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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

Auckland Central, New Zealand
Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Volcanic beaches, native rain forest, and vineyards abound on this full-day tour of West Auckland. Begin with a wine tasting in Henderson Valley, then continue to the Waitakere Ranges, where more than 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of coastline and forest await you. Get elevated views of the reserve from the Arataki visitor center, explore the black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare, and get close to the Karekare waterfalls. Then, enjoy an included lunch before finishing your tour with more wine tastings.
  • Full-day tour of West Auckland, led by a guide
  • Visit the Waitakere Ranges on Auckland’s rugged west coast
  • Take in rain forest views from the Arataki visitor center and visit the Karekare waterfalls
  • Explore the vast, black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare
  • Savor an included lunch served with tea or coffee at a local cafe
  • Sample New Zealand wine at Babich Wines, West Brook Wines and Kumeu River Wines
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Infant seats for children under seven years of age
  • SkyCity Hotel , Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
  • Princes Wharf , 137-147 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • 9:30 AM
    All vehicles operating this tour are silver and clearly marked NZWINEPRO™
    Following pickup from your central Auckland accommodation, travel by climate-controlled minibus to Henderson Valley, the heartland of Auckland’s wine industry. Here, visit Babich Wines and try a range of wine varietals grown on the Babich family’s vineyards in Hawkes Bay and Marlborough.

    Continue to Auckland’s wild west coast, an area typified by volcanic beaches and dense rain forest. Drop into the Arataki visitor center in the Waitakere Ranges for elevated views of the rain forest. Then, head to Piha, one of Auckland’s most famous black-sand beaches popular with swimmers and surfers.

    After exploring the beach and enjoying a panoramic drive around the coastal community, head to Karekare beach, which was featured in the movie, 'The Piano.' Walk along the sparkly black sands, and then continue into the Waitakeres to see the Karekare waterfalls.

    Next, make the journey through forest and farmland for an included lunch, served with tea or then. Then, close off the day with wine tastings at West Brook Wine in the Ararimu Valley and Kumeu River Wines, the latter of which is famed for its world-class chardonnay.

    Your full-day tour concludes with a drop-off at your central Auckland accommodation.

    Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
    Stop At:  
    Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
    Enjoy stunning vies of the Waitakere Rainforest ranges from this Department of conservation ranger station lookout. On a fine day you can see the Auckland Sky Tower and Central Business District (CBD) in the distance.
    Duration: 25 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Piha Beach
    Piha is a small settlement on the West Coast around 50km form Auckland. It is popular for surfing and nature and is one of the jewels in Auckland's crown. Isolated without public transport it is an idyllic spot to stay or visit and be surrounded by rain forest. We will take a walk on North and South Piha beaches
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Soljans Estate Winery
    Enjoy a tasting of Soljans Wines ( est 1937) and then enjoy an open menu one course lunch including tea or coffee
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Westbrook Winery
    Try a range of Estate and Marlborough wines at this picturesque Vineyard. Walk amongst the vines and take in the tranquility and country air. Westbrook wines was established West Auckland in 1934
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Coopers Creek Vineyard
    Coopers Creek are a family owned wine company producing a number of different wines from different regions including their own Huapai estate. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from Marlborough, Syrah and Bordeaux varieties from the warmer Hawkes Bay and Albarino and Arneis from sunny Gisborne. On their own Auckland estate they produce a popular Montepulciano as well as Merlot, Malbec and Pinot Gris - In winter they have an open fireplace where you can taste and enjoy the rustic atmosphere of their tasting room
    Duration: 45 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
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with two paying adults
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A minimum of two people per booking is required
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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 11 travelers
    • OPERATED BY NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine 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.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland.

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    • "I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves wine and is looking to get outside of the city for a day!" See review

