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Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert

Auckland Central, New Zealand
Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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Discover Auckland’s food and wine on a half-day tour with a local insider who shares the region’s freshest seafood, baked goods and other delectable treats. Enjoy morning tea, a light lunch and wine tasting of superb varietals; visit the Auckland Fish Market and meet the talented artisan producers at a farmers’ market; and travel by minivan to key landmarks including Ponsonby Road, Mt Eden and the Auckland Domain. You’ll discover a wealth of epicurean delights in Auckland on this small-group tour, limited to six people for personalized attention.
  • Half-day food tour of Auckland with an expert guide
  • Travel by minivan around the city to visit a variety of excellent shops, markets and landmarks
  • Learn about the vibrant food and wine scene in Auckland from a passionate foodie
  • Enjoy a guided tasting of great New Zealand wines
  • Get an insider’s tour of the Auckland Fish Market with special behind-the-scenes access and a light lunch
  • Drive past landmarks including the Auckland Domain, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Mt Eden and Ponsonby Road
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of six people ensures personalized attention from your guide
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Mornng Tea
Food and wine tastings
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Join a foodie guide who provides local insight into Auckland’s thriving food scene, which includes an abundance of seafood, fresh produce and distinctive wines.

Upon hotel pickup by minivan, start your half-day tour at a farmers’ market where local food purveyors and specialty food stores offer samples of mouthwatering jams, sauces and baked goods with your morning tea. Then, meet vendors and restauranteurs as your guide takes your small group behind the scenes at the bustling Auckland Fish Market, where you’ll enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch. 

Afterward, take a city tour of Auckland, driving down popular Ponsonby Road, a hip area festooned with boutique shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Your guide shares informative commentary about Auckland’s diverse cultures and current trends in the food and wine scene.

Admire panoramic views over the city from the summit of Mt Eden, and journey past the 185-acre (75-hectare) expanse of Auckland Domain, whose grounds include formal gardens, the Wintergarden Pavilion and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. You can request to be dropped off here, or end your tour back at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Auckland Fish Market
After morning pickup at your hotel or the Auckland Fish Market, travel by comfortable minivan with a food-loving guide who provides an insider’s tour of Auckland’s fabulous food scene. Rich soil and a temperate climate means that Auckland gets a variety of fresh locally grown produce all year long. Superb wine regions and talented artisan producers are located nearby, contributing to the wealth of epicurean delights to discover in the city. Your knowledgeable guide will take you to a farmers' market where you meet local food producers and taste their delicious produce, jams, sauces and baked goods. Stop in at specialty foods store to sample their wares. Then enjoy a personalized tour of the Auckland Fish Market where you go behind the scenes to meet vendors and restauranteurs who specialize in fresh seafood from the oceans around New Zealand. Your guide also takes you to great spots for a wine tasting and a light lunch.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Auckland Domain
Take in some of the city’s top sights as you drive around the city. Drive down Ponsonby Road to where your guide points out a number of favorites among the hip area’s boutique shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Head to the top of Mt Eden to peer at the grass-covered cone of an ancient volcano and admire panoramic views over Auckland. Pass by the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, and get an overview of the 185-acre (75-hectare) expanse. The grounds include formal gardens, the Wintergarden Pavilion and the excellent Auckland War Memorial Museum. Many people choose to visit the museum after the tour ends and your guide can provide drop off at the museum. 
Throughout your tour, your friendly guide shares informative commentary about Auckland’s food and wine, diverse cultures, and current trends for a fun and fascinating tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation will be advised at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Big Foody Food Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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, Feb 2021
Our tour guide was great. Had a few laughs. We learnt something from every place she took us. Each place was totally different and well worth seeing. Would have this tour again.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thanks so much Anni. Loved meeting you all! See you again soon
Well worth the time!
, Mar 2020
Interesting and varied food tour of Auckland. Would do it again as explored a variety of areas I wouldn’t of visited.
Fun and filling tour
, Mar 2020
Fun tour! We were driven around in a very comfortable oversized van, seeing the major sights of Auckland. We stopped at a weekend market and sampled some delicious coffee, and a meat filled pastry. Next we visited a shop where the local chefs shop and had several tastings of different oils, an apple product and some cheese samples. Lunch was served at the fish market, several different samplings that included a salmon dish, prawns, mussels, and your choice of beverage. Our final stop was for a wonderful ice cream cone called the Hokey Pokey. I highly recommend the tour!
Walk to Somewhere
, Feb 2020
Colleen didn’t disappoint;we had a great group of people and a lot of fun.Delicous food and stimulating conversation.The locations she took us to,very interesting.She was the best!!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you so much! Colleen is fabulous and we loved having you join us on the tour.
fun saturday morning
, Jan 2020
Was picked up at cruise ship dock with no problems. The first stop was a farmer's market hidden away on a back street. A lot of samples of fresh fruit, pastries, vegetables, preserves, honey, etc. Ate a lot of samples. Next we went to a wholesale/retail gourmet store. Again, hidden away in an industrial area. We did tastings there of different oils, vinegars and cheeses. Then on to the Auckland fish market, which was interesting to see. We had a very good lunch of assorted seafood dishes.Great day
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Enjoyable tour inside the city of Auckland
, Aug 2018
Start your trip in the morning with gourmet coffee and experienced how good coffee are being roasted. Visited a vegan bakery for breakfast. Driving through town and tasting of special cheese, honey and olive oil were eyes opening. The tour ended with a Fish Market tour and lunch close by with a large seafood platter plus local brewer. The whole experience was enjoyable.
Elle was an amazing guide! She knew...
Comfort M
, Feb 2018
Elle was an amazing guide! She knew just where to take us in order for us to truly experience the different flavors of Auckland. We started in the local market where we sampled delicious quiche and croque monsieur. The brownie was amazing and the limoncello divine! We also went to the shop where chefs buy their cheeses and various ingredients. We tried and also purchased some amazing cheeses and tea! We some how also managed to grab some yummy apple syrup to bring home and hide from the kids! Elle also took us to lunch for some Auckland local seafood. Perfect! Elle knows the ins and outs of Auckland and the best places to go if you want to experience the flavors of Auckland. She is funny and entertaining and we truly enjoyed our tour and meeting her. I highly recommend Big Foody Food Tours if you want a true taste of Auckland.
Loved this tour ! Colleen, our...
Betty L
, Feb 2018
Loved this tour ! Colleen, our guide was so nice and informative,,,,,and the samples of food were great! Small group was also a plus.
Colleen, our local expert, was the...
, Sep 2017
Colleen, our local expert, was the best! She is so friendly and introduce some many great food to us! I am still dream with the hazelnut pie that was eaten from a Café in Takapuna Beach.
A food tour by car, an excellent...
John W
, Nov 2016
A food tour by car, an excellent approach to see more of the area and experience a broad selection of food. Elle has a great breadth of knowledge of the cuisine and local happenings, she was a delight. Starting at the Fish Market we went out of Auckland to the Takapuna area for morning tea and pastries. We made a non-food stop at the Pump house, the lake was that was the source of water for many years for the city, now a beautiful small theater. We were then off to Sabatos, a local excellent store for spice, oil, vinegar, cheese and other local and imported food ingredients. We were treated to mushrooms, oil and vinegar testings and local cheese also bought a lot of stuff!. We ended up at the fish market with a complete explanation of the receipt and auctioning of the fish that come though the market. We finished at a small Restaurant in the Fish Market with samplings of local seafood and local beer. This is a great tour to get a look at the wholesale and retail end of the food chain.

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