Rutherford is within easy reach of many of Hunter Valley’s attractions. PepperTree Wines and the Oaks Golf Course are just two of the best places to explore here. Also worth checking out are Brokenwood Wines and the Scarborough Wine Co.
If the sun is out, follow the lead of the locals who know the area best and head outside to the nearby parks and reserves. To discover the native flora and fauna, head out to the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin. Immerse yourself in nature and spend some quality time outdoors in tranquil places such as Carmichael Park in Mount View.
A pleasant way to experience the countryside is to head for the greens at the area’s excellent courses such as the Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in Pokolbin.
There are some fun options for those without children, such as the Audrey Wilkinson Winery in Pokolbin, the David Hook Wines and the Briar Ridge Vineyard in Mount View.
Experience Rutherford’s heartland at EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle. This is home to Newcastle Knights rugby league team in winter and the Newcastle Jets soccer team. Relive the match’s highlights over a few drinks with local fans after the full-time siren blows in one of the nearby pubs, clubs or bars.
To make the most of this fascinating part of the world, consider staying close by in one of the area’s many accommodation options. If you're looking for great service and a comfortable bed, it’s hard to go past the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale, the Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation, Pokolbin, and the Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, Pokolbin.