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John gave us a great tour of the area north of the city. He was very informative and did a great job listening to what we wanted to see and do. We enjoyed the small amount of hiking to see the waterfalls and beaches, but he was also able to get some great views for the older couple who had booked with us and couldn't walk very well. The wineries we went to were very friendly and John was also able to give us extra information about the selections. We loved this tour and would do it again.
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We did the Matakana tour with John. It was a well constructed trip. Whilst the main interest was on wine the "side" trips to chocolate, honey and the giant kauri tree were most welcome. My guests were from Canada and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. The vineyards were well chosen and we were well looked after at all three - Brick Bay, Sculptuream and Heron's Flight. The latter was particularly good. John is extremely knowledgeable and provided an appropriate commentary during the trip. The pick up and drop off at our hotel was really helpful.
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Did the half day tour of the west coast ,45 minutes from Auckland. Two wineries plus the gannet colony on the rocks by the beach. A thoroughly enjoyable day. Both wineries were excellent and John was a very informative host.
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Auckland Wine Trail Tours exceeded our expectations. John went out of his way to customize our tour. We were on a Celebrity cruise. He already had an afternoon tour scheduled with other passengers on the ship. We wanted a full day so he picked us up in the morning, took us on a private excursion, then dropped us off at a great winery. We had a wine tasting and lunch while he picked up the other participants. During the afternoon we had a small group tour/tasting at three other wineries. This was one of our very favorite outings in New Zealand!
Fantastic day touring amazing natural wonders and enjoying some of the finest wineries! Lunch was scrumptious too! John was the perfect guide and made the experience both fun and memorable... a must do on your bucket list!
We went on a half day wine tour just outside of Auckland with John. He was a fabulous tour guide with lots of interesting information about the area and a great sense of humor. We were impressed with all three wineries that we visited (The Hunting Lodge was our most favorite), and our only regret was that we did not opt for the full day tour. We hope to return to NZ someday, and when we do, we will definitely do this tour again.
Waterfalls & Wine Tour.
A Superb day out sightseeing and taking in some on New Zealand best wine producers.
John who runs the tour is a very knowledgeable chap who entertains you on the trip and you make your way to the black sand beach that featured in the file The Piano and then onto one of the waterfalls that was shown in Xena Worrier Princess. Some great view of the beach and waterfalls followed and great sightseeing from a comfortable and easy access minibus. Then on to a very nice lunch at one of the wineries followed by a great afternoon visiting four local wineries; offering tastings of their locality produce wines and the option to buy some to take home.
John offers a local pick up to Auckland city areas, such as the Sky Tower or Ferry Terminal and is a very good host, entertaining and great at showing you the highlights of the area, history of the vineyards and notes on the wines they produce. Very good tour and well worth booking.
This tour was amazing! We had a group of 6 and every one of us had the most incredible day! John was fantastic; he was informative, fun, and had the answers to all of our questions! No one was sure what to expect going into the tour but it was more than any of us could have expected and was a highlight of my trip!
All of the wine stops were amazing and we had to repack multiple times to fit all of the wine we bought into our bags.
I would recommend this to anyone traveling to Auckland. The sites are beautiful and you hit spots you would never think or know of!
The price is incredible for all that you get as well!
Thank you John for such a wonderful experience!