Welcome to Auckland Wine Trail Tours
We are Auckland's original specialist wine tasting tour operator. All of our tours are personally guided by owner John Meadows, Auckland’s most experienced wine tour guide. We offer you a range of small group, usually from 2 to 8 people, personalised Day & Half Day scenic wine tours. We also offer the widest selection of wineries accross our tours to match your tastes and interests.
100% NZ owned & operated since last century...!
Our tours visit some of the region’s finest wineries & vineyards in the West Coast (Kumeu, Huapai & Waimauku) wine area as well as the East Coast, Matakana, region and take in some spectacular rural countryside & coastal scenery on the way. Depending on the tour you choose expect to see rolling green hills, Tasman Sea & wild black-sand surf beaches, native rainforest, Pacific Ocean with small picturesque beaches & bays, rivers & farms.
All the wineries we visit are family owned & operated and are generous with the range & variety of wines they offer for tasting, normally from 5-6 up to 8-9 wines and usually include several 'top-shelf' reserve, single vineyard, not exported, hand-picked, exclusive to the cellar door wines...!
Because we don't all like the same wines our tours do not always visit the same wineries. We do our best to use our nearly 20 years of experience to select the wineries available on the day based on your tastes and interests.
Talk to some winemakers, enjoy a delicious lunch (vineyard winery restaurant lunch is included in all our Day Tours), purchase your favourite wines at true cellar-door prices... please note there is never any pressure to purchase on our tours, I hate that kind of thing!
All tours include central city area door-to-door service, airport drop off & out of city area service is at extra charge. We can advise you on duty limits and shipping wine overseas.
About Our Reviews and Awards
We are delighted to have been awarded a "TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence” six years in a row; 2012, '13, '14, '15, '16 & 2017. An award which rewards the consistent top ratings of our reviews from our customers... many thanks to everyone for their generous comments!
The respected New Zealand tourism web site ‘Rankers’ operates the “TravellerVoted” Awards. These awards are also decided on by our customers entering reviews and ranking their experiences. We are also delighted to have been voted winners of the “Best Wine Tour In New Zealand” category five times now, 2010, '12, '13, '15 & 2016 and thank all our guests who entered their generous reviews.
As you know these days travellers rely greatly on the reviews & comments of others on various web sites. I trust you’ll be assured of both the quality of our service and the wineries we visit if you take a look at our reviews.
Look here to see more reviews of our tours, make sure to come back!
“... of all the wine tours I’ve had this is one of the most
Elizabeth Ferrer, Wine Spectator Magazine, New York
About Our Tours...The Regional Differences
We realise all the options, regions, strange names etc can get a bit confusing when you’re not familiar with this area so to help you select your tour here is a brief explanation of the differences between the two main regions we visit, Auckland’s West Coast area (Kumeu, Huapai & Waimauku) and the East Coast’s Matakana.
If you are comparing our tours to ones with similar sounding descriptions I think you’ll find our tours usually include more and offer better value for money!
West Coast... great variety
This is where NZ’s wine industry was founded by pioneering settlers from the Mediterranean coast of Croatia well over 100 years ago. It’s an area steeped in local wine history and features several well known heritage wineries and some newer lables.
Wineries in this region source grapes from their own local vineyards in the West Auckland area as well as New Zealand’s other premium grape growing regions including Marlborough & Central Otago in the South Island and Hawke’s Bay & Gisborne in the North Island.
This means they are able to grow a wide range of different types of grapes in optimum conditions (soil types and climates) from which they produce a wide variety of wine types, everything from Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Dry Riesling & Albarino among others in the whites to Pinot Noir, Cabernet/Merlot blends, Malbec & Syrah in the reds and not forgetting some great Dry Rose.
It’s what I like to call the “New Zealand wide wine tasting experience”.
We visit a wide selection of long established, 3rd generation, family run wineries as well as some lesser known, newer, small to medium sized ‘boutique’, family run, wineries.
The Tasman Sea, wild black-sand surf beaches, native rainforest & rolling green farmland are the settings for these tours.
Our ‘West Coast’, Day and Half Day Tours as well as the ‘Waterfalls & Wines’, ‘Volcanoes, Vines & Wines’ & ‘Coast to Coast’ Day Tours visit this area.
With Auckland’s most experienced wine tour guide, offering the biggest selection of wineries, our aim is to customise your tour to your tastes and interests.
East Coast... red biased
Matakana, North East of Auckland, is one of New Zealand’s newest and smallest wine areas. All the wineries of the Matakana area are small, family owned & operated, ‘boutique’ producers. Across the region they each grow a wide selection of grapes on their own local ‘estate’ vineyards to produce their exclusive wines. Due to the climate here this area is slightly biased towards reds but does have some great whites too...!
The wineries we often visit include NZ’s only winery making exclusively ‘Italian’ reds; Sangiovese & Dolcetto. This boutique winery is also experimenting with terracotta Amphora wine making. Other reds in the area include Syrah (Shiraz), Cab’ Sav’, Merlot, Malbec, Cab’ Franc "Bordeaux" blends, Pinotage, sometimes Montepulciano, Pinot Noir and Tannat. Among the whites there is Pinot Gris, Chardonnay sometimes Voignier and the unusual Flora, lovely Dry Rose, sparkling wines and "Port"... something for everyone.
Pacific Ocean views, rivers, small beaches & bays, beautiful countryside plus a range of interesting side trips to chose from along the way including cheese tasting, a chocolate maker, a honey centre with NZ's exclusive Manuka honey to try, ancient native trees and a pottery.
Our ‘East Coast’ & ‘Coast to Coast’ Day Tours visit here.
If you can’t decide which area to visit combine them with our ‘Coast to Coast’ Day Tour which visits both areas giving you the ‘best-of-both-worlds’!
“ ... the best wine tasting tour I’ve had...”
Anthony Paul Arizabal, San Francisco
“... definitely the best day we had in New Zealand...”
Caroline Freier, Great Britain
Cruise Ship Wine Tours
Over the years we have taken many people on our wine tasting tours who are visiting Auckland on a cruise. We realise ships offer shore excursions but we believe a local, specialist, guide and a small group tour is much better value... and our prices, in NZ$$, are better value too!
We pick you up depending on where your ship ties up; at disembarking area on Prince’s Wharf or inbetween 'The Cloud' & 'Shed 10' on Queen’s Wharf or your city hotel before or after your cruise, and returned there (on time or a little early!) after your tour.
Tour pick up/departure & return times can be arranged to suit your ship’s schedule and we guarantee to get you back on time!
DRINKING AGE AND IDEven though the legal drinking age here in NZ is 18 the law says that if someone "looks 25 or under" they can be asked for ID.
All passports and NZ driving licence are accepted but not foreign driving licences.
I strongly recommend you have your passport with you if you look 25 or under... and even if you're a young looking 30 y/o...!
'Some of the places we can take you':
soljans.co.nz westbrook.co.nz cooperscreek.co.nz thehuntinglodge.com kumeuriver.co.nz twintotara.co.nz
villamaria.co.nz heronsflight.co.nz brickbay.co.nz
plumerestaurant.co.nz hyperion-wines.co.nz ascensionvineyard.co.nz omahabay.co.nz
morrisandjames.co.nz honeycentre.com puhoivalley.co.nz chocolatebrown.co.nz hallertau.co.nz