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    John is a great tour guide
    , Aug 2022
    John, our tour guide and driver, is extremely knowledgeable given his past work experience in the hospitality and wine industry. He was able to describe the scenic areas in detail as well as discuss the wine experiences in depth, making for a memorable tour.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Hi Gabriel and Sandra, thanks for your great review. It was great to meet you. I'm really happy you enjoyed your tour and that the day met with your best expectation. I hope you'll stay in touch and follow NZWINEPRO™ on Facebook page and Instagram. @nzwinepro I post pictures and comments about places of interest I comes across on tours. Thanks for your positive feedback. Best regards - John McFarlane
    If you only get to choose one, do this tour!
    , Aug 2022
    John was the most exceptional tour guide we've ever encountered. His years of experience in tourism, background in wine at different levels, and an absolute LOVE for the city made the entire tour a delight from start to finish. There was no question as to his depth of knowledge to answer and the genuine banter made the whole day extremely comfortable as well. His choice of vineyards, and the quality of every interaction along the way made each stop different from the last. The establishment we had lunch at had a lamb shoulder for 2 that was absolutely incredible and then at the next winery (WestBrook) the lovely wine enthusiast there showed us the perfect wine to pair. All in all absolutely worth every penny and more!
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Dear Lisa, What a stunning review. I had the best time with you both. I'm so happy you liked the scenery, wine and food. I can't thank you enough for your kindness and unbelievable gratuity at the Fuel station, and I'm very happy we managed to work around the dates. I hope you'll be back one day so that I can take you to another destination around Auckland for wine and great cuisine. I hope you'll stay in touch and follow NZWINEPRO™ on Facebook page and Instagram. @nzwinepro I post pictures and comments about places of interest I comes across on tours. Thanks for your amazing comments. Best regards - John McFarlane
    Perfect Day with awesome and professional guide John !
    , Jan 2020
    We absolutely recommend this tour with great guide John. Perfect Tour for Nature and Wine Lovers! We spent a lovely day enjoying great views and wineries. Food was good too. Would do this tour anytime again.
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Hi Kat, Thanks for your stellar review of the Piha Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the tour and that the inclusions met with your best expectation. I really enjoyed my day with you both. Please feel free to follow my business on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I post interesting pictures and information about things I come across on my tours. I thoroughly enjoyed your company. Stay in touch. Thanks again for choosing NZWINEPRO™ Best regards - John McFarlane
    Amazing Tour!
    , Jan 2020
    What a wonderful day! John was a fantastic guide - knowledgeable about history and culture, great at showing us beautiful sites - and wine!! The wine tastings were great and lunch was amazing! We have a couple very tough food critics in our group we all loved our lunch - and one said it was one of the best meals he ever had. Would definitely recommend this excellent combination of touring and wine-tasting!
    Beautiful scenery & 5 star wine course!
    , Oct 2019
    John, tour guide, was a lovely host. He was punctual and the transport vehicle was very clean. He knew so much about wine and the processes for making it. He took us to a gorgeous black sand beach at Piha and we strolled along the surf line. Next we travelled to a stunning waterfall at Karekare. He knew the best places to take photos from to make your takeaways interesting. The wineries we went to were great! Their success stories were amazing as well as their wines. John helped tell us about the wines and took us behind the scenes and explained the various tools and ways wine is made. So interesting. His depth of knowledge blew me away. This trip is so worth the money.
    Must do for wine lovers!
    , Aug 2019
    This was an amazing tour! John was so knowledgable about wine, and the area, we thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with him. The tour felt tailor made for the locations outside of Auckland that we wanted to see. The wineries were all amazing, pouring several delicious wines from all over New Zealand. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves wine and is looking to get outside of the city for a day!
    One-of-a-kind experience
    , Apr 2019
    We spent a wonderful day! From Piha to tastings in wineries, plus delicious lunch, everything was perfect. And John is not only an excellent guide, but very knowledgeable about wine and vineyards. We highly recommend this tour.
    Beautiful scenic trip and wine too...what's not to like?
    , Feb 2019
    The black sand beach was amazing because of the magnetic qualities of the sand. I've had great fun demonstrating this to my students with the small amount I brought home. Karekare waterfall was lovely as was the rain forest surrounding it. I found a new favorite wine at one of the wineries but was sad that I couldn't bring cases of it home with me. All in all a great way to spend an afternoon in New Zealand.
    We were one of two couples on this...
    John P
    , Feb 2018
    We were one of two couples on this tour ... it was just the four of us with the tour guide/owner John McFarlane. Curiously, we took this tour in order to visit Piha and the Rainforest the other couple took it because of their interest in wine. We spent the morning visiting the natural sites, and the afternoon at the wineries. To John's credit, all of us had a fabulous time and ended the day feeling that we had received what we expected and more. It was our best tour while in Auckland. We have absolutely nothing negative to say about this tour. A special word about the lunch. We have traveled a lot and ave come to expect a mediocre buffet style lunch whenever we take a tour. That was definitely NOT the case here. We went to a lovely restaurant at one of the wineries ... had a menu from which we could pick our choice of main courses ... wine was included ... and we were served by an actual waiter! What a delight. Kudos John and Jay
    Best tour ever! Our tour was...
    , Jan 2018
    Best tour ever! Our tour was amazing... our host knows all Auckland from the beaches to the wineries, the winery owners, and the places to go for the best food! Truly amazing day! Thank you!
    This was one of our favorite tours...
    , Jan 2018
    This was one of our favorite tours! John was absolutely the best guide ever! Very knowledgeable and personable! He made the day so enjoyable!
    GREAT tour guide - very knowledgeable...
    Cyndi P
    , Oct 2017
    GREAT tour guide - very knowledgeable and knew his wines - great wines! Tasty lunch!
    Excellent, accomadating and...
    , Jul 2017
    Excellent, accomadating and knowledgeable guide No reservations in recommending this tour for the sightseeing and the wine wasn't bad either
    John really is a lovely guy. I can't...
    Laura D
    , Apr 2017
    John really is a lovely guy. I can't recommend him enough. His passion for his job, his knowledge and background all serve to entertain and astound during the trip. We lucked out and had a 2 person tour. The small tour size really made it great. Good luck with everything John!
    John's Tour was the best part of our...
    Ronald H
    , Jan 2017
    John's Tour was the best part of our 7 day Auckland tour. Very knowledgeable about wine and history. But John wises customizes the vast amount of information in hid disposal to suit the interests of his visits. Get out of Auckland and take this tour if you want to understand New Zealand.
    I was hesitant to book this tour on...
    , Sep 2016
    I was hesitant to book this tour on here without any reviews but went ahead with it anyways and am certainly beyond happy that I did. John was our guide and he is seriously amazing and it was an incredible day out. He is so knowledgeable about New Zealand and taught us so much. He is friendly and professional and went out of his way to make sure we had a great tour. Everywhere we went was so picture perfect and the wine and his knowledge about wine and how it is made is also incredible. The lunch was also way better than what we expected to get - fresh, local, and good quality. If you want a day out seeing some spectacular views, sipping wine, eating a great lunch and receiving great service including learning so much about New Zealand than don't think twice and just book this tour. Thanks again John! - Erin and Steve
    Amazing sights, great wine...
    , Aug 2016
    Amazing sights, great wine, fantastic lunch, and an even better tour guide that is incredibly knowledgeable regarding the country, nature, sights, and wine region. I highly recommend this trip!

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