10 great wine bars and wine restaurants in New Zealand 2022

New Zealand is a country with a growing wine scene where you can find venues with great depth and width both when it comes to wine from the world and New Zealand. Star Wine List's ambassador, sommelier Maciej Zimny, has selected his favourite wine spots in the country – check out the wine bars and restaurants not to miss.

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  2. Phone: + 64 9 373 4778

    Address: 280 Karangahape Road, Auckland

    Apéro is a very special place on the Auckland hospitality scene: a labour of love established by restaurateur couple Leslie Hottiaux and Ismo (Mo) Koski. The interior is warm and inviting with brick walls, dim lights and stylish furniture. It’s a small yet cosy establishment situated on the prominent central curve of K-Road’s dining district. Greeted by Mo’s warm smile, unassuming nature and home-like hospitality, you feel immediately relaxed from the moment you walk in. The tables are spread on two sides of the narrow room with the kitchen and bar at the rear. You might join a communal table...

  3. Phone: +64 9-303 0238

    Address: Snickel Lane 23 Commerce Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland

    Located in the heart of New Zealand’s mega city, Auckland, La Fuente is a tiny place tucked away down Snickel Lane, in close proximity to Queen’s Wharf and the Sky Tower. La Fuente translates to "The Fountain". It’s namesake perfectly reflects the vibrancy and latin energy of this unique wine and Mezcal bar, operated by passionate Mexican-born sommelier Edmundo Farrera. Inspired by Italian fashion, always well-dressed and well-groomed, you can’t help but notice Edmundo’s beautiful shoes and cool, suave charisma when he greets you at the door. I adore La Fuente for its welcoming atmosphere. Th...

  4. Phone: +64 9-360 2122

    Address: 283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

    Ponsonby, one of Auckland’s most glamorous suburbs near the city centre, is well known for its vibrant food and drink culture, from bustling cafes by day to fine, elegant restaurants by night. It is no wonder that Sidart is one of the most celebrated restaurants in New Zealand and has enjoyed global recognition too. With his roots in Fiji, owner and executive chef Lesley Chandra marries Indian-inspired flavours with contemporary cooking techniques to delight his guests with an elevated dining experience, driven by five-star standards and delivered with uncompromising excellence. The menu at S...

  5. Phone: +64 9-368 4129

    Address: Saint Patricks Square, Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland

    The Grove restaurant is located in Auckland’s city centre, just off the bustling hub of Queen Street, next to Saint Patrick’s Square. The Grove has achieved nationwide recognition for its high-end fine dining and degustation experience, gaining many culinary awards since the opening in 2004. Upon entering you are met by the Maitre d’ and ushered through to the comfortable bar space, which offers a good preview of the culinary experience in the main dining room. The stylish interior creates a warm and inviting atmosphere and the staff move with serenity. White tablecloths, comfortable chairs,...

  6. Phone: +64 4-471 1313

    Address: 36 Customhouse Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington

    Atlas is located on the corner of Customhouse Quay, in close proximity to the central business district and Government residence, just a street across from Wellington Harbour. With its floor-to-ceiling glass frontage you can enjoy plenty of natural light during lunch, and the magical lights of the city during the evening. When it comes to fine dining experience, this is the place to visit in Wellington. Atlas is thoughtfully designed with the modern diner in mind, finished with a stylish interior, comfortable seating and subtle wooden elements which create a welcoming atmosphere, perfectly sui...

  7. Phone: +64 4-499 4199

    Address: 99 Boulcott Street, Wellington Central, Wellington

    Without a doubt, Boulcott Street Bistro is a Wellington institution. Established in 1991, this charming, cosy restaurant is located in a beautiful old Victorian cottage on the outskirts of the central business district of Wellington: a culinary haven amongst the hustle and bustle of city life. Inspired by Victorian gothic architecture, complete with dramatic sweeping roof, elegant gables and even a turret, this iconic venue is unforgettable once seen. The interior is filled with warm wooden elements, low beams and delicate lighting: the decor finished with white linen table cloths. If you wis...

  8. Phone: 04-802 8935

    Address: 90 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington

    Located on the third floor of QT Hotel on Wakefield Street, Hippopotamus Restaurant is a unique place on the Wellington hospitality scene. Previously known as Museum Art Hotel, the theme of this restaurant is inspired by French decadence and thought-provoking artwork. Its charm is owed in part to the vision of acclaimed hotelier Chris Parkin who purchased the building, destined to be the Museum of New Zealand, from the Government in the 1990s. To this day, QT Hotel displays Parkin’s unique art collection, built over many years and enjoyed by thousands of international travellers over the last...

  9. Phone: +64 4-385 6671

    Address: 6 Swan Lane, Te Aro, Wellington

    Situated inside an old red-brick bakehouse, Noble Rot is a cosy European-inspired wine bar and restaurant tucked away on the corner of Swan Lane. The fit-out is mainly composed of exposed brick walls, wood and steel elements, adding an old-fashioned charm, but you are immediately struck by its distinctive features upon entering: the bespoke, two-tier wine bottle chandeliers that command the attention of all who sit under them. Wine bottles are everywhere, displayed on just about every surface, shelf and wall you can see. The interior is split between three sections: the bar, dining area and...

  10. Address: 60 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

    Puffin Wine Bar has found its home at The Intrepid Hotel, former warehouse of Cadbury Chocolate, just off Cuba Street. This hidden gem is located at the gateway to the culinary district of Wellington, surrounded by restaurants, brew bars, music venues, vibrant street art and some of the capital’s best coffee shops. You are drawn off the street by dim lighting shining through a long corridor: the secret entrance to Puffin. The interior decor boasts a long brass bar top, intimate sofa booths along the wall and casual seating in the middle of the room. Towards the rear there is a small, cosy cour...

  11. Phone: +64 3-579 1176

    Address: 24-26 Maxwell Road, Blenhiem Central, Blenheim

    Scotch Wine Bar is located in Marlborough, the region at the heart of New Zealand’s wine industry, home to some of the country’s finest wine producers. The town of Blenheim is at the centre of the regional capital, a busy, vibrant place formed through generations of farming and winemaking. Scotch is the perfect place to explore wines from the region, New Zealand and the world. It’s a popular destination for the local community, tourists and local winemakers alike: in fact it’s not unusual to be seated for dinner and realise you are only a few tables away from one of New Zealand’s renowned wi...