Chasing the Vine: New Zealand’s Vineyard Marathons

Published on : Tuesday, April 12, 2016

1Take an active approach to exploring New Zealand’s wine regions with a range of vineyard marathons. From the wild hillsides to sunbaked plains and curving golden sand beaches, the wine regions of New Zealand produce full-bodied reds and aromatic whites. The combination of great landscapes and award-winning wines is hard to resist – and what better way to earn that indulgent glass or two than with a vineyard marathon?

Whether you’re a “social” runner or a serious athlete, you’ll find a trail for every fitness level. Each marathon or half-marathon provides a way to experience the regions, from cellar doors and across beachfronts to winding island roads. With a flagship vineyard at the end of each run, you’ll also have the perfect motivation to reach the finish line.

These three key events – from the inaugural Waiheke Island Half-Marathon in Auckland to the Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of the North Island, and down to Marlborough at the top of the South Island – will take you past a vast number of New Zealand vineyards.

The inaugural Explore Waiheke Half-Marathon in New Zealand will give runners and wine lovers exceptional access to the island’s best features.Credit Explore WaihekeWaiheke Half Marathon – 7 May, 2016

 
The island of Waiheke, in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, is blessed with extraordinary natural features. Its ancient rock base, marine position and warmth have given rise to many of Waiheke’s award-winning vineyards, which produce primarily red wines such as syrah.

The inaugural Explore Waiheke Half-Marathon will give runners and wine lovers exceptional access to the island’s best features. The 2016 event will take place on Saturday 7 May, beginning and ending in Cable Bay vineyards. You’ll follow the predominantly flat course all over the western tip of the island, hitting the coastline on several sides, all with a different sea view. And those same cool sea breezes that do The inaugural Explore Waiheke Half-Marathon in New Zealand will give runners and wine lovers exceptional access to the island’s best features.

Travel Tips
A 35-minute crossing from downtown Auckland on a regular ferry, Waiheke is a sensational destination for those exploring the Auckland region. With varied terrain and a fresh sea breeze, the island offers plenty of action, including kayaking, mountain biking and zip-lining.

 

Source:-Tourism New Zealand

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