Vineyards Honey and Black Sand Beaches
Our offices in Auckland
Our offices in Auckland
During this 5 hour tour you will travel in a minibus to visit different wineries on the beach. The meeting point with your guide will be in our offices at 11:30 AM. Together with your guide you will visit the winery of the historic Kumeu River Wines operated by the Brajkovich family. Pioneers in wine making in New Zealand since 1944 specialize in the production of Estate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, Merlot and Pinot Noir only from grapes grown in their own Kumeu and Huapai vineyards that are around 10. The barrel Fermented Mate Chardonnay is considered one of the best wines in the country. After earning his degree in Oenological Sciences in Australia, the winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW became New Zealand's first wine master and has been the chief judge of the Air New Zealand wine competition.
Then you will taste the wines on the family property of Soljans Estate and have an open lunch menu with a glass of wine from the extensive menu at "Soljans Vineyard Cafe". You can try the wide variety of native honeys such as Rewarewa, Alpine Blue Borage and Pohutakawa. Then try some Manuka UMF 10 honey. This special honey is made from the New Zealand native Tea Tree (Sperma Scoparium) and contains the powerful Methyglyoxal antibiotic. This honey in particular is exclusive to New Zealand and has more than 20 years of university research on this extraordinary phenomenon.
After lunch, you will relax with a walk through the beautiful sheep and cattle fields to visit the black sand beach of Muriwai. You will see the west coast and the regional park in the encounter with the Tasman Sea. You will also see the green hills and the impressive farmland. You can see Gannets nesting and flying over rocky outcroppings and black sand beaches. (The Gannets are migratory birds and the colony, they do not have birds between May and August).
In the afternoon, you will visit West Brook Wines for a generous selection of varietals and mixes at the winery's store. West Brook Wines is a family-owned wine company established in 1935 in New Zealand that produces excellent Chardonnay Estate, Waimauku Estate and Marlborough award winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Rose, Pinot Noir and Malbec. The winemaker James Rowan is a winemaker and winner of several awards.
After having enjoyed this interesting wine tour and having visited the black sand beach, we will return to the offices, the same place where you started.
Tour Tickets (may vary by date)
|General (P/P)||195.00 (NZD)|
Where a client has made an enquiry but fails to follow through by booking through the website booking system, at our discretion we reserve the right to terminate the reservation within 48 hours. We will notify the client by email of this cancellation.
Where a client has booked and paid the full value of the tour by credit card directly to NZWINEPRO or through BookIt, which is the booking payment platform in the NZWINEPRO website:
- Cancellation within 48 hours of the tour date will incur a 50% fee of the full price paid.
- Cancellation within 24 hours or no shows will incur a 100% fee of the full paid price.
- Refunds from Bookit through cancellation may incur a NZ $20.00 NZD fee to BookIt. This is at the discretion of NZ Wine Promotions Ltd and BookIt.
Gobook – Cancellation within 48 hours incurs forfeiture of the voucher NZWINEPRO Gift Vouchers and all other second and third party vouchers, contract promotional incentives or prizes are non refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I able to book for one person?
No, the booking system in the website is set to only accept bookings of 2 pax or greater. If you would like to book for 1 person you’ll need to contact the office to see if the tour you’re trying to book is available.
You might be put on a “bulletin notification service’ to inform you of what tours get booked for the days of your enqury.
Where do we go to be collected?
You can be collected from most Hotels located in the Central Business District (CBD). Occasionally you might be asked to meet at a larger hotel close to your own if there are too many pickups
Are you able to collect directly from Cruise Ships?
Yes, you can be collected directly from and delivered to a cruise ship on either Princes, or Queens Wharf at the “Independent Tour Operators” pickup points. We can and you a map to assist you with this.
Can a tour be adapted from the advertised wineries and inclusions?
Only if the tour is booked privately or for a group by negotiation.
Can a Tour be adapted from the specified time of departure?
If you have a small group and the schedule allows, time departures may be able to be changed to suit the client. Contact the office to enquire.
Am I able to bring children on the tour?
Children under 2 years old are not able to be brought on a tour.
How much does a child ’s fare cost?
If capacity allows children over 2 and under 11 years old are free. Any lunch costs are at your own expense. Children over 11 years old and under 18 are 50% of the tour cost.