Top 10 things to do in Adelaide in winter

Adelaide is a luxurious and indulgent winter destination.

Although the temperatures do cool, the weather is mostly dry, making it easy to get out and explore the city and surrounding wine regions.

You'll discover cosy laneway bars and eateries, exceptional restaurants and roaring fireplaces perfect for relaxing with a silky-smooth red wine.

The city's historic architecture is magnificent and the surrounding rural areas are a picture of Australian countryside perfection. Adelaide holidays have a freshness to them that shines through in the local produce, exceptional wines, quaint towns and friendly welcoming people. There's a lot to explore though, so here are some tips to help you find the best things to do in Adelaide in winter.

When you're ready to book, remember that Air New Zealand flies non-stop to Adelaide from Auckland, making it easy to reach from anywhere in New Zealand.

1. Explore the city

Start with breakfast in the laneways around the east end of Rundle Street, like Ebenezer Place. Then wander the Botanic Gardens or visit the art galleries and museums along North Terrace. You can also hit the shops along Rundle Mall and treat yourself to Haigh's Chocolates at the western end. To cap it all off, catch the free tram south to Adelaide's famous Central Market for fresh produce, coffee and delicious artisan foods.

2. Discover laneway bars and eateries

In recent years, Adelaide's laneways have seen an explosion of cosy wine bars, small craft beer pubs and foodie-friendly eateries. One cluster is to the west of Rundle Mall and the other is at the east end of Rundle Street. They're a highlight of Adelaide at night.

3. Enjoy a unique dining experience

For a special fine dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere, book ahead for the highly-rated dinner tasting menu at Orana. Chef and owner Jock Zonfrillo creates beautiful seasonal dishes that celebrate traditional indigenous ingredients and Australia's diverse food history.

4. Catch the tram to Glenelg

Glenelg is Adelaide's favourite city beach and the tram is the best way to get there. Walk to the end of the pier, then explore the Jetty Road shops and Marina Pier restaurants. In July, you can go ice skating under a clear-roofed marquee by the sea.

5. Head to the Adelaide Hills

Just 20 minutes from the city, the Adelaide Hills are home to orchards, cool-climate vineyards, boutique breweries, farms, cheese makers, chocolatiers, historic towns, weekend markets, cosy cafés and spectacular panoramic views. This is also where you'll find the Cleland Conservation Park, for walks on the wild side.

6. Catch the Winter Reds Festival

In the last weekend of July, more than 30 wineries in the Adelaide Hills region club together to create an amazing programme of winter-themed food and wine events. Picture roaring fires, acoustic music, hearty slow-cooked dishes and soul-warming local wines. This festival is just one of Adelaide's captivating annual events.

7. Cycle the vineyards

Visiting vineyards, markets and cafés by bike is a great way to sample local wine and food, while meeting the people who produce it. The sights, sounds and scents on the country trails between each winery add an extra dimension to the fun. Choose from the Clare Valley, Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions - each of them has a cycle wine trail that's easy to ride.

8. Escape for a long weekend of food and wine

Adelaide's main wine regions - Clare Valley, Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale - are all an easy drive from the Adelaide airport, so it's easy to enjoy an exceptional long weekend of fun, food and wine. Simply pick a region, book some romantic accommodation and catch one of our non-stop flights from Auckland.

9. Unwind at a vineyard retreat

Some of Adelaide's wineries offer luxurious secluded guest houses right on the vineyard. With a focus on peace, privacy and effortless relaxation, they're an inspired way to completely unwind and reconnect with the important things in life. Your host can recommend local restaurants, day spas and experiences you're sure to enjoy.

10. Go houseboating on the Murray River

Winter's a glorious time to cruise the lazy Murray River in air-conditioned comfort, past vineyards, eucalyptus trees, quaint towns and spectacular cliffs. Moor at peaceful spots along the way to enjoy the birdlife and scenery as the river flows gently by. These luxurious boats are very easy to drive and come with all the comforts of home.

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