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Waitapu Estate Vineyard

From the main Kaitai-Awaroa Rd, turn into Masters Access Rd, then a short drive on the gravel road will get you to this secluded place with sweeping views of the beautiful surrounding farmland, bush and Ninety Mile Beach. You’ll want to sit on the terrace and take in the view.

Things to know
This is a great spot for nature-lovers – owners Eric and Sandra Shackleton have planted at least 30,000 native plants since they bought the property in 2000, creating wonderful biodiversity and an environment for bird life to flourish in. Two hectares of the property are protected by QEII covenant, meaning the totara, rimu, puriri and kauri in that area are safe-guarded for the future. If you’re feeling fit, you can do a walk through the bush to a waterfall. Waitapu means “sacred water” in Maori.

Our picks
Savoury, fragrant reds are Waitapu Estate’s strength. Pinotage, syrah, tempranillo, and blends of these grapes are all recommended – pair with richly flavoured, meaty dishes.

Try the home-produced concentrated extra virgin olive oil from the highly regarded J5 variety, which is available in handy 350ml bottles.