is a haven for those seeking respite from sterile predictability.


Napier Hawkes Bay

Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's largest and oldest established wine growing regions. It is blessed by a warm and sunny climate and a variety of soil types. It is a region ideally suited to the growing of fruit and grapes. Wines have been produced in the Region since the 19th century. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape variety but the long sunshine hours attract a high percentage of later-ripening red grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.

Cape Kidnappers Lodge - Luxury Lodge

The Lodge is set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, which on its coastal boundary, plunges 800 feet into the sea. The cluster of lodge buildings are a combination of stone and weathered wood, the buildings combine rustic materials with comfortable up-to-date furniture, creating the feeling of being in a fine and welcoming home.


Cape Kidnappers Lodge Owners Cottage - Luxury Lodge

Ideal for a family or group of friends travelling together. 4 deluxe bedrooms with fireplaces, large bathrooms, walk-in closets, mini-bars and private balconies Large living room with stone fireplace, open kitchen and dining area 2 small sitting rooms with fireplaces, TVs and comfortable seating Entrance foyer, powder room, stone terrace and outdoor jacuzzi The cottage can be rented as a 2 bedroom or 4 bedroom house


Martinborough

Martinborough is the capital of the Wairarapa wine region. The region's vineyards tend to be planted on high alluvial terraces. The soils tend to be deep stony and free draining. Climatically the area is similar to Marlborough with low rainfall, high sunshine hours and cool nights. While small in terms of total wine production, Martinborough's and the Wairarapa's boutique wineries have established enviable international reputations for the quality of their wines, especially Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to make well. The grapes must be extremely ripe when picked, have very high sugar levels, and are best suited to cool climate regions.
 

Wharekauhau Country Estate - Luxury Lodge

Wharekauhau Lodge Luxury hotel with award winning style - at home and internationally - Wharekauhau Lodge is recognised as one of the world’s exclusive retreats. The main Lodge is the heart of Wharekauhau, modeled on an Edwardian country mansion


Marlborough Blenheim

Marlborough has an enviable international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. It also makes very good Chardonnay and Riesling and is fast developing a reputation for Pinot Noir. Of the region's four thousand hectares of grapes (half the national crop), one third are planted in Sauvignon Blanc with the remainder in mainly Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Lots of sun, cool nights, low autumn rains and free draining alluvial soils combine to make the region great. Most wineries can be reached after an easy drive from Blenheim. The town of Blenheim is at the centre of the Marlborough region, and is just 20 minutes south of the magnificent Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough Vintners Hotel - Deluxe Hotel

Contemporary Marlborough accommodation close to Blenheim strategically located among the vineyards. Marlborough Vintners Hotel invites you to enjoy our relaxed sophistication and attentive service. From the moment you arrive until the moment you reluctantly take your leave, the ambience of Marlborough Vintners Hotel will wash over you.


Timara Lodge - Lodge

Timara Lodge, is one of the country’s most luxurious and private lodges. Situated in the province of Marlborough just 10 minutes drive from Blenheim and set amongst 600 acres of land, including 25 acres of one of New Zealand's most beautiful English style gardens. Well known around the world for its wines and gourmet foods, Timara Lodge promises a haven of peace, quiet and relaxation.


Old St Mary's Convent - Luxury B&B

In the heart of Marlborough's wine growing area lies Old Saint Mary's Convent -- a haven for the discerning traveller, where luxury 5 star Blenheim accommodation and an intimate retreat may be found. Experience the best Marlborough accommodation on offer - luxury rooms and stunning surroundings in Marlborough, New Zealand. Old Saint Mary's Convent is situated on an estate of 60 acres and surrounded on all sides by the vineyards and olive groves Marlborough is famous for.


The Peppertree - Luxury B&B

The Peppertree of Blenheim, New Zealand, takes its name from the grove of Pepper Trees which line the drive leading to the gracious Edwardian Villa. Built in 1901 from native timbers, The Peppertree luxury bed and breakfast is located in 10 acres of lush farmland and surrounded by an extensive country garden, a boutique vineyard and olive grove.


The Vintners Retreat Villas - Superior Motel & Villas

Vintners Retreat Resort…perfectly placed on Rapaura’s golden mile of Marlborough vineyards. A great place from which to start and finish a leisurely cycle ride through nearby vineyards and picturesque country lanes along the Renwick Cycle Route… pack a picnic, get out and about to experience first hand the laid-back lifestyle enjoyed by the people of Marlborough.


Nelson

Nelson is a two hour drive from Marlborough, or a short flight from Wellington. A significant proportion of the region's energy goes into growing, harvesting and eating fresh food and wine. Wineries in the Nelson region are picturesque and many offer the chance to taste wines the way they should be tasted. That is with fresh local cuisine. The vineyards occupy scattered pockets with orchards, market gardens and farms. Soil structure tends to clay loams over hard clay subsoil. Nelson vineyards concentrate on grape varieties suited to cooler conditions, with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir accounting for over 80% of the grapes grown.

