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Just 30 minutes from Auckland this morning or afternoon tour picks up inner city and immediately whisks you out to the market garden and lifestyle areas of Kumeu , Huapai and Waimauku. The name Huapai in Maori translates as “the place of fruit” which isn’t surprising given the abundance of apples, plums, strawberries and of course grapes grown in the local area.
We’ll start our tasting experience of New Zealand Wine at Coopers Creek Vineyard. Here you can enjoy a generous tasting of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Albarino, Arneis, barrel fermented Chardonnay as well as regional Pinot Noirs, a Hawkes Bay Syrah and Cabernet based blends – A rustic setting with a flare for innovation and classic varietal wines
Next you’ll be taken through beautiful rolling sheep and cattle country out to Muriwai, a seaside enclave popular with surfers and famous for its black sand beaches. Here you can watch the Gannets August to May courting, mating and rearing their young preparing them for the winter migration.
Finally visit family owned West Brook Wines established in 1935 for a cellar door tasting. Situated in the picturesque Waimauku Valley you can try award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Malbec from their own vineyard as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from their estates in Marlborough.
1.30pm - 5.30pm
502a Wairakei Road, Harewood