We’ve traveled across the globe, and we have concluded that their is nowhere in the world more beautiful than New Zealand. Glaciers, beaches, whale watching, penguin spotting, and some of the tastiest wine on the planet… and that’s just on the South Island!

Whether you’re planning a self-drive trip to this beautiful country or just want to visit the wine regions, here is our guide to the best of the best.

Marlborough

No wine vacation to New Zealand is complete without a stop in Marlborough. Located towards the northeast section of the island, Marlborough is largely responsible for NZ becoming known as a wine destination. If you are big into Sauvignon Blanc, this is definitely the spot for you. Some of the top-rated wineries in the area include Villa Maria Marlborough Winery, Yealands Estate, and Te Whare Ra Wines Limited. While you’re in town, you absolutely must visit the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

Canterbury

The Canterbury region of New Zealand is an ideal getaway for city lovers and outdoor adventurers alike. Canterbury offers two wine regions ripe for exploring. Here, you can enjoy a nice glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, the most popular wines in the area. Wineries include Canterbury Trails, Waipara Hills, and Pegasus Bay.

Nelson

Are you a coffee in the morning, wine after 5 type of person? Does your ideal vacation include a sandy beach and a beautiful town? Then put Nelson on your bucket list! Admire the cool cultural vibes of the town in the morning, and then try the region’s Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc in the afternoon.

No matter where you visit in the South Island, you can be sure that stunning scenery and a delicious glass of wine is just around the corner!

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