Bronte Country Estate - Luxury B&B

At Bronte Country Estate the suites and villas are situated on the end of the historic Bronte Peninsula overlooking the Waimea Estuary. This timeless setting abounds in interesting bird life and has stunning views of the estuary and surrounding mountains. The lodge is complimented by 65 acres of coastal family orchard, and is situated in a 2 acre English style garden, with established trees, shrubs, and old and modern roses.


Waipara

The Waipara Valley is the fastest growing wine region in New Zealand with around 80 vineyards in the Waipara Valley covering more than 1,200 hectares of plantings. The valley has three general sites, valley floor, hill slopes or river terraces. The soil types include; gravely deposits on flats and terraces in the central and west of the valley, limestone derived clays on hillsides and valley floor to the eastern side and gravely loams over alluvial subsoil in the southern part of the region. The north facing moderately sloping terrain provides an ideal sun trap for fruiting vines. This gives each vineyard unique characters that contribute to a range of wine styles that demand a visit to each winery to fully appreciate Waipara. The “Terroir” combined with the long hot autumn period helps produce unique richer, spicier pinot noirs and Rieslings – regional specialties. Other varieties of note include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Christchurch 40 minutes drive to the south also has several wine makers and vineyards of note.

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Queenstown Central Otago

Queenstown Central Otago is the most scenic New Zealand wine region. If you only have time to visit one New Zealand wine region make it Otago. As if to prove a point, leading British wine writer Jancis Robinson MW named Central Otago as one of the top five New World wine producing regions. Central Otago is the world’s southern most wine producing region and New Zealand's only "continental" region. The summers are hot and dry, and the winters crisp and snowy. Soil structures are very different to those of New Zealand's other regions with heavy mineral deposits in silt loams. The conditions are ideal for producing very high quality Pinot Noir and Riesling wines. nearby Wanaka also has several wineries including Rippon the first organic New Zealand Vineyard.

Peppers Beacon Apartments Queenstown - Apartments

Facing beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Peppers Beacon Queenstown is close to Skyline Gondola and Luge and just a 5-minute walk to the town centre. There is a selection of rooms and self-contained apartments available at Peppers Beacon, with many offering views of the lake and Remarkables Mountains. Some accommodation also includes a gas fire place.


Trelawn Place - B&B

Trelawn Place is a country home and Bed and Breakfast only 5 minutes (4km) drive from central Queenstown offering all the peace and privacy of a tranquil retreat. The delightful 2 acre cottage garden is on the edge of the famous Shotover river and surrounded by dramatic mountains including Coronet Peak ski field.


Browns Boutique Hotel - Deluxe B&B

For your stay in Queenstown relax in the friendly and comfortable atmosphere of Browns Boutique Hotel. Designed along traditional European lines, this small intimate Hotel is only three minutes walk to the center of Queenstown and features stunning views of the Remarkables mountain range from every room.


Millbrook - Deluxe Hotel

Welcome to Millbrook. Queenstown luxury accommodation that combines a majestic location with outstanding facilities to create a unique and inviting destination. The Millbrook ambience is warm and welcoming - the accommodation full of luxurious charm and quality, reflecting the unique character of the region. Whilst being the venue for one of New Zealand's top golf courses there is more to Millbrook than golf. A vast range of facilities and services makes Millbrook truly a resort within itself.


Arrowtown House - Luxury B&B

Arrowtown House is set perfectly on the edge of the village, Hidden from view behind a protected Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa Bignonioides) and an historic seventy year old Holly Hedge, you are surrounded by tranquil gardens of roses and rhododendrons that create a private oasis to enjoy.


Matakauri Lodge - Luxury Lodge

The Lodge and adjoining villas, one of New Zealand's most private and serene vacation retreats was constructed in 2000, a contemporary New Zealand design with extensive use of cedar and local schist stone designed to be in harmony with the outstanding natural alpine environment, lake, mountains, flora and fauna and less than 10 minutes drive from the destination resort of Queenstown.


 


 

 




 

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Bay of Islands/Northland - Auckland/Waiheke/Great Barrier - Waitomo Caves - Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua
Taupo/Tongariro - Napier/Hawkes Bay - Wellington - Picton/Blenheim/Marlborough Sounds - Kaikoura
Christchurch/Akaroa/Arthurs Pass - Mount Cook/Tekapo - Nelson/Abel Tasman/Golden Bay - West Coast/Glaciers - Wanaka - Queenstown - Dunedin/Oamaru/Catlins - Te Anau/Fiordland/Milford Sound/Doubtful Sound - Stewart Island

 

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