The Man O’ War story begins with a special piece of land which has a rich history. Located at the Eastern End of Waiheke Island, Man O’ War is a stunning array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming a ruggedly beautiful coastline.
It was along this coastline that Captain James Cook came to anchor during his first voyage around the islands of New Zealand in 1769. Upon sighting the ancient stands of magnificent Kauri trees ashore, Cook noted in his journals that they would make ideal masts for the warships of the Royal Navy. Thus the name Man O’ War was bestowed upon this unique land.
Journey to the Eastern End of Waiheke Island via the loop road or come by sea and you will find our Tasting Room sitting on the beach front at Man O’ War Bay surrounded by Pohutukawa trees. You can relax on the rattan furniture in the shade of the verandah that surrounds the Tasting Room, or enjoy the sun at one of the many bench tables on the lawn.
On entering the Tasting Room you will notice the cedar clad pitched roof, recycled matai flooring and the Man O’ War bar that has been crafted from sustainably sourced Kauri akin to the magnificent stands that occupy the hills surrounding the Tasting Room. Old photographs, maps and art lattice the walls and tell the story of Man O’ War’s legacy, land and wine.
Relax and enjoy on your own or bring the family and take pleasure in a delicious glass of Man O’ War wine and a tempting platter of cheeses, olives and other local produce. The Tasting Room offers complimentary tastings of Man O’ War wines. Man O’ War Tasting Room – open 7 days a week from 11 am to 6pm in Summer and 11am – 4pm in Winter.v