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Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland with afternoon wine tasting on this full-day excursion, including a winery lunch. Travel by minivan with a professional guide past significant landmarks, appreciate the views over Auckland Harbour, and enjoy a beach stroll. Then savor wine at three award-winning North Island wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure a memorable experience with like-minded wine lovers. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights

  • Full day combination tour of Auckland city and Kumeu wine country from Auckland
  • Spend the morning seeing the highlights of Auckland including Queen Street, Posonby, Devonport and Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • 2-course lunch including a glass of wine at an award-winning winery restaurant
  • Stroll along awe-inspiring Muriwai Beach and see one of the rare mainland nesting sites for the gannet, a large seabird
  • Enjoy wine tastings at three Kumeu wineries
  • Learn from your local guide about the 20th-century immigrants who started making wine in the Kumeu region
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures personalized attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

Auckland City Tour and Kumeu Wine Country

Enjoy lunch at Soljans Estate Winery

Meet your knowledgeable guide upon hotel pickup by comfortable minivan, and settle in for your morning tour of Auckland, followed by lunch and wine tasting in the afternoon.

First, explore the heritage architecture of Queen Street and view landmarks in the central business district (CBD). Then take a drive past Auckland University and the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. Your guide points out historical buildings in the bustling district of Ponsonby before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge to the North Shore.

Make a stop in the charming seaside enclave of Devonport for a meander along Narrow Neck Beach, and motor up to the nearby Mt Victoria lookout for panoramic views over the city and harbor. Returning across the bridge, your guide escorts you to Westhaven Marina for a glimpse of fishmongers and other vendors at the bustling Auckland Fish Market.

After your city tour, it’s an approximate 30-minute journey to the Kumeu wine region, known for its fine New Zealand varietals. Savor wine paired with a Mediterranean-style lunch of fresh regional dishes at the award-winning Soljans Estate Winery.

After lunch, follow your guide on a short bird-watching expedition in search of breeding gannets (large seabirds) at Muriwai Beach — one of the few mainland gannet-nesting sites in the world.

Follow up with a tasting at Matua Valley Wines before you sip more varietals and take in the scenic vineyards at West Brook Winery. Finally, relax on the picturesque drive back to your Auckland hotel.

Customer Reviews

Robert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very good overview City tour of Auckland in the morning. Great opportunity to tour the City Center, the Harbor area and several of the adjacent neighborhoods. The afternoon wine tour with three stops was outstanding. The staff at each was quite knowledgeable about their wines and food pairings. The highlight of the afternoon was a stop at the cliffs on the west shore to see the gannet and tern colonies starting their annual egg hatchings. Great introduction to Auckland for newcomers to NZ

Lester Y

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better November 2016

Too expensive!!

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