Wine writer Bob Campbell MW sent the following information about wine storage in New Zealand. Please send your recommendations via the Comments box at the end of the article.
Wine storage is a new and very welcome addition to the New Zealand scene. The Fine Wine Delivery Company, an Auckland-based wine retailer, recently built a complex of temperature-controlled lockers on their premises. The storage rooms are of various sizes (there's also a casual storage area available for a 'per bottle per month' storage fee). It is possible to hire a storage space for, say, 500 bottles on an annual contract for a fee payable monthly (a little over NZ$1 per bottle per year when I last did the calculations). Key-holders can access their wines in the high-security building between the hours of 6am and midnight. They also have use of a lounge with full cooking facilities plus an outside deck with barbecue (no extra charge for the use of these facilities). The lockers were quickly snapped up. Casual storage is the only available option at the moment. Their web site is www.finewineonline.co.nz