Day Tour NZ$275pp 9.30am - approx’ 4.30/5.00pm.
Combines city sightseeing with winery tour & tastings, lunch & West Coast wineries.
- Door to door service in main city area
- City sightseeing
- Villa Maria winery tour & tastings
- Vineyard restaurant platter lunch
- 3 West Coast winery tastings
- Tastings at 4 wineries in total
No hidden extra charges.
The morning part of this tour focusses on one winery... Villa Maria.
The afternoon takes in a mix of three smaller, family owned, wineries set in and around our spectacular West Coast area.
Villa Maria are (at time of publishing) New Zealand’s largest privately owned and most awarded wine company! Their architecturally award winning Auckland estate is located in the ‘Ihumatao’ volcanic basin just South of the city & planted with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer & Verdelho. Like most of Auckland’s winemakers they also have vineyards spread across New Zealand to provide the best grapes for their range of wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Arnies, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet & Merlot blends.
On the way to Villa Maria we stop to take in the spectacular 360 degree views from the summit of one of Auckland’s landmark dormant volcanoes OR step back in time with a look around inside the oldest wooden house in Auckland.
The 15 minute walk uphill (10 minutes down) to the summit of ‘Maungakiekie’, once known as ‘One-Tree-Hill’, is quite steep in a couple of places and is only suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness. This dormant volcanic cone (once the site of a Maori ‘Pa’... fortified settlement) now sits in the center of the beautiful, farm-like, Cornwall Park offering panoramic horizon to horizon views over the city, the Hauraki Gulf & Waitemata Harbour (Pacific Ocean) & Manukau Harbour (Tasman Sea).
If we decide not to do the summit walk we look through the oldest wooden house in Auckland. Built and lived in by Sir John Logan Campbell, Auckland's founding city father and farmer of what is now the park...
At Villa Maria you are taken on a guided tour of the winery followed by a tasting of award winning wines and lunching on one of their indulgent platters.
After lunch we visit a mix of three family owned and operated wineries set in the beautiful rural countryside (Kumeu/Huapai/Waimauku) North West of the city before returning you to your accommodation.
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