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About Kumeu

Kumeu

Kumeu Village and the surrounding countryside of Waimauku and Muriwai Valley plays host to the Kumeu Wine Country wine trail. This area is steeped in history with wineries in the area dating back to the 1930s when families from Croatia established homes and livelihoods just as they had in their homeland. This influence remains strong, with many of these families still living locally and producing world class wines.

The wineries range in size from boutique artisan winemakers to some of the best known names in the wine industry, offering an array of diverse and interesting wine styles.

Some of the wineries concentrate their efforts producing wines from the unique vineyards of the Kumeu Wine Country; whilst others produce wines from other reputed grape growing regions such as Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Wairarapa and Central Otago.

Kumeu Wine Country is renowned for its unique cellar door experiences, offering many festivals, special events and summertime jazz to entertain you. No visit to Kumeu would be complete without stopping for a well deserved meal or coffee at one of several award winning restaurants or cafés ideally situated in this beautiful region.

For those planning a wedding, there are numerous romantic venues perfect for intimate gatherings, through to large scale celebrations. Dotted along the wine trail is an array of specialty shops and galleries hosting displays from talented local artists, the ideal location for a spot of shopping. Why not indulge yourself with a visit to a day spa to relax and revive?

You will be tempted to extend your stay here with a variety of rural farm stays, motels or superior B&B’s on offer.

Huapai

The commercial and business hub of the district with two shopping centres, building and hardware retailers, three banks, professional services, bars and restaurants it is
“THE CENTRE” of the district in all respects.

All this as well as vineyards, orchards and craft shops, is only 26 kilometres from the centre of Auckland on State Highway 16. In March each year the Kumeu Showgrounds holds one of the southern hemisphere’s biggest one-day shows. A variety of other cultural festivals and events take place in the grounds throughout the year.

The district is well known as a centre for breeding and training standard-breds (horses) as well as being a strong competitive equestrian district. Kumeu-Huapai is also a thriving industrial area. Its businesses support and service many industries including forestry, construction, heavy transport, engineering, marine and viticulture to name a few.

There are numerous outdoor locations which provide great venues for special family events or larger scale television and film settings.

Riverhead

One of the oldest established communities in the west on the banks of the Rangitopuni River.

The township derives its name from the fact that it is at the uppermost limit of the Waitemata Harbour, thus early settlers were able to sail as they explored the river and its surrounding bush land.

A museum also offers an insight to the history of its early European settlers.

With a school, rugby club, shops and a busy community centre it is classic “small town” New Zealand.

Taupaki

Taupaki constitutes a peaceful rural village with a strong sense of history in the areas development. It is only a few minutes from the Waitakere Railway station where the city commuter line ends. The community is based around lifestyle blocks there is a primary school and a retirement home to ensure all stages of life are catered for!

Waimauku

Located at the junction of SH16 and Muriwai Road this is an attractive lifestyle village. Great country living with everything you need – primary school, playcentre, day-care centre, medical centre service station and shops.

Several road-side outlets also offer a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables – “healthy food on the go” as you seek out another adventure in the West. There is also a great function centre offering venues for weddings or other gatherings in an historic building.

Just over the hill is another first class restaurant located in a renowned vineyard.