new zealand food & wine | back to regions & attractions
The long growing season and cool climate in New Zealand, makes conditions
ideal for grape growing, and therefore producing some highly distinctive,
premium quality wines. New Zealand's major grape growing areas are in
the dry, sunny eastern regions, with the three main areas being Gisborne
and Hawke's Bay, and Marlborough in the north east of the South Island.
Other important areas are Auckland, Martinborough, Nelson, Canterbury
are located near towns and cities and are easy to get to for tastings.
Many have restaurants and/or attractive gardens for picnics and barbecues.
Wine tours are available, but casual visitors are generally always welcome
to taste and make purchases.
& wine festivals
Why not include one of New Zealand's great food and wine festivals in
your holiday, so you can experience the fabulous food and wines that New
Zealand has become so renowned for.
Wine, Food & Jazz Festival: Great wine, great food, great Jazz,
great entertainment, and lots of fun!
Gisborne: The Taste Gisborne extravaganza brings together, at one
venue, many of Gisborne's top wineries, food and beverage producers.
Hawke's Bay Weekend: Wine, food, music, art and sunshine. 29 wineries,
6 workshops and 2 farmers' markets with 25 shuttle buses to get you
Island Wine Festival: A unique maritime location and internationally
renowned wines offers wine lovers an experience hard to find anywhere
else in the world.
(Auckland) Wine & Food Festival: Food, Wine & Music festival
in picturesque village of Devonport. Two stages with non stop entertainment
and 30 stalls showcasing NZ's wine & food.
Road Jazz, Napier: Church Road Jazz - Napier is New Zealand biggest
single Jazz /Wines and Food event. Held the first Saturday in February
BMW Wine Marlborough Festival: The BMW Wine Marlborough Festival
is New Zealand' premier wine, food & jazz festival. Wine enthusiasts
can sample over 200 Marlborough wines from 40 wineries.
Moonshiners Festival, Gore, Southland: Lovers of southern cuisine,
fine wine and whisky will be treated to an outdoor event focused around
the legend Hokonui Moonshine.
Wine & Food Festival: Whangarei Wine & Food Festival "Taste
Northland" Festival will be held at Barge Showgrounds, Whangarei
Wine & Food Festival: Set in the historic Solway Showgrounds
in Masterton. A selection of the finest local wines and cuisine. Top
class entertainment though out the day.
Wine & Food Festival of Canterbury: This fun-filled festival
is held in the beautiful surrounds of North Hagley Park, showcasing
the tastes and flavours from throughout the Canterbury Region and accompanied
by the music of accomplished local artists.
Wildfoods Festival: The Wildfoods Festival is a celebration of the
West Coast's unique lifestyle, food and hospitality.
on Seafood, Nelson: seafood - abundant, chefs - delicious, wine
- stunning, olive oil - romantic, music - dance, comedy - laugh, boats
- cruisy, waterfront - beautiful
Oyster & Southland Seafood Festival: Annual celebration of Bluff
Oysters, Southland seafood and leading local beverages, including all-day
entertainment, competitions and wearable art.
- Celebrating Great Beer, Wellington: A journey of discovery into
the ancient craft of brewing and the celebration of great beer.
Food Show, Wellington: The Food Show is New Zealand's premier food
event, providing one place for foodies, gourmets and connoisseurs to
experience the widest possible range of food and drink.
Chardonnay Challenge, Gisborne: International Chardonnay Challenge,
a high calibre wine competition for the New Zealand Wine Industry
Kaikoura Seafest: The Pacifica Kaikoura Seafest is a unique festival,
celebrating the bounty of the Kaikoura region. It offers an opportunity
to sample an extravaganza of food and beverages from all over the region.
Martinborough: Each of the participating vineyards features culinary
delights from Wellington and Wairarapa's finest restaurants that are
carefully matched to complement the winemakers selection, along with
some of New Zealand's best live entertainment.