Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
What is your favorite place in the world you’ve traveled to and why? I think New Zealand is the most wonderful place. Remote and so beautiful. There’s nothing like driving through those landscapes, stopping at a winery (or two) for lunch, and then settling into one a lodge by the lake. – Leszek Golabek
Driving the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is the most comprehensive way to taste the country’s famous and finest wines. New Zealand’s wine country is centered around Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough, starting on the eastern coast of the North Island and finishing on the northeastern tip of the South Island. Each region has its own specialty, but New Zealand’s wines are all particularly renowned for being vibrant, intense and pure. This wine trail is 300 miles long, takes five days to finish, and you’ll pass more than 100 wineries along the way! It’s well worth it to take rent a car (rent a convertible while you’re at it, you only live once!) and drive around New Zealand’s lushest vineyards. This is a gorgeous route at any time of year, but the best time to visit is during the harvest season from February to April, when the weather averages a pleasant 60°F. Begin the trip in the charming city of Napier in Hawke’s Bay with a hearty glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, continue through to Mt. Bruce’s wildlife sanctuary to see some kiwis, taste the exquisite flavors of Wairarapa’s Pinot Noir and then grab a bite to eat in Martinborough. Head for Wellington and then the quaint seaside locale of Picton to grab the ferry to the South Islands. Finish the journey in Blenheim, which is teeming with wineries, to discover who makes the best Sauvignon Blanc. Anyone interested in the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail can check out the full itinerary here.
Address: 100 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Phone: +64 6-834-1911