Does anyone else spend their lockdown days with a drink in hand? Do you stare at the same four walls, dreaming that you’re sitting in the departure lounge?
With a variety of locations, experiences and award-winning wineries to choose from, New Zealand is the perfect place to start when you’re able to travel. The hardest decision you’ll have to make once the travel bubble reopens is choosing where to visit.
Your New Zealand adventure is written in your lockdown tipple - here’s where you should be heading.
Red wine - North Canterbury Region
Do you spend lockdown sitting with a glass of red and a cheeseboard? A short drive out of Christchurch sits the North Canterbury Region, known for its Pinot Noir. North Christchurch is also known for its dairy so a win-win for cheese & wine lovers. When it comes to choosing wines, you know what you like so you’ll feel at home with the numerous cellar doors to visit.
Chardonnay - Central Otago
You’re the type of person that likes to seize the day but also likes to be the life and soul of the party. You get a thrill like no other when your alarm is set for 5 am to go on a hike through rolling hills whilst admiring the beautiful coastline. Two hours north of Dunedin is Central Otago, home to some of the best hiking tracks in New Zealand. One recommendation is the 10k Mt Aspiring National Park to Aspiring Hut hike, which takes you through the West Matukituki Valley.
Craft Beer - Christchurch City Centre
Christchurch is home to several microbreweries, taprooms and beer tours – ideal for a weekend getaway or as the kick-off for a longer South Island adventure. Quality is key for you, so a visit to Three Boys Brewery, Two Thumb Brewing Co and Kaiser Brew Garden are just the start of a beer trail waiting to be explored. Canterbury malts and NZ hops are used for the majority of the beers here, so you can guarantee quality and freshness every time, just as nature intended.
White Wine - Marlborough
Marlborough has a cool yet high sunshine climate and is home to several award-winning wines, so anyone that loves the outdoors will fit right in. You’re very sociable and plan to go and do a wine tour at least once a year. The Marlborough region is the biggest in New Zealand and was put on the international wine stage in the late 1980s, thanks to its exquisite Sauvignon Blanc. It’s the perfect place for a girls reunion!
Cocktails - Methven/Mt Hutt
A different approach for people who love a drink and a bit of adventure. You’ll spend your days engaging in activities that make your adrenaline skyrocket. With both a Winter and spring ski season, Mt Hutt is home to multiple apres-ski venues. Perfect for a wine-down or cocktail session once the sun goes down, you’ll get your groove on in one of the pumping bars or clubs like The Green Parrot Bar.