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Taste an array of New Zealand wines on this Auckland shore excursion to North Island wineries. Your half-day winery tour with a knowledgeable guide includes a lookout point over the Tasman Sea en route to two or three wineries by minivan. With a choice of morning and afternoon options, you can choose the tour that best suits your schedule. Port pickup and drop-off at Prince's Wharf is included.


  • Winery tour of the North Island's West Coast wine region from Auckland
  • Visit two or three wineries and sample local wine varieties like chardonnay and pinot noir
  • Learn about wine making in the region from your knowledgeable guide and winery staff
  • Enjoy views of the Tasman Sea, and see Muriwai black-sand beach and the Takapu gannet colony (if morning departure selected)
  • Travel in comfort and style in a deluxe, air-conditioned minivan
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Auckland Shore Excursion: West Coast Wineries Tour

Auckland Shore Excursion: West Coast Wineries Tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Cadence D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

We took this tour because we were visiting Auckland for 1 day on a cruise and had limited time. John, our tour guide took us to wineries that matched our taste in wines. On the way we stopped to see a gannet colony which was a fascinating insight into these birds. This was a great tour and we highly recommend it.

Colin United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Written instructions said be at Hilton Hotel but the MPV was somewhere else. Hilton hotel assisted and tracked down Viators supplier who was Canterbury Leisure and they are then subcontracted to Auckland Wineries Tours. Eventually they found us. The tour felt 'rushed' but was never the less very pleasant and enjoyable

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