The Vineyard

The Waitapu vineyard, which has the benefit of three quite different “terroir” on the property, now produces a range of wines with excellent intensity, flavour and rich colours. Much effort has been put into gaining “Sustainability” status from Wine New Zealand.

Waitapu’s delicious range of fine wines can also be purchased direct from the cellar, local wine outlets, restaurants and online from this website.


Stylish surroundings, good food, wines and gracious hosting, make Waitapu Estate truly a singularly stunning venue for a wedding in Northland.

Contact us for vineyard tours and wine tastings.

Photographs in the gardens or with the backdrop of the vineyard or wide expanse of the Tasman Sea makes a Waitapu Estate wedding a truly memorable occasion.

For more information about having your function or wedding at Waitapu Estate please contact us.


Waitapu comes from the Maori language meaning “Sacred Water” and the family has always taken their guardianship of the property very seriously planting over 80,000 native trees, many raised from seed on the property since the purchase in 2000. The bio-diversity of plants in the vineyard is a very important element of Waitapu Estate ecology which has become home to many New Zealand birds. With solar panels for electricity and the large range of plants, plus minimal use of fuels, makes us close to carbon neutral.

The Owners

Eric and Sandra purchased the land and began developing a lifestyle block in 1999. Starting with windbreak of Pittosporums around the boundary of the property.

Eric completed a diploma course in Viticulture with the Eastern Institute of technology in Hastings, which was truly a great way to be able to taste a wide range of wines, and learn from the many other students working in the industry on the course, along with gaining knowledge about growing grapes and making wine.

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  • Waitapu Estate is a beautiful and very special place. Wine is the star of the show but just one delicious part of the story. Fabulous independent family-run vineyard. Great wine... read more

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  • Randomly saw signs for a winery and decided to visit and man am I glad we did. We got a tour of the estate while another group tasted which was... read more

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  • Fantastic wine tasting experience. Lovely wine (particularly enjoyed all the reds). Great scenery, with a bit of an explanation of the views, and really welcoming and engaging hosts. Recommend dropping... read more

    Thomas Jones Avatar Thomas Jones
  • Excellent place to stop in. Eric is friendly the wines very nice and fairly priced. You also get thrown in a fantastic view and some delicious water is on offer.... read more

    Andy McIntosh Avatar Andy McIntosh
  • Wow!!! This was the best wine tasting experience we have had! Eric was so friendly and made us feel really welcome from the get go - his love of life,... read more

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  • Their website doesn't do them justice, my partner and I stopped in here during the long weekend and Eric was a great host we had a lovely old chat tasting... read more

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