Auckland is a large cosmopolitan city with about a third of New Zealand’s entire population residing here. It has an interesting mix – with European influences mixing with various Polynesian cultures – and this diversity shows through during festivals and in their food. The volcanic, clay rich soil are common across the wine growing regions in Auckland – Waiheke, West Auckland (Henderon, Kumeu) and Matakana.
There are numerous wine tours, which will offer to pick you up from your hotel and take you around to 2-3 of the several small vineries in the area. Car hire rates in Auckland are quite reasonable, especially if you are renting a car for a longer period. You could do that to enjoy the city’s various wine regions at your own pace.
Tourists can begin their day with a morning tea in one of the charming cafes of the city, followed by a 40-minute ferry ride to the country’s most popular vineyards in The Waiheke Island. Waiheke is home to a fine set of vineyards as well as unique restaurants. Three premier wineries of the Waiheke are Mudbrick Estate, Te Whau and The Goldie Room. As you enjoy some of the finest wines in the country, enjoy the panoramic views of Mudbrick Estate. Take a tour of The Goldie Room, Waiheke’s first and most well-established vineyard, before experiencing their range of fine wines, accompanied some seafood classics exclusive to the region. Te Whau Vineyard will be the last stop on the tour where the 360-degree views and spectacular architecture and the critically acclaimed range of wine leaves you totally smitten.
An hour’s drive north of Auckland through the lush green landscapes will take you to the award winning vineyards of the Matakana Coast and the Mahurangi River Winery. Exquisite wineries with day long tours that explore the art of making beautiful wine and cheese is the highlight of these places.
The Matakana Coast is popular for its succulent range of seafood and retail therapy. Lunch at Mahurangi set against the trail of contemporary sculptures with the ecstatic cocoa smell from the Chocolate Brown is indeed a feast everyone must experience.
The third region of repute within Auckland is the Kumeu and the Matua Valley. Tourists visiting Auckland are recommended to visit one of these areas to experience the wine growing experience of the region.