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Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland

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Auckland, New Zealand
Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
  • Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour
  • Taste delicious honeys and try mead (honey wine)
  • Enjoy wine tastings at local vineyards
  • Relax over lunch in the glasshouse at Brick Bay Wines
  • Wander the Brick Bay Sculpture Park to view an array of sculptures among the native NZ bush
  • Try the delectable handmade chocolates at Chocolate Brown
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Wine tasting at two Matakana wineries
Hotel pickup and drop-off from inner city Auckland
Local driver guide
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Lunch
Chocolate tasting at Chocolate Brown
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
SkyCity Auckland , Victoria Street &, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Please wait at the entrance to The Grand by SkyCity - we don't always pick up from here so please confirm with us if you are going to be meeting us here at least 24 hours prior to the tours departure date.

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10:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.Pick up and drop off is included from inner city Auckland accommodation. Please reconfirm your pick up information with us at least 24 hours prior to the tours departure.
Start your small-group tour with hotel pickup in Auckland before heading to the Matakana Coast, located less than an hour's drive away. Your first stop is the Honey Centre in Warkworth, a family-run establishment boasting the largest display of live bees in New Zealand. Watch the buzzing insects at work and taste an array of natural honeys, such as manuka and clover, along with mead (honey wine) and fruit wine. 

Continue your wine tasting at a local winery, where your guide points out the complex aromas, flavors and textures of award-winning wines.

Visit Brick Bay Wines and their Sculpture Trail for a wine-tasting and art extravaganza.  Sensitively sited along an easy walking trail, around 45 carefully chosen sculptures are given room to breathe in a stimulating interaction between the natural environment and the artistic impulse.

Returning to Brick Bay’s Glass House, sample their handcrafted wines followed by a delicious platter lunch made from many locally-sourced ingredients as you reflect on your experience of ‘art and wine entwined’ at Brick Bay.

Next, tantalize your taste buds at Chocolate Brown with a sampling of decadent handmade chocolates along with a refreshing tea or coffee.

Finally (time allowing), stop at the Parry Kauri Park and view some spectacular Kauri trees in a magnificent bush setting before completing your full-day tour with the return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: due to seasonality, winery tours and lunch venue are subject to change.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Bush and Beach
Depart Auckland for a day trip to Matakana Wine Country with Bush and Beach
Stop At:  
Honey Centre
Enjoy a honey tasting at Honey Centre
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Enjoy wine tasting, the Sculpture Trail and a cafe lunch with a glass of wine at Brick Bay Winery
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Runner Duck Estate
Enjoy wine tasting at Runner Duck Estate
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chocolate Brown
Chocolate Brown is not to be missed when in Warkworth. Enjoy a chocolate tasting and a hot drink before returning to Aucklnad
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bush and Beach
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland.

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star-5
An excellent tour through wine country...
lotabuck
, Dec 2017
An excellent tour through wine country! David was fantastic; very knowledgeable with a great personality. The wineries were very good and diverse, with a nice lunch and other stops along the way. Strongly recommended!
star-4
An excellent tour with an excellent...
lotabuck
, Nov 2017
An excellent tour with an excellent guide. Very diverse things to see and it was very enjoyable. The weakest part, in our opinion, was the wine tasting, which consisted of fruit wines only. I would suggest replacing that portion of the tour with a craft beer one, but otherwise it was excellent and we recommend it strongly,.
star-4
Alexander, our guide was wonderful. He...
Jasmin
, Jul 2016
Alexander, our guide was wonderful. He was very considerate and accommodating. The wineries were beautiful! We loved Brick Bay!
star-4
This was a great tour. We really...
Kari J
, Dec 2015
This was a great tour. We really enjoyed getting out of the city and seeing the sights. Our favorite had to be Brick Bay Winery! The area is so beautiful and the lunch was amazing. Some of the best food we had while in New Zealand. As if on cue during lunch a flock of sheep came down the mountainside. Chocolate Brown was a high point as well. This was a small group tour but we were the only ones that day so we were able to move somewhat at our own pace which was nice. John our guide was very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
Throughly enjoyed the two wineries. The...
Brooke S
, Dec 2015
Throughly enjoyed the two wineries. The honey stop was also terrific, great for gifts! The pottery wasn't a highlight, but was good to stretch the legs. The knowledge of our guide was wonderful and greatly appreciated. The chocolate shop was a real highlight, make sure you save room to enjoy some truly delicious treats. The pick of the day was the sculpture park, lots of fresh-air and the diversity in the art was inspiring. Really something for everyone.
star-5
Excellent tour! Thoroughly enjoyed the...
carowan
, Sep 2015
Excellent tour! Thoroughly enjoyed the wine tasting, especially at Ransom Wines. Dave, my tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Highlights was the lunch at Brick Bay and the visit to see the Kauri tree.... Worth every penny!
star-5
Loved the small group tour. Much...
Angela K
, Mar 2015
Loved the small group tour. Much better than the large group ones. Our driver/guide was interesting and had tons of information to share with us the whole trip. The three Vineyards were very different, so it made it more interesting. The pottery factory was a nice change. The meal was great, so was the coffee stop.
star-5
très beau tour le guide très sympa et...
Joëlle M
, Jun 2015
très beau tour le guide très sympa et a fait beaucoup d'effort pour nous comprendre avec la traduction sur internet. la seule petite chose la visite de la miélerie 10 minutes c'est un peu court sinon le reste super!!!!

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