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Black sands, native wildlife and award-winning wine awaits you on this 3.5-hour morning or afternoon tour of Auckland’s wild western coast. Following pickup from your central Auckland hotel, you’ll travel to Muriwai, a coastal enclave whose windswept beach and swelling waves draw surfers and visitors from miles around. Stroll the beach and visit the famous cliff-top gannet colony, then continue to a nearby wine estate, where you’ll taste an outstanding selection of local varietals and blends.
Begin with a morning or afternoon pickup from your hotel in Auckland CBD, and then travel out of the city center to West Auckland in a climate-controlled vehicle. On the way, you’ll cruise through the scenic areas of Waimaulu, Kumeu and Huapai, the latter of which translates as “the place of excellent fruit” in Māori.
On arrival in Muriwai, roughly 26 miles (42 km) west of central Auckland, jump out of the vehicle to explore with your guide. Walk along the sparkling black sands and learn more about the area’s history. Then, continue to Otakamiro Point, whose cliffs and rocky nesting areas are home to the region’s only gannet colony.
Next, continue to Kumeu River Wines, Matua Wines or West Brook wine estate, where you’ll take part in a guided wine tasting, sampling fine local varietals such as pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling.
After roughly 3.5 hours, your tour concludes with a drop-off back at your hotel.
Lovely afternoon highly knowledgeable tour guide, 2 great wine tastings, some incredible scenery and a fabulous view of the gannet colony. Highly recommended and good value.
Our day with John was amazing. He picked us up right in front of our hotel and we got lucky to be the only people booked that day, it was a private wine tour. We headed out to the vineyards and tasted some great wines. Big shout out to The Hunting Lodge Winery and Rota - it was our favorite of the day. John then took us to the coast to see the gannets and their chicks. What a majestical sight. An overall great day and would totally do this tour again next time we are in Auckland.
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