5 Day Taste of Auckland

5 Day Taste of Auckland

Auckland is surrounded by wine regions, each distinctively different. Matakana lies less than an hour to the north, Kumeu (New Zealand's oldest wine region) is west and even closer and out in the Hauraki Gulf there's Waiheke, the "island of wine".

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 and 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, and 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 & 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.

Tour Info

Tour Name: 5 Day Taste of Auckland
From: Auckland to Auckland
Valid: May 18 - Mar 19
Price:
From (NZD) $1942 per person
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Code: SBAKL5FW

Inclusions

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

Day 1
Arrive in Auckland

On arrival in Auckland make your way to the boutique centrally located Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. The rest of today is at leisure to enjoy the local sights.

Day 2
Waiheke Island

Enjoy the delights of Waiheke Island on this popular tour.

Day 3
Auckland Sightseeing

Full day Tastes of Matakana tour.

Day 4
Auckland Sightseeing

Half day tour to Kumeu Wine Country.

Day 5
Depart Auckland

Free time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before you make your way out to the airport for your onward flight.

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5 Day Taste of Auckland
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Tour Code: SBAKL5FW
From (NZD) $1942 per person
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Departures: May 18 - Mar 19

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