All you need to know about New Zealand’s Classic Wine Trail

All you need to know about New Zealand’s Classic Wine Trail

Bring your New Zealand stay into a full-blown food and wine adventure! Get in touch with your inner foodie and wine connoisseur while basking in New Zealand’s scenery and culture as you travel from Hawke’s Bay down to Marlborough.

Classic Wine Trail

  • Total length: 380km (240 miles)
  • Minimum stay: 4 days.
  • Start Napier, and finish Blenheim or vice versa.

You will discover three wonderful wine regions on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Behold amazing scenery, splendid forest parks, lively nightlife, delicious food experience and exquisite wines as you journey from Hawkes Bay in the North Island to your destination in Marlborough, South Island.

Destination Summary

Your journey is assisted by self-drive touring route that will lead you into the beaten track. Drive through five of New Zealand’s most inspiring and amazing regions, which includes three major wine producing areas that account for more than 80 percent of the country’s wine products.

Aside from your main focus to enjoy great food and wine, you will also discover all kinds of adventure and cultural experiences.

Why it’s classic

You will have the opportunity to taste and shop at more than 120 cellar doors. Moreover, you will visit a multitude of vineyard restaurants and cafes. Hawkes Bay is a land teeming with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Sauvignon Blanc from Advintage is a classic example of what you will taste during your journey.

Unique architecture

This adventure will take you to a variety of provincial towns and cities. Napier and Hastings boast some of the finest Spanish Mission architecture and Art Deco in the world, thanks to a major rebuild following a catastrophic earthquake in 1931.  You can also visit the Art Deco masterpiece located in the middle of the Tararua’s green countryside.

Inspiring townships

Food, wine and music are the best adventure combination in the world, as you would agree. In the Wairarapa region, there are great historic townships to behold – Greytown, Caterton, Featherston, and Martinborough. Marlborough’s center is Blenheim, a welcoming town that looks after the local wine industry with interesting places to stay and great restaurants. A new museum open in Blenheim recently that houses the world’s biggest private collection of WWI aircraft.

Gourmet Capital

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city that is boast as the favorite among foodies. Because of the easy to walk center, this became packed with top quality restaurants, bohemian cafes, and exciting bars. While you’re here, you might want to try the exhibits at Te Papa, NZ’s national museum; you can also catch a cable car that goes to the botanical garden, or spoil yourself in a spot of designer shopping.

Captivating wildlife

Last and definitely not the least, the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail will show you some special wildlife. Hawke’s Bay has the world’s biggest mainland gannet camp. In Tararua, you can trek in the forest park or stopover the Mount Bruce wildlife center. And if you want to burn off some calories, biking, hiking or kayaking, the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track is one location in Marlborough to satisfy your thrill need.

That’s it! It’s time to experience it yourself. Have fun and share your adventure with us!

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