Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland
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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland
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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

1 day
About this activity
Enjoy a morning pickup at your central Auckland hotel then, at 9:30am, take a seat in your vehicle and head into the Henderson Valley — the heartland of Auckland’s wine industry — to begin your tour.

First, visit Babich Wines with your guide, and sample a range of reisling and sauvignon blanc wines produced on their vineyards in Hawkes Bay. As you taste the wines, gain insight into the process the grapes undergo from vineyard to glass.

Then, continue on into the beautiful Waitakere Ranges to the Arataki visitors’ center. On arrival, enjoy panoramic views over the rainforest reserve and learn of the diverse flora and fauna thriving below the leafy canopy.

Continue on to top natural attractions including the remote black-sand beach of Piha and the New Zealand native forest setting of Karekare, and admire the beautiful Karekare waterfalls. Then, enjoy a 50-minute drive through the dense rainforest and open farmland to a local cafe for lunch.

After lunch, travel through the Ararimu Valley to West Brook Wines and Kumeu River Wines, and sample some of the diverse chardonnay, pinot gris, and pinot noir wines in production. When your final winery tour comes to an end, return in comfort to your Auckland hotel to conclude your 7.5-hour tour.
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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Lunch
  • Wine-tastings
Not included
  • Infant seats for children under seven years of age
  • 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
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with two paying adults
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of two people per booking is required
5 | 2018-01-28

Best tour ever! Our tour was amazing... our host knows all Auckland from the beaches to the wineries, the winery owners, and the places to go for the best food! Truly amazing day! Thank you!

5 | 2017-07-18

Excellent, accomadating and knowledgeable guide No reservations in recommending this tour for the sightseeing and the wine wasn't bad either

Laura D
5 | 2017-04-02

John really is a lovely guy. I can't recommend him enough. His passion for his job, his knowledge and background all serve to entertain and astound during the trip. We lucked out and had a 2 person tour. The small tour size really made it great. Good luck with everything John!

Ronald H
5 | 2017-01-21

John's Tour was the best part of our 7 day Auckland tour. Very knowledgeable about wine and history. But John wises customizes the vast amount of information in hid disposal to suit the interests of his visits. Get out of Auckland and take this tour if you want to understand New Zealand.

5 | 2016-09-23

I was hesitant to book this tour on here without any reviews but went ahead with it anyways and am certainly beyond happy that I did. John was our guide and he is seriously amazing and it was an incredible day out. He is so knowledgeable about New Zealand and taught us so much. He is friendly and professional and went out of his way to make sure we had a great tour. Everywhere we went was so picture perfect and the wine and his knowledge about wine and how it is made is also incredible. The lunch was also way better than what we expected to get - fresh, local, and good quality. If you want a day out seeing some spectacular views, sipping wine, eating a great lunch and receiving great service including learning so much about New Zealand than don't think twice and just book this tour. Thanks again John! - Erin and Steve

5 | 2016-08-28

Amazing sights, great wine, fantastic lunch, and an even better tour guide that is incredibly knowledgeable regarding the country, nature, sights, and wine region. I highly recommend this trip!

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