By Camilla Rutherford
Just a quick ferry ride from central Auckland, Waiheke Island has over 30 premium wineries and cellar doors and produces some of the best wines in New Zealand.
Find the best wineries and cellar doors on Waiheke Island and the Auckland region.
By INFLITE Experiences
By Miles Holden
Established in the 1990's by Lebanese, Croatian and English winemakers, the Auckland region is one of the oldest wine regions in New Zealand.
Waiheke Island produces some of the finest reds in the country. Intense syrah and bold cabernet blends grown exceptionally well in the Waiheke coastal terrain.
The warm, fertile plains of Kumeu in West Auckland produce crisp chardonnay and silk-like merlot.
Just north of Auckland the rolling hills of Matakana are home to fruity pinot gris and deep reds.
Each year over 60 of the best New Zealand wineries share their best creations with the crowd at Winetopia(opens in new window).
It's not just about wine tasting, get hands on with a 40 minute wine masterclass with expert winemakers and sommeliers.
Or, learn some new wine making tricks at the educational talks with industry professionals.
Departing from Quay Street Ferry Terminal in central Auckland, Fuller Ferries sail daily to Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island. Some departures sail via Devonport. Sailing time is 40 minutes.
Departing from Half Moon Bay in East Auckland, Sealink sail daily to Kennedy Point (Waiheke Island). Sailing time is 40-60 minutes.
Both ferry companies provide great, scenic sailing journeys over the Waitemata Harbour.