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Wine Lover's Guide to Auckland

Wine Lover's Guide to Auckland

New Zealand is a magnet for lovers of fine wine, but you don’t have to travel to the country’s sauvignon blanc–producing powerhouse, Marlborough, to find a delicious bottle. Here’s what you need to know about the excellent wine regions that sit within easy reach of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland.

Must-Try Varietals

The Auckland region is home to three wine-growing areas, all easily accessible during day tours from the city. Waiheke Island, just a short ferry ride from the city, has its own warm microclimate, and some stunning beaches to boot. Intense fruit flavors are the order of the day here, with local vineyards producing cabernet blends, syrah, and Montepulciano, as well as chardonnay, viognier, and pinot gris.

Kumeu in West Auckland is one of the region’s older wine-growing areas, with European immigrants believed to have planted the first vines here almost 100 years ago. A wide range of varietals are grown, with cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and merlot all proving popular. To the north of Auckland sits the younger wine-producing region of Matakana, which specializes in Bordeaux-style reds made from merlot and cabernet franc, as well as Italian-style reds such as sangiovese and Montepulciano.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Fly over the scenic Hauraki Gulf by seaplane, landing for lunch and a wine tasting on a vineyard.

  • Take a side trip to the black-sand beaches of the North Island’s west coast, such as Muriwai, during a wine tour of Kumeu.

  • Take the ferry to Waiheke Island for a wine-tasting tour.

  • Explore behind the scenes and find out about winemaking techniques on winery tours.

  • Perfect your palate during tutored wine tastings of Auckland wines.

  • Pair wines with locally made gourmet goodies, such as honey, olives, and chocolate, on small-group wine and food tours of Matakana.

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Gourmet Wine and Food Downtown Walking Tour in Auckland

Gourmet Wine and Food Downtown Walking Tour in Auckland

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Taste your way from one top Auckland restaurant to the next on this gourmet food and wine tour. Together with a food-loving guide, seek out downtown Auckland’s finest—and often hard to find—foodie hotspots on foot. Taste a variety of food spiced with Māori, European, Asian, and Pacific Islander flavors, and savor some of the award-winning wine for which New Zealand is famed. You also gain insight into how the area's evolved and its colonial history. Numbers limited to 10, ensuring a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland with afternoon wine tasting on this full-day excursion, including a winery lunch. Travel by minivan with a professional guide past significant landmarks, appreciate the views over Auckland Harbour, and enjoy a beach stroll. Then savor wine at three award-winning North Island wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure a memorable experience with like-minded wine lovers. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland

Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland

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Sip wine, taste honey, savor chocolate and indulge in a winery lunch with local art on this Matakana Coast day trip from Auckland. An in-the-know guide accompanies your small group to this premier arts-and-crafts destination on New Zealand's North Island, including stops at two local wineries, the Puhoi Honey Centre, a delectable hand-made chocolate factory and the Brick Bay sculpture park. Numbers are limited to a nine people to ensure a more personalized experienced.
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  • 7 hours
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