June 16, 2014

New Zealand: sleeping in a vineyard

I’ve just spent 5 glorious days tootling around Central Otago in a Maui motorhome and the highlight was spending a night sleeping in a vineyard.

The Winery Havens are a unique concept that Maui have pioneered. They have five vineyards they’ve partnered with (so far) and all you do is book in for $140, drive your mobile apartment to said winery and you will be shown to your personal parking space with vineyard views – and in our case at Carrick, looking over the beautiful Lake Dunstan surrounded by autumn colours under huge blue skies.

Carrick Winery

Home sweet home. Our night at Carrick.

If you time it right (like I did) or you call in advance, you can meet the owner or the wine maker and take a backstage tour of fermenting barrels, then have a little taste as you get to know all about their wines. Wine growers and their makers are passionate people, so this Winery Haven experience provides a lot more than parking up for a night away from noisy neighbours.

Mercury Bay, NZ

Mercury Bay Estate at Whitianga

I’m a curious person (bloggers tend to be!) so I could taste and talk all night long about the art of wine making, what got them started on their journey, etc, etc.

But wait, there’s more. You are then provided with a picnic basket from the chef and a bottle of wine to take to your camper van and cook up a gourmet meal to eat inside if it’s chilly, or roll your awning out, set up your table and chairs bask in the stillness of a New Zealand vineyard.

Coney Wines NZ

Coney Wines, Martinborough

It’s a brilliant experience and I can whole-heartedly recommend it.

Maui’s partner wineries are Carrick Wines in Central Otago, Mercury Bay Estate in the Coromandel, Coney Wines in the Wairarapa, Linden Estate in Hawke’s Bay, and Forrest Wines in Marlborough.

Linden Estate NZ

Linden Estate, Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay

Forrest Wines, NZ

Forrest Wines in Marlborough

Click here for all the info you need on booking a night in the vines at one of Maui’s Winery Havens!

About Megan Singleton

Megan

Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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