Wine regions & experiences

Kiwis have developed a discerning palate when it comes to wine, reflected in the number of high-quality wineries and vineyards throughout the country.

New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy and intensity. The long ripening period – a result of cooler temperatures – allows flavour development whilst retaining fresh acidity, a balance which New Zealand wines are famous for. A lot of the country’s plentiful vineyards are located in spectacular locations, be it close to a stunning shoreline or perched high amidst alpine peaks.

Top wine regions

We have already been here for four generations and it would be lovely to be here for another four. This is of course exactly what I want to be doing, exactly where I want to be doing it.

Nick Mills Head Winemaker, Rippon VIneyard

Recommended Trips

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

Napier to Blenheim

486 km
5 Dias
  • Hawke's Bay Syrah
  • Martinborough Pinot
  • Marlborough Sauvignon

Whales and Wineries in Upper South Island

Christchurch to Christchurch

779 km
5 Dias
  • Hot springs
  • Award-winning wineries
  • Whale watching

Central North Island Wilderness and Wineries

Rotorua Central to Rotorua Central

560 km
4 Dias
  • Lake Waikaremoana
  • Art Deco Architecture
  • Wine tasting

Wineries and wine tours

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