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Awhitu Wines

You don’t just stumble across this place. It’s a decent drive to get here (about an hour from Auckland), but it’s well worth the effort. With magnificent panoramic views of the Manukau Harbour and the Auckland cityscape beyond, you feel instantly connected to the land and the sea, even though you are not that far from the largest city in the country.

Things To Know
Owners Wendy and Dave Hendl are happy for visitors to bring a picnic, so pack a hamper, settle into the outdoor seating and make the most of the stunning setting.

Our Picks
Only two grapes are grown on this single-vineyard site: chardonnay and syrah, which is also made into rosé. They are elegant and restrained with a lovely savoury complexity.

Explore this peaceful area. There are tracks for native bush walks and biking; two beaches where you can paddle and soak up the sun; and picnic and barbecue areas for family outings.