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Sip wine, taste honey, savor chocolate and indulge in a winery lunch with local art on this Matakana Coast day trip from Auckland. An in-the-know guide accompanies your small group to this premier arts-and-crafts destination on New Zealand's North Island, including stops at two local wineries, the Puhoi Honey Centre, a delectable hand-made chocolate factory and the Brick Bay sculpture park. Numbers are limited to a nine people to ensure a more personalized experienced.


  • Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour
  • Taste delicious honeys and try mead (honey wine)
  • Enjoy wine tastings at local vineyards
  • Relax over lunch in the glasshouse at Brick Bay Wines
  • Wander the Brick Bay Sculpture Park to view an array of sculptures among the native NZ bush
  • Try the delectable handmade chocolates at Chocolate Brown

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland

Matakana Coast Food and Wine Small Group Day Trip from Auckland

Start your small-group tour with hotel pickup in Auckland before heading to the Matakana Coast, located less than an hour's drive away. Your first stop is the Honey Centre in Warkworth, a family-run establishment boasting the largest display of live bees in New Zealand. Watch the buzzing insects at work and taste an array of natural honeys, such as manuka and clover, along with mead (honey wine) and fruit wine. 

Continue your wine tasting at a local winery, where your guide points out the complex aromas, flavors and textures of award-winning wines.

Visit Brick Bay Wines and their Sculpture Trail for a wine-tasting and art extravaganza.  Sensitively sited along an easy walking trail, around 45 carefully chosen sculptures are given room to breathe in a stimulating interaction between the natural environment and the artistic impulse.

Returning to Brick Bay’s Glass House, sample their handcrafted wines followed by a delicious platter lunch made from many locally-sourced ingredients as you reflect on your experience of ‘art and wine entwined’ at Brick Bay.

Next, tantalize your taste buds at Chocolate Brown with a sampling of decadent handmade chocolates along with a refreshing tea or coffee.

Finally (time allowing), stop at the Parry Kauri Park and view some spectacular Kauri trees in a magnificent bush setting before completing your full-day tour with the return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: due to seasonality, winery tours and lunch venue are subject to change.

Customer Reviews

Brooke S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Throughly enjoyed the two wineries. The honey stop was also terrific, great for gifts! The pottery wasn't a highlight, but was good to stretch the legs. The knowledge of our guide was wonderful and greatly appreciated. The chocolate shop was a real highlight, make sure you save room to enjoy some truly delicious treats.
The pick of the day was the sculpture park, lots of fresh-air and the diversity in the art was inspiring. Really something for everyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour! Thoroughly enjoyed the wine tasting, especially at Ransom Wines. Dave, my tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Highlights was the lunch at Brick Bay and the visit to see the Kauri tree.... Worth every penny!

Angela K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Loved the small group tour. Much better than the large group ones. Our driver/guide was interesting and had tons of information to share with us the whole trip. The three Vineyards were very different, so it made it more interesting. The pottery factory was a nice change. The meal was great, so was the coffee stop.

Heath A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Fantastic! Highly recommend this tour!

Heath A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Fantastic! Highly recommend this tour!


4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Alexander, our guide was wonderful. He was very considerate and accommodating. The wineries were beautiful! We loved Brick Bay!

Kari J

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

This was a great tour. We really enjoyed getting out of the city and seeing the sights. Our favorite had to be Brick Bay Winery! The area is so beautiful and the lunch was amazing. Some of the best food we had while in New Zealand. As if on cue during lunch a flock of sheep came down the mountainside. Chocolate Brown was a high point as well. This was a small group tour but we were the only ones that day so we were able to move somewhat at our own pace which was nice. John our guide was very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this tour!

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