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Matakana Coastal Getaway from Auckland

Highlights
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • Small group ensures personal service
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Matakana Coastal Getaway from Auckland
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Matakana Coastal Getaway from Auckland
From USD 178.82
Overview
Escape the city and sample the local produce for which New Zealand’s North Island is famous on this 6.5-hour Matakana coastal getaway from Auckland. Travel with your guide through the seaside town of Orewa to the Waiwera Mineral Springs. Sample fine wines in local wineries and discover some of the grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Following a delicious lunch in an award-winning local restaurant, sample locally made organic ice cream and chocolate. Taste native Matakana honey and see the busy bees working in their wall hives.
What to Expect
• Head North over the Auckland harbour bridge taking in views of the city Skyline Marinas and Waitemata Harbour. Track North through the beautiful coastal seaside resort towns of Orewa and Waiwera Mineral Springs.
• Stop in at the Puhoi Cheese Factory to taste some delicious cheeses made by this excellent producer. They make double and triple cream Brie, soft and wash rind cheeses, three different blue cheeses as well as Harvarti, Gouda, Gruyere, goat and Cow Feta and a vintage 4 year aged cheddar.
• Start your wine tasting at Ascension Vineyard. They produce locally grown varieties like Flora, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinotage and Tannat as well as Methode Traditionelle.
• Sees a rare 850 year old Kauri tree. The wood from these ancient trees  was turned in  colonial New Zealand cottages , villas, mansions, churches as well as early sailing sea vessels from around 1860.. They are New Zealand’s most revered native tree. The oldest one in New Zealand is in the Waipoua forest dating approximately 2,500 years old.
• Next enjoy a tutored tasting and an open menu one course lunch with a glass of wine at award winning Plume Vineyard Restaurant. Try the outstanding “Runner Duck” Wines all produced from their local vineyards. Syrah, Pinotage and Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Rose’ wines make up the list.
• In the afternoon visit stuning Tawharanui regional park for magnificent views of Little Barrier Island, Coromandel and the Hauraki Gulf. This park is a Kiwi and rare bird sanctuary and is fully protected.
• Finally try some locally made chocolate samples from “Chocolate Brown” in Warkworth town. Try three different chocolate praline sample halves. This chocolate company makes an enormous range of hand made world class pralines, and fudges from curvature they source from around world.
Reviews (6)
1 - 5 of 6 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Exceeded expectations

We had a great day with John in the Matakana wine district. In addition to the wines, we got an education about New Zealand, its flora and fauna, and many interesting facts about its people and economy. The boutique wineries we visited had a nice...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Alan G
NZWINEPRO, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Alan, Thanks for your excellent review. I'm glad I was able to take you up to Matakana where I'm sure you'd agree the Lamb Rack at Plume Restaurant is simply delicious. I'm pleased you enjoyed the artisan boutique nature of the wineries and that...More

Reviewed 26 November 2018
Not your 'usual' tour...

Excellent experience from start to finish...a very relaxing and informative day in John's company...he is a lovely guy and very knowledgeable. We are from western Australia which has its own great wine region, and so it was delightful to be guided through such varied wines...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank 6026mimi
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile
좋은 추억을 만들었습니다~!

어머니와 둘이서 다녀왔습니다. 영어가 완벽하지 않은 저희를 위해 굉장히 친절하게 설명해주어서 감사했습니다. 즐거운 추억을 만들 수 있었습니다. 오클랜드 주변 지역 관광으로 추천합니다:) John was really nice and kind. Although our English was not perfect, he explained something to us very clear and easy.

Thank JYooooo
John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Hi Jimin, Thanks for your review. John McFarlane

Reviewed 4 March 2018
A fabulous day

OUTSTANDING! Our guide, John McFarland was indeed an exceptional guide who truly customized our tour. The start of the van ride caused one of the passengers to become car sick. John stopped to give our ill friend some fresh air, returned to our hotel for...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank mpwong0608
John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Hi Michael. Thanks for your kind and generous review. It was a pleasure to take your group of six up to Matakana. It was a great day and it was a treat to take you to Tawharanui which has some of the most beautiful scenery...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile
Memorable Wine Experience

We were on our annual vacation to New Zealand and were recommended a wine tour with NZ wine pro. Expecting it to be any other hop from vineyard to vineyard with usual tastings, we went about it like any other day exercise. But to our...More

1  Thank aminali83
John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2018

Hi Ali, I'm so happy I could take you out on behalf of Tourism New Zealand. I really appreciate all the Social Media mentions and it was a delight for me to showcase some beautiful scenery, wine and cuisine on the Matakana Coastal Getaway Tour...More

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