When your cruise ship docks in Auckland, you’re picked up at Prince's Wharf to start your half-day shore excursion to New Zealand’s west coast wineries. Hop inside a minivan and depart Auckland's city center and western suburbs for this North Island wine region.
An informative guide escorts you to a large, established winery and a smaller boutique label, where you can taste a range of New Zealand varietals produced from grapes grown in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne all the way to the South Island’s Marlborough wine region and Central Otago.
If you've selected a morning departure, you'll stop at a vista point overlooking the black sands of Muriwai Beach and the tranquil waters of the Tasman Sea. Follow your guide on a brief walk to Otakamiro Point, home to the Takapu Refuge — New Zealand's northernmost gannet colony. Get an up-close look at these seabirds with wingspans up to 6 feet (2 meters).
If you've chosen the afternoon tour option, you'll visit an additional winery instead.
Conclude your tour with a return trip to the Auckland port via the rugged Tasman coastline, arriving back at the waterfront in time to re-board your cruise ship.
Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.