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Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Black sands, native wildlife, and award-winning wine awaits you on this tour of Auckland’s wild west coast. Following pickup from your central hotel, you’ll travel to Muriwai, a coastal enclave whose windswept beach and waves draw surfers and visitors from miles around. Stroll the beach and visit the cliff-top gannet colony, then continue to a nearby wine estate, where you’ll taste a selection of local varietals and blends.
  • Guided tour of Muriwai in West Auckland
  • Visit Muriwai, a popular surfing spot famous for its volcanic sands and gannet colony
  • Included tasting at Kumeu River Wines, Matua Wines, or West Brook wine estate
  • Central Auckland hotel pickup and drop-off makes it possible to visit the west coast without needing to hire a car
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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National Park fees
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Local taxes
Personal expenses
Lunch

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Begin with a morning or afternoon pickup from your hotel in Auckland CBD, and then travel out of the city center to West Auckland in a climate-controlled vehicle. On the way, you’ll cruise through the scenic areas of Waimaulu, Kumeu and Huapai, the latter of which translates as “the place of excellent fruit” in Māori.

On arrival in Muriwai, roughly 26 miles (42 km) west of central Auckland, jump out of the vehicle to explore with your guide. Walk along the sparkling black sands and learn more about the area’s history. Then, continue to Otakamiro Point, whose cliffs and rocky nesting areas are home to the region’s only gannet colony.

Next, continue to Kumeu River Wines, Matua Wines or West Brook wine estate, where you’ll take part in a guided wine tasting, sampling fine local varietals such as pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling.

 After roughly 3.5 hours, your tour concludes with a drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Next you’ll be taken through beautiful rolling sheep and cattle country out to Muriwai, a seaside enclave popular with surfers and famous for its black sand beaches. Here you can watch the Gannets August to May courting, mating and rearing their young preparing them for the winter migration. There are spectacular views of the Tasman Sea and rugged West Coast from the lookouts.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Babich Wines
Watch a fascinating video about the history of this iconic 103 year old family wine company. Founder of Babich Wines Josep Babich came to New Zealand as a 14 year boy and created one of New Zealand's favourite family owned wine companies. Taste up to 8 white and red wines including their flagship Bordeaux style blend only made in the best years in the cellar door tasting room.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Westbrook Winery
Visit family owned West Brook Wines established in 1935 for a cellar door tasting. Situated in the picturesque Waimauku Valley you can try award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Malbec from their own vineyard as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from their estates in Marlborough
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with two paying adults
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Muriwai Wine Tour
Catherine_C
, Mar 2020
Wonderful afternoon tour. John was fabulous so knowledgeable. We toured 2 wineries and the gannet colony. His wine knowledge was encyclopedic.
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Best tour we have had in Auckland
chrishollenbeck
, Jan 2020
we had now done about 5 tours while here in Auckland and this was by far the best. John was very knowledgeable, helpful, funny and an all around great host. We tasted wine at two great wineries with not only great wine but great views and a lot of fun. We would suggest this tour to anyone and were tempted to sign up for another one if we had the time.
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Mixed experience- Murawai Scenic Wine Tour
Daydream661819
, Sep 2019
We assumed this was a scenic wine tour with a view of the gannet colony included. The first stop at Babich wines was very good- good video of the history of the wine family and a really good knowledgeable tasting; then we stopped on top of a cliff and looked at the birds- I told the driver I had shingles in my foot when he said we were going to climb up a cliff to get closer to the birds but he went anyway- apparently the climb was very steep and birds very, very smelly up close- not a pleasant experience and would not recommend. The went to a very large commercial winery (West Brook Wines) for another tasting- this was very average with large crowds of people and no explanation about the wines- very perfunctory experience. The driver dropped us back at a restaurant in Auckland for lunch
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Lovely afternoon highly...
Marshall E
, Feb 2018
Lovely afternoon highly knowledgeable tour guide, 2 great wine tastings, some incredible scenery and a fabulous view of the gannet colony. Highly recommended and good value.
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Our day with John was amazing. He...
Sarah K
, Nov 2017
Our day with John was amazing. He picked us up right in front of our hotel and we got lucky to be the only people booked that day, it was a private wine tour. We headed out to the vineyards and tasted some great wines. Big shout out to The Hunting Lodge Winery and Rota - it was our favorite of the day. John then took us to the coast to see the gannets and their chicks. What a majestical sight. An overall great day and would totally do this tour again next time we are in Auckland.
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