Muriwai Scenic Gannet & Wine Experience

Tour Summary

Spend the day exploring Auckland's agricultural region, where you can see fruit orchards, sample local wines, and watch the gannet colonies at Muriwai's black sand beaches.

Tour Highlights

  • Wine tasting at 3 locally owned vineyard

  • Lunch with a three course meal with matching wines

  • Guided experience at the vineyard

  • Pastoral landscapes filled with lush orchards & vineyards

  • Chance to see nesting Gannets preparing for winter migration

  • Delicious wine tasting at cellars of award-winning estates

  • Visit the black sand beaches of the area

  • Stop off at a gannet colony and observe them in their habitat

Tour Inclusion

  • Fully guided return transfer from Auckland

  • Complementary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complementary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • Wine tasting at 3 vineyards

  • Lunch with matching wines

  • Visit Muriwai Gannet Colony

Tour Description

When you think of wine-tasting trips in New Zealand you imagine scenic drives through Marlborough, Otago, Hawkes Bay and Nelson. But the good news for those living in the north land is there are some impressive wineries much closer to home than you might realise - some of the best cellar doors are within half an hour from the Auckland CBD.

 

Kiwis are known to be avid winemakers and drinkers and with more than 500 wineries throughout the country, it would be hard to not indulge in our top-quality vino. Visiting one of the many wineries within New Zealand is a must-do and now more than ever would be a great support to our local tourism industry.

West Auckland has been at the forefront in developing new wine styles, trailing new grape varieties and importantly, developing and growing new international markets. Dalmatian history is everywhere in West Auckland. You can see it as you drive. As central Auckland falls away, it gives way to suburbs, then motorways, then the low-lying industry of car yards and forklift hires. Finally, the paddocks and tractors and fruit trees of the countryside, only 25 minutes from town.

 

As the landscape changes, so does the language. Viksich, Vitasovich, Yukich and Fistonich. The history is written directly on to the street signs and the businesses. And then there is wine. Award-winning, experimental, modern and traditional. It's all here.

 

We are pulling out their rare, unique or just plain fun tasting experiences for this day. We offer casual or group wine tastings, café and restaurant dining through to picnic options, all set within picturesque surroundings along with welcoming nature.

 

Our first spot for wine tasting at Coopers Creek Winery has been a true pioneer in New Zealand. All the wines are expertly crafted from grapes grown with care and dedication in New Zealand's best winegrowing regions. You'll find our wines available around the world, from London to Los Angeles, Toronto to Tokyo and many places in between.  With a reputation for producing some of the finest regional wines, Coopers Creek is a must-visit Auckland attraction. Set in the idyllic landscape of the heart of Kumeu, the family-owned winery provides for a great day out.

 

Located in the picturesque Ararimu Valley, Westbrook Winery's skilled winemakers produce iconic hand-crafted wines using time-honoured traditional and innovative techniques. Set in twenty acres of picturesque park-like grounds, the Cellar Door looks down over tree-covered grassy terraces and across a pretty brook-fed lily pond to row after row of vines. Experience a guided tour of the vineyard and look into the winery with a special tasting of one of our special cellared library wines. Then enjoy a tasting of a selection of our current release wines.

 

Within 5 minutes’ drive The Hunting Lodge sits pretty in Waimauku. Just around the corner from Kumeu, it’s surrounded by breath taking vineyards, forest and farmland. You’ll feel a million miles away from the city, even though it’s just a 30-minute drive. The stunning destination restaurant, Cellar Door & Lawn Bar, and it’s incredible setting will woo your heart (and taste buds) time and time again. Enter the historic villa restaurant and you’ll find a mouth-watering all day menu. Inspired by the seasons where the wine and food experience evolves throughout the year. Award winning Executive Chef Des Harris has created a fresh dining experience that will have you feeling at ease. Enjoy a three course meal with matching wines.

 

After satisfying your taste buds, next you visit one of the region’s special places. Relax with a side trip through beautiful traditional rolling sheep and cattle country to visit the Muriwai black sand beach. We make a stop to get amazing views along the coast and talk about what makes the west coast Auckland beaches unique. See Gannets nesting and flying over rock outcrops and black sand beaches. The gannet colony is in residence from August to March. Here you get a close-up of the gannet colony without disturbing their environment.

A big treat to our eyes and stomach makes this experience worthwhile.

 

Tour Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 people are required for this tour to depart.

Contact Us

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+64 21 026 90502

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Registered Office: 44, O'Neills Road, Swanson, Auckland 0614

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