Our History

Falaise & Lt. Commander Sydney John Hales R.N. settled & named Fiddler’s Green in 1981.
 Barry & Jennie Johns established the renowned wine vineyard a decade later winning multiple international awards. 
After a worldwide search at sea for two years, the Rath family sailed into New Zealand in 2016 to find & restore the property to an organic vineyard & bistro.

Fiddler’s Green is in 19th-century maritime folklore describing a kind of hereafter for sailors, where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing, the wine never stops flowing and dancers never tire.

Fiddler’s Green lore states “a sailor can find this paradisiacal land by walking inland with an oar over his shoulder until he finds a place where people ask him what he’s carrying.” 
Fiddler’s Green is where the Rath family has found their heaven on earth to produce fine wines & dining for sailors and land lovers alike.

Events & Press

It's made from shipping containers, but this
vineyard build is no tiny home

It's made from shipping containers, but this
vineyard build is no tiny home

Fiddler’s Green Vineyard and Bistro owner Colin Rath designed this container home, with plans drawn up by Earthcube.

It's made from shipping containers, but this
vineyard build is no tiny home

Fiddler’s Green Vineyard and Bistro owner Colin Rath designed this container home, with plans drawn up by Earthcube.

Free Luxury Shuttle for groups of 10-40 from Christchurch & North Canterbury that order a 3 Course meal. For Mid-Winter get togethers, Birthdays, Family Reunions & special occasions.

Open Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 22:00

Free Luxury Shuttle for groups of 10-40 from Christchurch & North Canterbury that order a 3 Course meal. For Mid-Winter get togethers, Birthdays, Family Reunions & special occasions.

Open Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 22:00

A 3 Course meal includes a Starter, Main & Dessert course per person. Please leave advance notice of at least 3 days to set up the Luxury shuttle service. Unfortunately, Any Diners using the luxury shuttle service that do not order 3 courses could be charged $20 for shuttle service.
We are offering this service to alleviate the burden of driving for our customers and provide an alternative for people to get together, but I am sure you understand it needs to be economical for all involved. Thank you

Free Luxury Shuttle for groups of 10-40 from Christchurch & North Canterbury that order a 3 Course meal. For Mid-Winter get togethers, Birthdays, Family Reunions & special occasions.

Open Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 22:00

A 3 Course meal includes a Starter, Main & Dessert course per person. Please leave advance notice of at least 3 days to set up the Luxury shuttle service. Unfortunately, Any Diners using the luxury shuttle service that do not order 3 courses could be charged $20 for shuttle service.
We are offering this service to alleviate the burden of driving for our customers and provide an alternative for people to get together, but I am sure you understand it needs to be economical for all involved. Thank you

Fiddler's Green wines at the America's Cup Village in Auckland

Fiddler's Green wines at the America's Cup Village in Auckland

Fiddler's Green Vineyard is proud to be served at The New Zealand House in the 2021 America's Cup Village in Auckland.

Fiddler's Green wines at the America's Cup Village in Auckland

Fiddler's Green Vineyard is proud to be served at The New Zealand House in the 2021 America's Cup Village in Auckland.