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Auckland Wine Tours and Food Tours
EIGHT GREAT REASONS TO CHOOSE
Phil Parker’s AUCKLAND FINE WINE & FOOD TOURS
1. TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence 100% approval
2. Just SIX guests max. per tour – No Big 12 seater bus
(larger groups by arrangement)
3. Friendly personal guide
NZ Wine Writer – Phil Parker
– watch my latest Video Blog – scroll to the foot of the page
” This was one of the most fun and professional tours we have been on. We didn’t feel rushed at any of the wineries Phil is fun and interesting. Highly recommended. ”
Jason – Corona Calif. USA TripAdvisor review June 13 2015
4. ‘Best WAIHEKE ISLAND Tour’ TV5 Canada Ports D’attache
5. NEW! Craft Beer option ($USD 20 approx. Coast & Country tours)
6. Phil’s brand new NZ Winery Guide on Amazon – Click Here
7. All inclusive: Free pick-up, Lunch with Wine, Tastings, mineral water, wine notes. You pay NOTHING EXTRA on the day
8. Up to 100% refund if you don’t rate your tour as Very Good or Excellent
(If at any stage of your tour – or at the conclusion of your tour, in the highly unlikely (dare I say it virtually impossible) circumstances that you feel dissatisfied with your experience – talk to me – and I will refund up to 100% of your tour fee.)
And … Phil has a new Puppy Mr. Merlot
( Doggy Wine Tours on request )
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AUCKLAND’S WINE REGIONS
Historic Kumeu region is located 25 minutes’ drive from downtown Auckland. Croatian immigrants began making wine here in the early 20th century and have become huge part of the wine scene in New Zealand, with companies such as Nobilo, Kumeu River, and Matua starting from humble origins. This region takes in Kumeu, Huapai and Waimauku, and is easily reached from Auckland city, down State Highway 16. Once at the end of the motorway it’s instant countryside. Horses grazing in green pasture, strawberry fields, apple and kiwifruit orchards, sheep, cows, fruit and veg shops and, of course – vineyards.
Waiheke Island, about 30 years ago was seen as a quaint, if somewhat backward isolated weekend retreat for the few Aucklanders who had a holiday home there. Yet back in 1978 Kim and Jeanette Goldwater had the vision to establish the island’s very first vineyard. And now, of course, many Aucklanders are kicking themselves that they didn’t invest in land in what is now premium, million-dollar-plus real estate, and one of the trendiest boutique wine regions in New Zealand. A tourist Mecca in summer, Waiheke’s wine, food and stunning Hauraki Gulf views draws both local and international visitors. The local population of around 8000 can swell to three times or more that number on a busy summer’s day.
Matakana in north Auckland is a very groovy, up-and-coming young boutique region with most wineries established less than 15 years. 50-minute drive from Auckland city, Matakana’s sunny north-facing hillsides produce ripe red wines from varieties such as Syrah, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Pinotage. The white grapes Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Gris are also doing extremely well. Located on the Pacific Coast, with stunning views out to the Hauraki Gulf and beyond, this picturesque region offers a wide range of activities all year round from fishing to diving, a thermal aquatic park, swimming, golf, horse riding, and nature walks. Most wineries have food available, and the whole area has many upmarket B&Bs, cafes, and restaurants, plus a honey centre, chocolate boutique and Morris and James Ceramics.
Phil Parker – the Recommended Expert Guide for small, personalised boutique Auckland wine tours and shore excursions in New Zealand – with extensive local knowledge and personal contacts throughout Auckland’s wine regions – Waiheke Island wine tours, Kumeu wine tours and Matakana wine tours. Wine tours Auckland Kumeu. Wine tours Auckland Matakana. Wine tours Auckland Waiheke.
Kumeu Auckland Winery Tours: Kumeu River, Soljans, Cooper’s Creek, Matua, West Brook Waiheke Auckland Winery Tours: Peacock Sky Cable Bay, Stonyridge, Kennedy Point, Mud Brick, Obsidian Matakana Auckland Winery Tours: Ascension, Heron’s Flight, Brick Bay, Runner Duck, Omaha Bay, Ransom. Shore Excursion Tours with Cruise ship pickup and return.
VOLCANO COAST & COUNTRY
A truly unique NZ experience. Drive to the summit and view greater Auckland from a 25,000 year-old volcano. Four Award-winning Wineries – at least 24 wines to sample! Plus premium cheese board, and renowned Vineyard Restaurant Lunch – with complimentary glass of wine, plus tea/coffee. Plus stunning volcanic ‘black sand’ surf beach. Read More…
WAIHEKE ISLAND PARADISE
Prepare to be spoiled. The Premium Auckland wine, cuisine and scenic experience. Four guided boutique Winery Tastings, olive oil sampling. 5-Star ‘fine dining’ lunch– including complimentary glass of wine or beer, plus tea or coffee. Also a chance to experience a unique guided Chef’s food and wine pairing. Auckland’s Treasure Island of wine will enchant you. Read More…
SCENIC COAST & COUNTRY 1/2 DAY
Half Day tour If you have limited time in Auckland – this is an ideal 4-hour tour with a flexible start.. Hearty rural Orchard Cafe lunch – including a complimentary glass of wine or beer, plus tea or coffee and Three Winery tasting visits – plus stunning ‘black sand’ surf beach views. Read More…
COAST AND COUNTRY FINE WINE & CHEESE
Half Day West Auckland wine & cheese tour accompanied by selected fine NZ Cheeses. rural Orchard Cafe lunch – including a complimentary glass of wine or beer plus tea or coffee. Rolling green rural scenery, and a superb NZ Cheese Board to accompany your Three winery tasting visits. Also ravishing ‘black sand’ surf beach scenic views. Read More…
TOWN & COUNTRY FAB FOODIE
The Ultimate Gourmet’s NZ Food & Wine ‘Foodie’ day tour in Auckland. Visit Auckland’s ﬁsh market, ﬁne Deli goods, hand-made chocolates, artisan Cheeses, NZ native ﬂoral Honeys. Two vineyard guided tastings and superb Vineyard Restaurant Lunch – including a complimentary glass of wine or beer, plus tea or coffee. Read More…
Phil Parker’s Fine Wine Tours Auckland is the natural choice for personal and private Auckland wine tasting tours – Waiheke Island Auckland wine tours, Matakana Auckland wine tours and Kumeu Auckland Wine tours. Also Auckland group wine tours , plus Auckland ‘foodie tours’ – Auckland food &wine tours. Private Auckland wine tours also available. Plus larger group wine tours to Auckland’s winery regions.