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Major wine areas

The following wine areas are listed from north to south:

Henderson and Kumeu

Most of these wineries, 15km west of Auckland, source their grapes elsewhere, making this a good place to sample wines from around the country.

Hawke’s Bay

Premium wine area around Napier and Hastings with about thirty vineyards open to the public, some with tours and winery restaurants. Some of the country’s best Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon blends and Syrahs.


The most accessible cluster of vineyards, many within walking distance of the town. Fine Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignon blends.


Sixty percent of New Zealand’s grapes are grown around Blenheim and Renwick, with a huge range of fantastic vineyards, several with restaurants. Famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, though strong on Pinot Noir and most whites.

Central Otago

Cool-climate wine growing at the limit of practicability, mostly around Bannockburn near Queenstown. Excellent Pinot Noir in particular.

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