A Taste of Auckland
- 8.25 Hours
- On request
Spend the morning exploring Auckland city on a small group tour then taste some of New Zealand's best wine, eat local food and drink in the dramatic scenery of Auckland's west coast. The morning tour is designed to not only show you the history, sights and sounds but also see how Aucklanders live and play. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand's largest and busiest city.
After the morning city tour, a 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland takes you to the Kumeu Wine Country.
Your first tasting is at award-winning Soljans Vineyard. Enjoy lunch at Soljans Winery restaurant which has been built with sunshine in mind and serves Mediterranean-style food with a New Zealand twist, showcasing fresh seasonal produce from around the region. Next to tempt the taste buds is Coopers Creek who offer an extensive range of wines for every unique taste and occasion.
Your journey then takes you to one of the few mainland gannet nesting sites in the world situated on the cliff-tops overlooking the Tasman Sea where you have the chance to see one of the world's largest seabirds in their natural environment. Here you get a close-up of gannet behaviour without disturbing their environment. The views extend for miles along the wild, black, iron sand beach of Muriwai.
Your final tasting is at West Brook Winery. The West Brook cellar door looks across an idyllic duck pond and terraced picnic area to row after row of vines. The wines reflect true varietal character and their unique regional origins.
Duration: 8.25 Hours
Departs: 9 a.m. - Returns: 5:15 p.m.