The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

Written by Nicole

A food & wine journey

Once travel restrictions are lifted in New Zealand, we suggest a road trip along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. This will be like nothing you have ever experienced before. Travel through a capital city, rural towns, three major wine-producing regions, coastal waterways and the best New Zealand wineries you could visit. The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail also accounts for more than 80% of New Zealand’s wine production. Because who doesn’t like wine tasting in New Zealand?

Don’t be fooled, as this trail is not only for all the wine connoisseurs and wine lovers. If you love unique wildlife, cultural experiences, village history, artists, then these are the perfect destinations for you. Taste your way through the Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough.

Hawke’s Bay

This spectacular region is well known for its award-winning wine, food, architecture, golden beaches and incredible landscapes. The perfect paradise.

This beautiful destination is also home to over 200 vineyards, 76 wineries and 36 cellar doors. Sip on the Hawke’s Bays well-known Merlot Cabernet blends, Chardonnay and Syrah. With so much choice, it can be hard to decide where to start. 


At the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is the Wairarapa. Majority of the wineries in this spectacular region are family-owned, and mostly within walking distance of one another.

The Wairarapa offers diverse and wild landscapes, spectacular food and wine, art, culture and heritage. Explore the best of the Wairarapa on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. 


Wellington is renowned for its great food, coffee and the craft beer scene. It is a true culinary capital, attracting foodies from across the globe. Dine out at the city’s famous Cuba street, or at one of its inviting cafés and restaurants.

Just a short hop from the bustling city is the Wairarapa, where you will uncover its incredible local wine and creative cocktails at one of the bars.

Wellington NZ


Marlborough is located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island and is one of New Zealand’s sunniest locations. Here, you can discover rustic vineyard restaurants, world-class wine, and of course, the Marlborough Sounds.

If you prefer light wines, you’re in the perfect place. Marlborough is home to world famous Sauvignon Blanc and has 168 wineries, including iconic brands such as Cloudy Bay. There are a number of well-known wineries through to small boutique family producers. Marlborough has something for everyone.

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail Map

There is so much in New Zealand to uncover, and the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail helps you to see some of the best parts. Add this great journey to your New Zealand road trip list, and if you don’t have a list already, we suggest you create one.