Auckland Wine Tour Shore Excursions for Cruise Ships

New Zealand is a food and wine lover’s paradise and for many cruise ship travellers experiencing local wine and food is a must-do.

If gastronomy and wine tasting is high on your agenda, then a private wine tour is just the thing for you.

Whilst many cities around the world have wineries close by, Auckland is one of very few that's got them literally on its doorstep.  Generations of wine-makers have made Auckland home and for good reason.  Climatically, this region is blessed with a temperate climate and fertile soils; the perfect ingredients for great wine.

Just 30 minutes west of central Auckland lies Kumeu, Auckland’s oldest wine region. This small country town is steeped in history, with many of the local wineries dating back to the arrival of the Croatians in the 1930s. Set amongst green rolling hills, market gardens and orchards, the vineyards which drape this region’s hillsides thrive among its fertile soils and produce a diverse and shockingly good range of wine.

Matakana  is less than an hour’s drive north and offers excellent stop-offs en route. It’s close enough to make a quick visit from the city, yet remote enough to make you feel you're a million miles away. Along with its natural drawcards of marine reserves and regional parks, it’s dotted with antique shops and craft studios and hosts a weekly farmers’ market on Saturdays, packed with fresh, local produce.

The wine trail itself boasts breathtaking beaches, native bush, lush valleys, meandering rivers and gently rolling hills. On Auckland's wild west coast the surf pounds black volcanic sands. Moody, magnificent and deserving respect. To the north the Matakana coast stretches from Puhoi to Pakiri and is dotted with deserted scenic bays and recreational reserves.

Auckland is indeed a wonderful city; home to great food and wine.  The wineries we visit are within easy reach of the city and our door to door service means you'll get the most out of your short time in Auckland. With our local knowledge and expertise we'll help you explore the region, escape the crowds and indulge in the very best local food and wine around.

Escape the crowds and travel in style

At Boutique Wine Tours we create personal and unique experiences for wine lovers in an intimate and engaging Kiwi way with luxury transport, exquisite wine, friendly guides and a generous sprinkling of the all-important special touches.

Our private half-day and full-day tours to Kumeu and Matakana are the perfect way to experience some of New Zealand’s finest countryside and the best wine and food around – at your own pace and in style.

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