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Auckland Wine Trail Tours

Auckland Central, New Zealand
About Auckland Wine Trail Tours
Auckland Wine Trail Tours has now been voted "Best Wine Tour In New Zealand" five times, in the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016 "Traveller Voted" tourism awards. We were also awarded Trip Advisor's "Certificate Of Excellence" for 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016 and give our thanks to all our customers for their great reviews & comments. We are Auckland's original specialist wine tasting tour operator with the most experienced wine tour guide in Auckland, owner John Meadows. We offer a great range of Day & Half Day tours all with excellent wineries on both the West Coast (Kumeu, Waimauku) & East Coast (Matakana). Great scenery & sightseeing, farmland, regional parks, Tasman Sea, Pacific Ocean, rainforest, waterfalls, black sand beaches, vineyards, winery tour... Delicious winery restaurant lunches. Small group, max 9, door to door service in city area. Private tours & large groups by arrangement.
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MargaretNZ wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
We absolutely loved our afternoon tasting wines at three vineyards out west. Our guide was an exceptionally nice man, our two trip mates were wonderful company and of course we tasted some really great wines. We learnt quite a lot about tasting and food matching too. We can highly recommend this company.
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Date of experience: February 2020
JoR wrote a review Feb 2020
Chicago, Illinois7 contributions
Sanjay, our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining, and responsive to our requests. The tour was a wonderful combo of seeing the countryside and black beaches, and of visiting scenic wineries with unique wines not found in groceries or big stores. It’s our first time in NZ and it was a terrific way to experience the area. We will be back!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Bill M wrote a review Jan 2020
12 contributions2 helpful votes
The excursion started out with our guide and driver Sanjay picking us up right on time from our hotel in the viaduct area of Auckland. It was a short and very comfortable ride out to the west coast. We ended up being the only two people on the tour that day. Sanjay was a very pleasant guide, as he provided plenty of information and answered our questions throughout the day. Our first stops were to the Gannet colony and a black sand beach. The weather was a challenge with winter like wind conditions that resulted in a black sand facial as we were able to get quite close to a large number of resting birds. At the beach we saw para-surfers and sail buggies taking advantage of the windy conditions. By the time we were done at the beach the wineries were open so we proceeded to visit four small boutique wineries. We enjoyed all of them a great deal. At the last one, we proceeded from the tasting room to the restaurant to have a gourmet lunch. The food was included in the tour price and we purchased glasses of wine to complement the food. At the end, Sanjay was gracious enough to take us back to the first winery where we purchased a few bottles to enjoy at a later date. Finally, a pleasant trip back to our hotel ended our lovely tour. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from WineTrailTours, Owner at Auckland Wine Trail Tours
Responded 31 Jan 2020
Thank you for the giving us the opportunity to show you around our beautiful city. Glad we could make your day one to remember.
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Delmov wrote a review Dec 2019
Kansas City, Missouri246 contributions118 helpful votes
The day we booked it was raining hard. I believe a couple of people cancelled, but the tour went on as planned. Sanjay, our guide, was fabulous. He took us to some great wineries, was very informative. We decided on skipping the falls due to the rain (we did see these falls on another day - beautiful) and we stopped at a couple fo breweries. A perfect tour rain or shine. While in Auckland a must! Thanks!!
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Date of experience: December 2019
Teal P wrote a review Nov 2019
Montana City, Montana1 contribution2 helpful votes
On our final day in Auckland, our group was set to do the waterfall and wine tour. We did arrive 45 minutes later than anticipated due to traffic and it had been a very rainy night. Due to that, our tour guide (who I was never actually introduced to, do I cant even tell you his name) suggested doing the west coast tour instead of the messy waterfall walk. We agreed and started our tour about 10am. There was no discussion of which wineries we wanted to visit, types or wines we preferred to try, nothing of that nature. There were only 6 of us on the tour all sitting in the first 3 rows of the van behind te guide. I couldn't hear anything he said on the very few occasions that he pointed something out during our drive. We stopped at beach area for a walk along a track where there again was not much guiding or information giving, we just followed the track. The guide and driver were taking pictures of the area as if they had never seen it before either. We then went to a black sand beach and that's about all the information he gave us. It was pretty, but I would have loved to know more about the area or why that sand was black instead of the gold or white color in other places. We made it to our first winery where they didnt seem to be expecting us or know who our guide was which surprised me after reading so many reviews before we booked, I would have thought the wineries in the area would recognize the guides. The wineries themselves were amazing. The individuals at each one were great and very informative about their product. The tour guiding portion of this was just so disappointing. We drove basically in silence from place to place. We could have driven ourselves around to these places and come out with the same amount of knowledge. I know this review is completely opposite of every other review on here. There is such an extreme difference that I even double and triple checked that this is the right company we booked with and it definitely is. I wish we had recieved the tour that all of the other reviews have raved about, but instead we are left feeling like we just completely over paid for some regular wine tastings. It was an unfortunate way to end our time on the North Island.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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