Full Day Tour NZ$265pp 9.30am - approx’ 5.00pm.
Includes;

  • Door to door service in main city area
  • Tastings at 4 boutique wineries
  • Open menu main course vineyard restaurant lunch
  • 4 Side Trips included, no extra charges, on the day we select from;
  • Puhoi Cheese Cafe (tasting award winning local cheeses)
  • Honey Centre (lots of bees & Manuka honey tasting)
  • Chocolatebrown (samples of handmade choc's)
  • Morris & James Pottery
  • 900/1000 year old giant Kauri trees
  • Sandspit wharf
  • Pacific, East Coast, beach

No hidden extra charges.
 

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The East Coast region of Matakana wine country has a selection of small boutique wineries rapidly developing a big reputation for the excellent quality of their unique, estate grown, handcrafted wines.
 

“...best wine tasting lunch in New Zealand...
”

Robin & James Stewart and friends,
 California USA




“...liked it so much we came back for seconds...”

Glen & Alison Milliman, Seattle USA
 
Your ‘East Coast’ Tour takes you North (approx’ 50 minutes) over Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, along the Pacific coast through small seaside towns and farming communities. You get some great views of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf and Pacific Ocean, native forest, farmland, small beaches, bays and rivers along the way.

 
As well as visiting 4 wineries this tour includes, at no additional cost, 4 extra side trips. You can visit a cheese maker, a honey centre, chocolate maker... all tastings included, see giant ancient ‘Kauri’ trees, a beautiful pottery, wharf & beach, we visit at least 4 of these deciding on the day depending on what you’re most interested in.
 
Vineyards in the Matakana wine country are producing superb wines from grapes grown exclusively on their own estates. Some of the best boutique wineries in the country are doing things their way by growing grapes to suit each vineyard’s individual “terroir”, a combination of local climate and soil types, and following traditional, time honoured, labour intensive methods to create distinctively styled wines.
 
Wineries we select from include; Ransom Wines, Heron’s Flight, Hyperion Wines, Brick Bay Estate, Omaha Bay Wines, Ascension Estate & Runner Duck.
 


“...great wines, great lunch, great tour!...”

Adam Keane, Isle of Man, UK
 
You’ll be able to experience NZ’s only Carmenere when available (a Bordeaux grape once believed to be extinct!) and the only winery in NZ growing & making exclusively Sangiovese & Dolcetto. Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are two local white specialities along with Albarino sometimes Roussanne and some excellent dry Rose. A Matakana winery was awarded Best NZ Merlot, beating all the favourites from Hawkes Bay! There are some wonderful Cab’ Sav’/Merlot/Malbec/Cab’ Franc blends to try as well as Syrah (Shiraz) and one locally grown Pinot Noir. Chat to the winemakers and find out some of their secrets.
 
Lunch is open menu main course, with vegetarian & gluten free options, enjoyed at a beautiful vineyard restaurant overlooking the vines (included).
 
 
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