Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

Three major wine producing regions, a capital city, rural towns and coastal waterways combine to create the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.

Taste your way through Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough - a journey that takes you through regions accounting for more than 80% of New Zealand's wine production.

The food and wine journey

Taste your way through Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, and Marlborough – a journey that takes you through regions accounting for more than 80% of New Zealand's wine production. Enjoy stunning scenery, beautiful forest parks, buzzing nightlife and indulgent food experiences.

Hawke’s Bay is the land of robust Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; in Wairarapa, Pinot Noir gets star billing; Wellington is the coffee, cocktail and craft beer capital; and Marlborough is the blockbuster Sauvignon Blanc country.

While the main focus of the journey is wine and food, the route also serves up all kinds of adventure and cultural experiences. You’ll get the opportunity to encounter unique wildlife, discover historic villages, check out artists’ studios, meet specialist food producers, enjoy live theatre, embark on forest hikes, and brewery tours, fishing trips and much more.

Follow your nose... and the signs

Over 100 signs on the highways of the 380km Wine Trail guide visitors through the regions of Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and across Cook Strait to Marlborough. You won’t get lost on this less travelled and quiet road.

wine trail road sign

Cellar doors

With 230 wineries along this touring route you’ll have the opportunity to taste and shop at more than 100 cellar doors and dine at plenty of vineyard restaurants and cafés. The people you’ll meet have an intense passion for wine, matched by an immense knowledge of how it’s made. There’s a good chance that the winemaker will be the person pouring your tasting and bringing your Wine Trail experience to life.

Fabulous food

Great wine deserves great food. There's one thing we know for sure - you won't go hungry along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Look out for orchards to ‘pick your own’ stone fruit, berries and apples; don’t miss the weekend Farmer’s Markets for a chance to meet with food producers; and in Wellington, plan on living late and eating lots in the culinary capital.

Wine and a platter at Poppies, Martinborough, Wairarapa

Take it slow

Never rush good food and great wine - allow four to six days for this journey.