5 Day Taste of Auckland
5 Day Taste of Auckland
Auckland is surrounded by wine regions, each distinctively different. Experience three of these wine regions along with their spectacular surroundings on this 5 day getaway.
|Tour Name:||5 Day Taste of Auckland|
|From:||Auckland to Auckland|
|Valid:||May 18 - Mar 19|
From (NZD) $1942 per person
|4 nights boutique accommodation at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour|
|Full breakfasts daily|
|Day trip to Waiheke Island with vineyard tour, tastings, lunch & return ferry travel|
|Full day Taste of Matakana Tour including cheese & wine tastings, lunch, afternoon tea, Morris & James pottery and Brick Bay Sculpture Park|
|Half day tour to Kumeu Wine Country including vineyard lunch with glass of wine and Muriwai Beach (with Gannet colony Aug-Apr)|
Short Break Exclusions & Extras
Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. Airport transfers are at your own expense, read our FAQ’s for more information. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.
Day by Day Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Auckland! Once you’ve moved through customs and collected your baggage, make your way to the boutique centrally located Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. You’ve landed on the doorstep of New Zealand’s largest city, an idyllic setting overlooking the forested Waitakere Ranges, the sheltered Manukau Harbour and the island-studded Hauraki Gulf to the north. No wonder over a million people choose to live here!
Beautiful beaches and dreamy offshore islands are just half an hour from the city. In fact, the sea is so much a part of the place that an unusually high number of people own their own boats, giving the city its moniker of the ‘City of Sails’.
Today you will make your way to the Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal (5 min walk) and board your ferry for a pleasant cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island. On arrival you’ll be greeted at the wharf by your tour driver and taken to Stonyridge Vineyard where you’ll enjoy a tour as well as tastings, plus a sumptuous light lunch.
On to Rangihoua Estate where you will be given an introduction to Waiheke’s olive growing industry and also be able to sample some local oils. A stop at Wild on Waiheke offers optional beer tasting as well as wine. You will have the chance to sample home grown preserves and chutneys. Your tour ends with wine tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard before returning to the ferry terminal.
Leave behind the bustle of the city as you head north in your luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Travel through the rolling green hills and past beautiful coastline before arriving at The Honey Centre where you’ll find New Zealand’s largest display of live bees and a huge range of honeys available for tasting.
Next, visit a local vineyard and taste award-winning wine. Nearby, enjoy the relaxed ambience and timeless beauty of the Morris & James Collection which will delight you with its range of individually hand-crafted pots, wall art and sculptural pieces. Lunch is at Mahurangi River Winery with its contemporary New Zealand architecture and wide pastoral views.
At the Brick Bay winery, sample hand crafted wines in the unique Glass House building. The day is rounded off with a stop at Chocolate Brown where they hand-make outrageously fine chocolates.
After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be collected from your hotel and taken to the Kumeu Valley where the wineries date back to the 1930s when families of Croatian origin established winemaking in the area. These families are still living and working in the area today, making some of New Zealand’s most renowned wines.
These vineyards contrast with the spectacular coastal scenery of the area. Your tour will visit 3 award-winning wineries and you’ll have the opportunity to see one of the world’s largest seabirds in their natural environment (August to April). Your journey takes you to one of the few mainland gannet nesting sites in the world situated on the cliff-tops overlooking the Tasman Sea.
Free time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before you make your way out to the airport for your onward flight.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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Your dedicated tour consultant will email you through a quote. If it looks good, then full payment is required to confirm the booking (within 45 days) or a deposit of $100 per person is required outside this period. This must be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). We do not charge credit card fees on our short break packages. If the properties listed in the holiday package are unavailable at this time, we will provide you with alternatives until you are happy.
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Some short break packages do not include (or may not require) a hire car, or internal flights. Relaxing Journeys can organise these extras for you and include them in your quote if you wish – or you can just book the short break ‘as is’, and organise everything else yourself. These extras can be requested after choosing your date and clicking ‘Confirm Availability’ on the right of this page.
The cost of getting to & from the airport to your accommodation is generally not included, although on some occasions it is, in which case we have specifcally mentioned it in the itinerary. There are always plenty of taxis or shuttles waiting at the airport. You also have the option in most cases to catch a bus into the city centres.
Once your deposit has been paid and you have received your deposit confirmation, we will organise your short break and when completed (normally within 48 hours) we will email you confirmation. When you pay your balance (45 days before the start date) we will email you a ‘Short Break Voucher’ shortly after along with your arrival information and everything else you need. Print this off and take it with you to NZ.
Your deposit is non-refundable. Relaxing Journeys would have already booked and confirmed all the components of your holiday and we will have to cancel everything and adhere to each suppliers cancellation policy. Should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 45 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price plus your deposit).
44-22 days prior to departure – 25%
21-10 days prior to departure – 35%
9 days or less prior to departure – 50%
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