East Coast

Full Day Tour NZ $270 pp 9:30AM – approx  5:00PM. Includes

  • Door to door service in main city area
  • Tastings at 3 boutique wineries
  • Open menu, main course vineyard restaurant lunch
  • 4 Side Trips included, no extra charges, on the day we select
  • Puhoi Cheese (tasting award winning local cheeses)
  • Honey Centre (includes Manuka honey tasting)
  • Chocolatebrown (samples of handmade choc’s)
  • Morris & James Pottery
  • 900 / 1000 year old giant native Kauri trees
  • Sandspit wharf & marina
  • Pacific, East Coast, beach

Price includes transport, all tastings, park fees and lunch. No hidden extra charges.

The East Coast region of ‘Matakana Wine Country’ has a selection of small boutique family owned wineries, rapidly developing a big reputation for the excellent quality of their unique, estate grown, handcrafted wines. Due to the local climate the area is slightly biased towards producing red wines, but also has some great whites…

“…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.

In addition to visiting 3 boutique 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 are included, see giant ancient ‘Kauri’ trees, 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. Here 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.
Because we don’t all like the same wines, this tour does 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.

Wineries we select from include; Heron’s Flight, Brick Bay Estate, Ascension Estate, Hyperion Wines, Omaha Bay Wines, Sculptureum Wines & Runner Duck.

“…great wines, great lunch, great tour!…”
Adam Keane, Isle of Man, UK

You’ll be able to experience the only winery in NZ growing & making exclusively ‘Italian’ reds Sangiovese & Dolcetto and using the ancient terracotta Amphora winemaking method. 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), Montepulciano, Tannat and one locally grown Pinot Noir.
Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are two local white specialities along with Viognier and sometimes the unusual Flora and some excellent dry Rose. Sparkling wine and ‘Port’ are sometimes available too… Chat with the winemakers and find out some of their secrets.

Lunch is open menu, main course, with vegetarian & gluten free options, enjoyed in a beautiful vineyard restaurant overlooking the vines, small lake and sculptures (included).
No hidden extras to pay.

Best wine tasting in New Zealand