Kumeu/Huapai Village and the surrounding countryside is most notably known as Auckland's Wine Country. The area is steeped in history with wineries 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. 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.
Kumeu-Huapai is also a thriving industrial area. Its businesses service and support many industries including forestry, construction, heavy transport, engineering, marine and viticulture to name a few.
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 also well known as a centre for breeding and training standardbreds (horses) as well as being a strong competitive equestrian district.
Being only 26 kilometres from the centre of Auckland on State Highway 16, 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.