Catch the classic New Zealand wine trail safari through this bountiful, sun-drenched region.

Hawke’s Bay has over 40 vineyards and is second to Marlborough in terms of total grape production. This region has long been a consistent winner of top quality wine trophies in all parts of the world.

The summer and autumn periods are usually dry and the soils are silty loams and shingles. The huge variation in soil types is a factor in the wide diversity of wine styles produced here. Differences in soil, terrain and mini-climates can mean that ripening dates for each grape variety can vary by several weeks. Hawke’s Bay is a prime region for fine wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pinot Noir.

To set out on a wine trail in this complex region, it is helpful to know the sub-regions in advance. Napier has several vineyards in the cooler, maritime climate area of Bay View, and others in the sheltered Esk Valley. Hastings has a cluster of vineyards in warm sheltered inland areas. Havelock North has north-facing, protected slopes under the landmark icon, Te Mata Peak. These wineries are all perennial award winners. Taradale is the hallowed home to New Zealand’s oldest commercial winemakers. The Heretaunga Plain area is expanding rapidly, taking advantage of higher inland temperatures.

The Hawke’s Bay region is a perfect touring destination, famous for its sunshine, wines and fine foods. During your visit be sure to sample the seafood, lamb, venison, cherries, strawberries and avocados. This bounty is celebrated each February at ‘The Hawke’s Bay Harvest Festival’.

The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are art deco architectural ‘shrines’ and are well worth a visit.

Wine lovers will enjoy Hawke’s Bay for it’s elegant, sophisticated ‘limited edition’ wines, gourmet food, cheese rooms, culinary schools and wine museums – its a wine traveller’s paradise.

Wine Regions: Varieties, Vineyards, Wineries, Tasting & Trails

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    Central Otago

    The majestic golden tussock hills, dramatic river gorges and weird schist rock outcrops of ‘Central’ make it a most memorable wine trail destination.

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    The wine traveller can indulge in luxury in our fourth largest wine-growing region. Canterbury offers superb lifestyle accommodation, wining and dining at exquisite historic homestead vineyards.

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    One of our newest, rapidly expanding wine growing areas is in a quiet North Canterbury town, an hour’s drive north of Christchurch.

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    It is no coincidence that New Zealand’s most famous wine region has the largest grape production and the highest sunshine hours in the country. Marlborough far exceeds the output of any other region.

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    Picture this! A sumptuous lunch with local fish delicacies, cheeses, olives and fresh fruit. All in a very popular, stylish holiday destination, which is famous for sunshine, beaches, forests, wine, seafood and creative arts.

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    A town with a laid-back village atmosphere has emerged as the hub of this prestigious wine region. Martinborough launched itself onto the world wine scene with superlative Burgundy style Pinot Noir reds in the 1980’s.

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    Hawkes Bay

    Catch the classic New Zealand wine trail safari through this bountiful, sun-drenched region. Hawke’s Bay has over 40 vineyards and is second to Marlborough in terms of total grape production.

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    The title of ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’ actually belongs to the most easterly wine region in the world.

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    Waiheke Island

    This ‘Island Suburb’ in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf is the perfect place for a combined seaside holiday and wine trail exploration.

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    Waikato – Bay of Plenty

    Explore the lush Waikato land and the broad sweep of country inland from the Bay of Plenty, where a dozen wineries produce around 3% of New Zealand’s wine.

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    For four generations these dedicated pioneer viticulturists tended their vines as the city grew around them slowly engulfing their productive slopes within dense urban conurbations.

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    The Auckland region is home to New Zealand’s three largest wine producers each having state of the art winemaking equipment and modern blending and bottling facilities.

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    Rural West Auckland

    The western slopes of our most populous city are New Zealand’s traditional winemaking region. Here in Kumeu, Huapai and Waimauku are some of the long established and most respected wine companies in New Zealand.

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    The area around Waitangi, was also the birthplace of viticulture. The British Government representative James Busby planted a vineyard near the Treaty House in 1832 and made the first New Zealand wines.

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    New Zealand's Information Network has provided this summary of the main wine growing regions and local vineyard trails as a guide for the visiting wine enthusiast. For a small country on the Pacific Rim, New Zealand is having a remarkable impact on the world wine scene. Missionaries planted our first vines as early as 1819, but only in the last two decades have we seen this country

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    The wine trail begins south of Warkworth, where a vineyard is located near the highway. The trail then takes in several vineyards on Matakana Road and others clustered around the Matakana township.