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Waiheke Island: Wine Tasting Tour

1. Waiheke Island: Wine Tasting Tour

Acquaint yourself with Waiheke Island's world-renowned wine on a vineyard-focused guided tour. Discover some of Waiheke’s scenic highlights as well as visits and tastings at 3 boutique vineyards.  Catch the 10:00 AM ferry from Auckland for a cruise over to Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke island where your guide will meet you. Begin with a scenic drive, taking in spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and beyond to the Coromandel Peninsula. Marvel at stunning scenery around every corner and be entertained by your guide’s insightful commentary on the history, geography, culture, people, and produce of Waiheke. Sample a range of Waiheke wines from Rose, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, sparkling wine, and Syrah and Bordeaux blends. Encounter spectacular scenery from sun-soaked hillsides of vines to spectacular 360-degree views over the island and beyond to the gulf islands. The tour returns you to Matiatia Wharf in time for the 4:00 PM ferry for a 4:45 PM arrival in Auckland. Or, if you would like to linger a little longer on the island, you can be dropped off at Oneroa Village to explore further. Sample Itinerary: 10:00 AM Depart Auckland on a ferry to Waiheke Island 10:35 AM Arrive at Matiatia Wharf 11:00 AM Mudbrick Vineyard visit and wine tasting 12:00 PM Kennedy Point Vineyard visit and wine tasting 1:00 PM Obsidian Vineyard visit and wine tasting2:00 PM Lunch

From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Half-Day Trip with Tour

2. From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Half-Day Trip with Tour

Travel in comfort in a luxury Mercedes van from Auckland to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Your trip begins with a pick-up at your preferred location in Auckland. Enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive into Waikato with stops for photos en route.  On arrival, spend 30-45 minutes at the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and have a chance to grab a drink or a bite at the famous Shire's Rest Café. Next, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then lead the way through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbit Holes, the Old Mill and the Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. At the end of the Hobbiton Movie Set visit, head back to Auckland along the scenic roads of Waikato, arriving at approximately 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM.

Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

3. Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

This full-day excursion begins with a pick-up at your preferred location in Auckland, and a scenic 2-hour drive into Waikato with the possibility of stops for photos en route to the Hobbiton Movie Set. On arrival, you’ll spend 30-45 minutes at the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and have a chance to grab a drink or a bite to eat at the famous Shire's Rest Café. Next you’ll embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then lead the way through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbit Holes, the Old Mill and the Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. Your tour then continues to Rotorua, where you'll visit Te Puia and explore Te Whakarewarewa, a 60-hectare geothermal valley. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the kiwi bird house and viewing enclosure, watch traditional Maori carving and weaving, learn about Maori art and history and take a walk around a model pre-European Maori village and sacred marae. If you like, you can enjoy a meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques, watch a Maori haka performance and learn about Maori culture inside the sacred marae. At the end of the program it will be time to sit back and relax on the scenic drive back to Auckland.

Auckland: Ship to Shore Half-Day Excursion

4. Auckland: Ship to Shore Half-Day Excursion

Embark on a half-day scenic tour to see as much of Auckland as possible in four hours. Perfect for those on a cruise ship, this tour will ensure you are able to see the absolute best of Auckland’s sights. Star at Auckland Harbour Bridge, which affords spectacular 360-degree views and photo opportunities. Next, visit Devonport, arguably the quaintest township in Auckland, and North Head, formerly an underground township during WWII and the 1880s. Check out the winter gardens and fernery before heading up to Mount Eden, the highest point on the isthmus of Auckland. See the city’s beaches, native flora and fauna, and Mission Bay. Get spectacular views from Achilles Point, also one of the most historic places in Auckland, and the Hauraki Gulf, Orakei Basin, Remuera suburb, and the Parnell golden mile.

Auckland: Ship to Shore Full-Day Excursion

5. Auckland: Ship to Shore Full-Day Excursion

Embark on an adventure and go on a comprehensive 8-hour Auckland Tour. See the top attractions of Auckland on this scenic full-day tour. Drive along Tamaki Drive in an air-conditioned Mercedes with one of the guides renowned for their knowledge. Discover the quaint village of Devonport, Mission Bay, and gaze over the coastal scenery from Achilles Point. Travel to the top of 2 of Auckland's volcanoes for stunning 360-degree views. See North Head, a volcano with the most spectacular views over the City and the Inner Harbour. You will also witness Auckland's highest volcano, historic Mount Eden. Admire native birdlife at Muriwai and the spectacular rugged coastline with black sand beaches. Sip fine wines along the Kumeu Wine Trail. Visit the Auckland Domain, home to the Auckland Museum, and the 2 stunning Wintergardens and Fernery.  Enjoy our historic lunch stop in Riverhead. Marvel at the surroundings while traveling into the lush countryside.

Auckland: Half-Day Private City Highlights Tour

6. Auckland: Half-Day Private City Highlights Tour

Discover a different side of Auckland on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Meet your guide in your hotel lobby or cruise ship terminal and hop in the air-conditioned van that will take your first stop. Start your day with a short walk through the mystic rainforest in the city. Next, visit the historic Bastion Point and find out why Auckland is called the 'City of Sails'. At Orakei Marae, learn more about Maori history and the Ngati Whatua tribe. Later, stop at a seaside village and enjoy fantastic views of Auckland's largest volcano, Rangitoto, and Brown's Island. Finally, visit Maungakiekie, the second largest volcano in Auckland and a place of remembrance for both the Maori and European people of New Zealand. Enjoy incredible views over the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland City, and Rangitoto, from the peak of One Tree Hill before heading back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 25 reviews

We had an excellent time on our wine tour with Lance. He was warm, friendly, and hilarious and made a special effort to make us comfortable, take photos for us, and share cool factoids about the island. I would absolutely recommend you do this tour. The wine was world-class, the guide was lovely, and the lunch at the end was outstanding. Great value for money. Thanks, Lance!

Jo was the most thoughtful and informative host. We absolutely enjoyed our tour and would definitely recommend it. All the vineyards we visited were outstanding, especially Mudbrick Vineyard with gardens and views just as beautiful as one we visited in the south of France years ago. The lunch included at the end was also really good.

Chris (driver/quide with Auckland and Beyond) was great! Got us there and back again in a timely manner with humor and care. Got to Hobbiton and it seemed everyone working there knew and liked him, from the other drivers to the guides showing us around the movie set. Highly recommend you continuing working with A&B in the future.

This was a great trip and the variation of wine yards and wine was good.

great experience, Simon is a nice person and a good driver