March 2018: The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

The Wine Trail encompasses three wine regions – Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough, together responsible for more than 80% of New Zealand’s total wine production.


Trade resources

Clickhere to visit the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail travel trade and media hub. Here you will find themed itineraries, a trade toolkit, a map and images.

Driving the route

The trail is 380 kilometres (240 miles) long and travels along the East Coast of New Zealand between Hawke’s Bay in the North Island and Marlborough in the South Island.

The longer that you have to explore the region, the better. For avid food and wine lovers, two weeks would be a great amount of time. For those wanting to just see the highlights, a week would be sufficient.

There are over 100 wine trail road signs on the main highways of the 380 kilometre trail, guiding visitors through the regions of Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Wellington and across Cook Strait to Marlborough.

Hawke’s Bay

Hawke's Bay is New Zealand’s largest premium red wine producing region – think complex Cabernet Merlots, Francs and Syrah. It's also the place to run through orchards full of fruit.


Travelling South on State Highway 2, you’ll end up in theWairarapa where outstanding winemakers produce world-acclaimed Pinot Noir – that’s Burgundy to Old World wine drinkers.


Just a little further down the road you’ll arrive in the coolest little capital Wellington , known for its vibrant arts scene, beer, cocktails and really good coffee as well as offering menu after menu of culinary creativity.


Last but not least, with a cruise across the Cook Strait, there’s no wine in the world that tastes like Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough - a perfect match for local scallops and green-lipped mussels.

Further information can be found on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail website. ( )