Sit back and sip the best New Zealand vineyards have to offer

When sampling the delights produced by New Zealand's wineries, it's much nicer to take your time than visit a quick ...
Liz Carlson

When sampling the delights produced by New Zealand's wineries, it's much nicer to take your time than visit a quick tasting room.

The way I see it, there are two types of wineries in this world.

Ones that are fast-paced with quick tasting rooms – you're in and you're out with maybe a bottle of pinot or two for the road after a speedy slurp or three. Then there are  the wineries that woo you and take the time to win you over.

Wineries that have cosy tasting rooms with big chairs and tables for gathering around, or porch swings outside where you can loll about in the sunshine with friends. One of my favourite wineries to spend a long afternoon at   is Cloudy Bay, especially with their oyster specials and tree basket swings.

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Archangel Winery in Queensbury, near Wanaka, has a family-friendly feel.
Liz Carlson

Archangel Winery in Queensbury, near Wanaka, has a family-friendly feel.

Another great winery for events or long days spent with friends is the relative newcomer of Archangel Winery in Queensbury near Wanaka.

It's a place with spirit and a family atmosphere that makes you feel like you've come home  and don't need to hurry.

The iconic Vynfields, with its landmark villa in the boutique wine growing region of the Wairarapa near Wellington, is a must for wine-loving travellers who like to take their time to enjoy sipping a solid pinot noir or riesling in a beautiful setting.

Savour a drop or two of pinot noir or riesling at Vynfields, in the boutique wine growing region of the Wairarapa near ...
Liz Carlson

Savour a drop or two of pinot noir or riesling at Vynfields, in the boutique wine growing region of the Wairarapa near Wellington.

The gardens and historic house are fabulous.

There is no shortage of stunning vistas and lovely wineries to choose from around Central Otago, but one of my favourites for its atmosphere, views and gardens must be Carrick Wines in Bannockburn.

In addition to having a delicious menu, the views from the tasting room and out in the garden are unbeatable, especially in autumn.

Great wine and food, and spectacular views - Carrick Wines in Bannockburn has it all.
Liz Carlson

Great wine and food, and spectacular views - Carrick Wines in Bannockburn has it all.

If you're a fan of the smaller New Zealand wine regions, I can't recommend the Waipara Valley enough.

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Less than an hour north of Christchurch, it's one of those up-and-coming tourist spots that have yet to be conquered by the masses.

One of many fabulous wineries  is Black Estate, for the views, the fabulous long lunches and the chardonnays.

Enjoy a fabulous long lunch, an exquisite chardonnay and drink in the views at Black Estate in the Waipara Valley.
Liz Carlson

Enjoy a fabulous long lunch, an exquisite chardonnay and drink in the views at Black Estate in the Waipara Valley.

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