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This tour exceeded expectations. The wineries we visited were welcoming and very informative about the wine producing challenges on the island. There are several different micro climates that not only affect how the grapes are grown but also the variety of grapes that are grown in each micro climate. In addition, the ferry ride to the island was very scenic and an additional reason for taking the tour.
Generous amounts of wine given and some great information re wine making and history of vineyards, very pleasant afternoon.
THIS IS A MUST TOUR!! I am SO thankful that I booked this tour--it was the highlight of my Auckland stay. I loved the cutest little island and I would love to go back as soon as possible! All of the wineries were free tastings but my favorite was by far Mudbrick. Even though it rained off and on during the tour, it was a wonderful day as a solo traveler! Highly recommend!!
Loved this tour, there where three different wineries each one a little different, just a shame no one wanted to listen to the 3rd ones introduction! Felt for the host, as people can be rude and he did right not to continue with the talk when only a few out of the party wanted to listen.
Excellent tour with beautiful scenery. Tour director, Glenn, very informative and good humour. Wines very good, Mudbrick Wines being the most informative. A very pleasant day.
Great tour loved waihiki island, tour guide was great, highly recomend.
Interesting and magnificiant landscapes, good wines ;) and an very original birthday cake :D
This tour was absolutely amazing! I loved the three wineries we visited and our tour guide was a delight. I would highly recommend this wine tour especially if they would be fortunate enough to have our tour guide. I appreciated that he had vast knowledge of all the wines, wineries and waiheke sights.
Thank you for putting together such an amazing tour
Glenn our tour leader was very personable, chatty and tried to be witty. Our visit to Mudbrick was lead by Tristan who was incredibly knowledgeable on growing the grapes, winemaking and the wines themselves. The views from the winery were spectacular and the wines were very good - the chardonnay was my favorite. Goldies served some wonderful cheeses and good wine. At the last winery Te Whau, the owner explained to us his philosophy of wine growing that is very different from the main stream, he was very passionate. The wines are of the Bordeaux style which are not to my taste, but were good. It was a great way to spend the afternoon on Valentines Day.
Beautiful island with tours and tastings at three vineyards---very nice day!
The venues on this excursion were great and the excursion very enjoyable. Good tour guide. But I would recommend that the excursion be lengthened because we felt rushed at each venue.
L'ile est superbe mais les vins sont un peu chers à mon goût mais c'est une chouette balade en ferry puis en minibus, le chauffeur était très cordial.
A really good tour but would have got much more out of this if the guidance from Viator had been a lot better. All it says is be ready 20 minutes prior to departure time pier 2 - 1pm start. What it should have said was go to the Fullers ticket booth on pier 2, swap your voucher for boat/bus and tour tickets then get the 1pm boat to Waiheke. You meet your tour guide and transport on Waiheke Island and not at Auckland Pier 2. We would have got a lot more out of this tour had we known this - good job we asked at the ticket booth or we would have missed the tour - and we wouldn't have been the only ones. We could have caught a much earlier ferry to Waiheke and used the included bus pass to tour the island and town prior to meeting the guide at the ferry terminal. We visited 3 wineries - Mudbrick, Cable Bay and Te Whau Vineyards. Wine was excellent, food/snacks at Cable Bay was nice but in short supply for the number on the tour cheese and crackers. The guide Glen was very knowledgeable with a wry sense of humour. A really pleasant afternoon that could have been a great day out.
Was a fun tour, guide was great.
Wish there was just 1 more vineyard, but loved the 3 we went to.
Very easy to obtain our Ferry tickets included in the price of the tour from Auckland to Waiheke Island. Our driver and tour guide was Glenn and he made the tour quite fun. Mudbrick Vineyard is an upscale attraction and the Mudbrick guide gave a good tour. Personally preferred the Mudbrick wines over Goldie and Te Whau.
Although we enjoyed the three vineyards and the history of the island given by the tour guide we found his constant jokes annoying. He also was berating us for not laughing at his jokes!
Fantastic scenery, great guide would love to do it all again. The only downfall was that we couldn't go over to the island in the morning to use our bus pass before the tour and had to leave the island straight after it finished to get to our next activity..
Great tour. Awesome wineries and fantastic scenery but felt rushed. Do an entire day if you can!
The 3 wineries Mudbrick, Cable Bay, and Te Motu were great, but it was too large of a group 32 and we were very rushed. In fact, at the last winery most of us didn't get to taste the last wine because we had to be back on the bus to leave. Our driver was very funny though, and we enjoyed him.
Enjoyed the senary of the wineries and also the tasting of many different wines. also enjoyed the sea view on the way to the island.
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