Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland
Discover why Waiheke Island is renowned for producing some of New Zealandís most celebrated artisan wines on this premium tour of three vineyards. Youíll sample fine wines at Mudbrick Vineyard, The Goldie Room and Te Whau Vineyard. At one of your tastings, munch on complimentary light appetizers. This small-group tour, limited to 20 people, provides an intimate experience with fellow wine lovers at Waihekeís finest vineyards. Board your ferry in downtown Auckland and relax on the 40-minute ride to Waiheke Island, an idyllic land of farms, forests, seaside villages and beaches that is less than 12 miles (19 km) from Auckland. When you arrive on the island, your small group will be welcomed by your tour driver in an air-conditioned coach. From there, head to your first tasting at Mudbrick Vineyard. Sip on wines as you enjoy stunning views of the lush gardens and hillside vineyards that overlook the Hauraki Gulf.Next youíll head to The Goldie Room, the first and most established vineyard on Waiheke. Established in 1978, the Goldie vineyard pioneered the islandís now bustling wine industry. Enjoy a selection of their premium estate wines and light appetizers while the knowledgeable and passionate staff answers any questions you may have. Your final stop will be at the Te Whau Vineyard, an operation that opened in the late 1990s to rave reviews. Taste their award-winning selection as you get an overview of making wine, from growing grapes to the finished bottle. Te Whau specializes in cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but also produces a limited quantity of chardonnay each year. At the end of the tour, you can return to the wharf via your coach for the late-afternoon ferry back to Auckland. Alternatively, you can stay on Waiheke to explore the islandís wineries and restaurants with a complimentary All Day Bus Pass for the public bus. Ferries to Auckland run until late on most evenings; check the schedule for exact details. You may not want to leave once you taste the fine wines of Waiheke!