The further north one travels in New Zealand the closer they are to the equator. At the top of the North Island, the Northland region is referred to as the "Winterless North" as it is a semi-tropical environment. However, moderate cloud cover and ocean breezes provide a cool enough environment to grow Syrah, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
Wine produced here has a distinct style which cannot be achieved elsewhere in the country. When tasting flights between years notice the quality made in more dry seasons vs years of rain.
Wine experiences here are the new to the industry and you should expect incredible views to the sea in addition to windy roads best traveled in the daylight.
The Northland holds great significance for the country. It is where European settlers and local Maori negotiated a settlement agreement and where the first landing occurred. Keeping in mind that New Zealand has only been serious about growing grapes on a larger scale since the 1970s, the Northland is still in the midst of finding the right varietals which appreciate different growing environments.
Day trips in the Northland include golf, half-day museum tours, short hikes & walks along the water and into the Kauri forest, day sailing with served lunch & canapes and near-shore fishing.