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Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

Auckland Central, New Zealand
Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Black sands, native wildlife, and award-winning wine awaits you on this tour of Auckland’s wild west coast. Following pickup from your central hotel, you’ll travel to Muriwai, a coastal enclave whose windswept beach and waves draw surfers and visitors from miles around. Stroll the beach and visit the cliff-top gannet colony, then continue to a nearby wine estate, where you’ll taste a selection of local varietals and blends.
  • Guided tour of Muriwai in West Auckland
  • Visit Muriwai, a popular surfing spot famous for its volcanic sands and gannet colony
  • Included tasting at Kumeu River Wines, Matua Wines, or West Brook wine estate
  • Central Auckland hotel pickup and drop-off makes it possible to visit the west coast without needing to hire a car
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Auckland Central , Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island
  • SkyCity Hotel , Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
  • Princes Wharf , 137-147 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • 1:00 PM
    This activity will end right where it started.We collect from Sky City Hotel and Casino.
    Begin with a morning or afternoon pickup from your hotel in Auckland CBD, and then travel out of the city center to West Auckland in a climate-controlled vehicle. On the way, you’ll cruise through the scenic areas of Waimaulu, Kumeu and Huapai, the latter of which translates as “the place of excellent fruit” in Māori.

    On arrival in Muriwai, roughly 26 miles (42 km) west of central Auckland, jump out of the vehicle to explore with your guide. Walk along the sparkling black sands and learn more about the area’s history. Then, continue to Otakamiro Point, whose cliffs and rocky nesting areas are home to the region’s only gannet colony.

    Next, continue to Kumeu River Wines, Matua Wines or West Brook wine estate, where you’ll take part in a guided wine tasting, sampling fine local varietals such as pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling.

     After roughly 3.5 hours, your tour concludes with a drop-off back at your hotel.
    Stop At:  
    Muriwai Gannet Colony
    Next you’ll be taken through beautiful rolling sheep and cattle country out to Muriwai, a seaside enclave popular with surfers and famous for its black sand beaches. Here you can watch the Gannets August to May courting, mating and rearing their young preparing them for the winter migration. There are spectacular views of the Tasman Sea and rugged West Coast from the lookouts.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Soljans Estate Winery
    Soljans Estate was established in 1937 and is owned and operated by the 5th generation of the same family. They produce Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Gris and well as Marlborough Riesling , Gewurtztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. They produce Syrah and Cabernet Blends from Hawkes Bay and Sparkling Muscat from Gisborne. The also have an enviable reputation for their Tawny Ports.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Westbrook Winery
    Visit family owned West Brook Wines established in 1935 for a cellar door tasting. Situated in the picturesque Waimauku Valley you can try award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Malbec from their own vineyard as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from their estates in Marlborough
    Duration: 35 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with two paying adults
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • OPERATED BY NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    Excellent tour
    , May 2022
    Our guide was very informative and treated everyone on the tour with expert advise and commentary. The vineyards we toured were of very high quality even if Covid had reduced the experience we felt that this did not hinder a great afternoon.
    Muriwai Wine Tour
    , Mar 2020
    Wonderful afternoon tour. John was fabulous so knowledgeable. We toured 2 wineries and the gannet colony. His wine knowledge was encyclopedic.
    Best tour we have had in Auckland
    , Jan 2020
    we had now done about 5 tours while here in Auckland and this was by far the best. John was very knowledgeable, helpful, funny and an all around great host. We tasted wine at two great wineries with not only great wine but great views and a lot of fun. We would suggest this tour to anyone and were tempted to sign up for another one if we had the time.
    Mixed experience- Murawai Scenic Wine Tour
    , Sep 2019
    We assumed this was a scenic wine tour with a view of the gannet colony included. The first stop at Babich wines was very good- good video of the history of the wine family and a really good knowledgeable tasting; then we stopped on top of a cliff and looked at the birds- I told the driver I had shingles in my foot when he said we were going to climb up a cliff to get closer to the birds but he went anyway- apparently the climb was very steep and birds very, very smelly up close- not a pleasant experience and would not recommend. The went to a very large commercial winery (West Brook Wines) for another tasting- this was very average with large crowds of people and no explanation about the wines- very perfunctory experience. The driver dropped us back at a restaurant in Auckland for lunch
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Lovely afternoon highly...
    Marshall E
    , Feb 2018
    Lovely afternoon highly knowledgeable tour guide, 2 great wine tastings, some incredible scenery and a fabulous view of the gannet colony. Highly recommended and good value.
    Our day with John was amazing. He...
    Sarah K
    , Nov 2017
    Our day with John was amazing. He picked us up right in front of our hotel and we got lucky to be the only people booked that day, it was a private wine tour. We headed out to the vineyards and tasted some great wines. Big shout out to The Hunting Lodge Winery and Rota - it was our favorite of the day. John then took us to the coast to see the gannets and their chicks. What a majestical sight. An overall great day and would totally do this tour again next time we are in Auckland.

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