Wine Tasting from Auckland
By Viator, March 2014
The reality, however, is that vineyards can be found in all parts of New Zealand from the islands of the Hauraki Gulf to the hills of Central Otago. Even for those who are visiting Auckland—an urban metropolis of 1.5 million people located 500 miles from the valleys of Marlborough—there are various wine regions accessible as day trip, and dozens of vineyards which are open for tastings.
Of the various options for wine tasting from Auckland, embarking on a day trip to Waiheke Island combines the tasting with a bit of adventure. The short ferry ride from Auckland to Waiheke offers panoramic views of Waitemata Harbor, and when you arrive on the island you’re treated to a community which drifts by at a pace much slower than the city. When touring the island, you’ll find rolling vineyards which crawl over hills and end at hidden, turquoise coves. Many of the wineries look back at the city, although there are a few wineries on the eastern tip with tasting rooms fronting long sandy beaches. A day spent wine tasting on Waiheke Island is not only a window into some of New Zealand’s finest wines, but also a day of spirited exploration on one of New Zealand’s most scenic offshore islands.
For those who would rather stay on land, the Kumeu region of West Auckland is only 20 minutes removed from most Auckland attractions. The rural, hilly region is known for its varietals of Chardonnay and Sauvignon, and numerous tours operate from Auckland and spend a day enjoying numerous tastings.
Finally, if you’d like to taste the entire country over the course of a single night, there are numerous wine bars in downtown Auckland which offer everything from Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay to Central Otago Pinot. So even if Auckland is your only stop in New Zealand, wine lovers can take heart in knowing there are options for enjoying the pleasures of wine tasting from Auckland.