Relax & Enjoy NZ Wine Tasting & Picturesque Sightseeing in the South Island & North Island of New Zealand
Archer Tours specialises in relaxing, tailored wine tours and itineraries to suit you. Archer Tours enables you to enjoy wonderful scenery while on your wine trip in Auckland, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wairapa, Malborough, Nelson, Canterbury and / or Central Otago.
Get in touch with us to tell us your interests and we'll create an itinerary to suit you. Alternatively, have a look at our 2 week wine tour itinerary - providing recommendations on the most beautiful wineries.
Auckland has around 100 vineyards and wineries. Auckland has some of New Zealand’s oldest established vineyards, with vines first planted in Northland in 1819. Auckland is also best known for its Bordeaux style wines - mouth-filling Cabernet Sauvignons and complex Chardonnays.
Gisbourne is New Zealand’s 4th largest grape growing region. Gisborne vineyards concentrate on Chardonnay, with other white varies including Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Riesling widely planted.
Hawke's Bay is New Zealand's second largest wine growing region and one of its oldest. Wineries have been produced in the Bay since the 19th century. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape variety, but the warm weather is also ideal for some red grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
Wairarapa has a climate similar to Marlborough, with low rainfall, high sunshine hours and cool nights. Their boutique wineries have a big reputation for the quality of their Pinot Noir wines.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region. It has an international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. It also makes very good Chardonnay and Riesling and is fast developing a reputation for high quality Pinot Noir. There are approximately ten thousand hectares of grapes growing in Marlborough and one third are planted in Sauvignon Blanc.
Nelson is one of the country’s smaller wine regions, with very picturesque vineyards. . Nelson vineyards concentrate mostly on producing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir.
Canterbury / Christchurch
Canterbury, well known for its lamb, is also becoming well known and appreciated for its Riesling and Pinot Noir wines.
Central Otago is the world’s southern most wine-producing region and I believe it is New Zealand's most picturesque region. The summers are hot and dry, and the winters crisp and snowy so it is a great place to produce some of New Zealand’s very best Pinot Noir.