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“Excellent tour!”

NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: NZWINEPRO™ Auckland Wine Tours twice awarded best wine tour in Australasia and 2017 Most Luxury Wine Tasting Experience by Apac Insider New Zealand Business awards. Owner & guide John McFarlane is a fifth generation New Zealander and has worked in hospitality and tourism for over 32 years. With 17 years experience working directly in the industry, you'll be guided beyond the cellar door with morning and afternoon options, stunning wines to taste, magnificent coastal scenery/regional parks, honey producers, cheese factory tastings, olive oils and delicious New Zealand cuisine. See how wine is made with private guided behind the scenes winemaking facility tours at Villa Maria Estate or Kumeu River Wines. Door to door service to Auckland's very best wineries and vineyards. Destinations include Kumeu, Waimauku, Muriwai, Piha, Karekare, Matakana, Waiheke Island and Villa Maria Estate.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Last month, my husband and I took a whirlwind four-night trip to Auckland and the North Island . On our second day, we did the Vineyards, Honey and Black Sand Beaches tour with John McFarland of NZ Wine Pro.

My husband and I love wine and have traveled all over the world visiting wineries and vineyards. We know what we like and like to seek out the best experience no matter where we are. So happy that we picked NZ Wine Pro! It was also wonderful that we were able to see so much in one afternoon with a lovely, small group.

We knew that we wanted to visit the historic Kumeu River Winery as they had recently received some big ratings from Robert Parker. Email communication with John was topnotch and he confirmed that we definitely would be visiting Kumeu River Winery.

Next we tried the wines at the family-owned Sojans Estate while we waited for our lunch to be made at the winery's Vineyard Cafe. Delicious food (I had the filet mignon) in a beautiful alfresco setting. We also did a tasting of native honeys, which was quite fun and educational.

After lunch, we made a side trip through the beautiful traditional rolling sheep and cattle country to visit Muriwai black sand beach and remaining gannets nesting over the rocky outcrops. It was a gorgeous day and John also gave each of us a little bottle of black sand.

Finally, we visited West Brook Wines walking through the vineyards and tasting Pinot Noir grapes among other things. The winery is one of New Zealand's oldest and most respected boutique wineries and the setting was beautiful.

Enjoyed our day very much and would definitely book NZWine Pro again and highly recommend to others. Pick up was on time and we enjoyed a later start than other tours - 11:30 a.m., which was nice considering we were getting up the next morning at 5 a.m. for another tour. John is extremely knowledgeable about wine and other topics and we enjoyed talking with him.

We also enjoyed chatting with the other ladies on our trip. Ironically, we ended up running into two of them at the Waiheke ferry terminal! And you know what? They had already referred some people to John!

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nzwinebug, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thanks for your amazing and kind review. I'm so pleased the Vineyards Honey & Black Sand Beach Tour met with your best expectation.
I really appreciate that you've the taken the time to accurately lay out the inclusions of your tour experience to help others make an educated decision. I'm also happy the lunch and setting were highly rated. I'm glad I could help you make Waiheke Island into an enjoyable experience, and so pleased that worked out too for you. I hope you'll like the NZWINEPRO Facebook page to stay in touch, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram where I post pictures and interesting information about Auckland and my tours - All the best -John McFarlane

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

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