Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, with a population of 1.5 million people. Its sub-tropical climate, sheltered harbours, islands, volcanic cones, international airport and big city feel all make it a great place to visit.
Auckland is a large and diverse wine Region, with around 100 vineyards and wineries. The region is home to some of New Zealand’s oldest established vineyards, with vines first planted in Northland in 1819, and is best known for its Bordeaux style wines - mouth-filling Cabernet Sauvignons and complex Chardonnays. You will need a car and at least three days to explore the wineries of Auckland
Four hours to the north of Auckland city is Northland. It is a picturesque and sparsely populated part of the country with tranquil bays, beaches, forests and pastoral farms. While still New Zealand’s smallest wine district, vineyards are expanding rapidly. New Zealand's northern most wineries are located around the towns of Keri Keri, Warkworth and Matakana.
Close to Auckland City are Waiheke Island and Kumeu. Waiheke Island is a short 30 minutes by water taxi from downtown Auckland. Scenic and sunny, it is a fashionable place to visit. It offers a relaxed lifestyle, some very good restaurants and some of Auckland's best and newest wineries, all specialising in Cabernet based wines. Kumeu is a 16 kilometre drive to the northwest of central Auckland, and is characterised by vineyards and wineries, horticulture, pastoral farming and lifestyle blocks.
Fancy trying an award-winning NZ wine? The Turanga Creek winery in Auckland produces a great tasting pinot gris wine
and a superb viognier. Turanga Creek is converting to organics, and ultimately Bio-dynamics. As well as the obvious health benefits organic wine simply tastes better.