The Gourmet’s Food and Wine Tour - Waiheke Island, New Zealand

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Tasting
Wine, Olive Oil, Oysters
Activity
City Tasting, Food Pairing, Sailing
Included
Meal, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Countryside, City, Cultural
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
130
88
/ Person
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Activity Overview
This food and wine tour will allow you to delight in award-winning olive oil, succulent fresh oysters, and other locally-produced specialty foods, paired with wines from some of the Island’s leading boutique vineyards. Your guide will offer an amusing and forthcoming commentary along the way.
This tour takes you to an award-winning olive oil mill, followed by two vineyards, for a selection of gourmet delights to complement the wines. Taste wild honey, artisan cheeses, freshly caught oysters direct from the Te Matuku Bay, and the popular regional green herb spread. The itinerary for Saturdays may also include a visit to the Waiheke Market.
Afterward, you can enjoy a platter lunch at one of our finest vineyard restaurants. Lunch will be followed by a return transfer back to the ferry back to Auckland, or to your accommodation.

SAMPLE ITINERARY
  • 9:00 am - Leave Auckland on Fullers and sail directly to Waiheke Island.
  • 9:45 am - Arrive at Matiatia, where you will be greeted on the wharf, and the tour starts with a ride along the striking northern route, where you will appreciate the spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and extends to the Coromandel Peninsula.
  • 10:15 am - Visit Kennedy Point Vineyard the home of certified organic Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Rosé wines. You will also sample New Zealand avocado oil, and estate–grown olive oil. The winery decks are hidden among the Pohutukawa trees overlooking Waiheke Island’s Kennedy Bay and offer an ideal setting to sample a selection of fine wines. Ananda Tours also includes some regional Te Matuku Bay Oysters and a tiny cheese board to taste with one of your wines.
  • 11:15 am – Tour the Rangihoua Estate, home of the first olive oil in the North Island. Rangihoua’s recognized award-winning olive oils have many accolades under their name, since the first pressings. This tour will help you learn how the oil is processed and also sample an array of distinctive oils, including the Spanish-style Picual, the peppery Greek-style Koreneiki, or the Tuscan-style Frantoio, as well as other island blends. The Frantoio blend is listed by Flos Olei 2013, as one of the Top 20 Olive Oils in the world.
  • 12:00 pm – Delight in a tasting at Peacock Sky, the producers of Chardonnay, Méthode Traditionelle, Merlot Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The wines are all expertly paired with morsels of enticing food prepared daily by the vineyard owners.
  • 1:00 pm - Tasting and platter style lunch served at the Stonyridge Vineyard, a relaxing setting, set amidst vines and an olive grove. Stonyridge offers an a la carte dining and platters that emphasize on fresh seasonal produce.
  • 2:30 pm – You will be collected from Mudbrick Vineyard.
  • 3:00 pm - Fullers ferry leaves Waiheke Island.
 
Practical information
Ferry tickets can be arranged for you at $38.00 pp return (round trip) – please contact us for more details.
Tour requires minimum of 2 people to run. (maximum group size 18 people)
Dietaries/allergies can be catered for however the tour is not suitable for vegans.
Please note that our group tours are not suitable for guests travelling with children under the age of 10 years. If you wish to make a booking, please contact us about a private tour.
For bookings of eight or more, we are happy to offer a reduced rate or personalised quote. We can also arrange a private tour for your group if desired.
 
Included
  • Wine and food tasting fees, commentary on the Island's history and people, vineyard platter lunch (cold meats, seafood, bread, dips)
Not Included
  • Ferry tickets and beverages during lunch
Group-size:
Min. of 2
Rates
Per
Price
Person
$
130
88
Timing
Dates
Start Time
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More information about the timing
Daily9:00 AMRETURN: 3.45PM.
Duration
7 H
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Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Overall Experience
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We had a lovely tour with Paul.
We had a lovely tour with Paul. He kept us informed and entertained the whole time. The wine and food experience was special. Loved the small group tour. Highly recommend the gourmet wine tour.
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/ Person
Auckland, New Zealand
Duration:
2 Days
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We invite you to join us on our 2-day tour of Waiheke for the very best that the Island has to offer. You'll enjoy two nights of fun and experience the ultimate two-day food and wine ... moreexperience.

Two days fully guided private tour with flexible timing to suit your preferences.

Day 1 – visit two of the top vineyards on the island, as well as our local micro-brewery

Day 2 – visit two extra vineyards as well as our award-winning olive estate.

Possibility to substitute olive estate/brewery visits for two extra vineyards.

Enjoy stylish accommodation with continental breakfast in a deluxe small hotel-apartment.
$
280
/ Person
Auckland, New Zealand
Duration:
1 Day
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Join us on a day excursion where we discover Waiheke - the world famous 'Island of Wine'. Waiheke Island is set right on Auckland's doorstep and only a 35-minute ferry ride across ... morethe clear waters of the Hauraki Gulf. We pride in over seven years of operation where we've met thousands of interesting people from all over the world. We have a reputation for treating our guests in engaging commentary and introducing them to some of our typical boutique vineyards, renowned for making delicious wines. We also offer our guests excellent tasting experiences. We are passionate about this idyllic place, we invite you to join us and we'll share our tiny piece of paradise and its mysteries with you. This tour is designed to offer you unforgettable memories!!

For small groups or couples– select the intimacy of a Platinum Private Tour. This tour is ideal for special celebrations such as a birthday, wedding anniversary, or engagement. We offer a tailor-made plan and also confirm all arrangements on your behalf!
$
125
/ Person
Auckland, New Zealand
Duration:
5 H
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Join us on a day tour where we discover Waiheke - the world famous 'Island of Wine'. Waiheke Island is situated right on Auckland's doorstep and only a 35-minute ferry ride across ... morethe effervescent waters of the Hauraki Gulf. We pride in over seven years of operation where we've met thousands of interesting people from across the world. We have got a reputation for treating our guests in engaging commentary and introducing them to some of our traditional boutique vineyards where delicious wines are made. We also offer excellent tasting experiences. We are passionate about this beautiful place, we, therefore, invite you to come over and allow us to share our little piece of paradise and its mysteries with you. This experience is designed to offer unforgettable memories!!

Highlights:
For the day tour of a lifetime - catch the 10 am ferry from downtown Auckland and our sociable host will be waiting to welcome you as you disembark.
The tour will commence immediately and you'll have the chance to enjoy jaw-dropping landscape around every corner accompanied by an enthusiastic recount on the island's early history and life on the island up to date. We normally book our three vineyards in advance each day and ardent hosts will be eagerly waiting to welcome you, ready to recount their wealth and depth of expertise about our excellent wine industry. You'll get the chance to sample 15 very unique wines and enjoy either breads, small tapas, olive oils, and cheese depending on the vineyard. You may even get the chance to taste some local honey, or an oyster shooter (at your own cost). This experience offers a truly fully interactive wine tasting session as you've never had before.
At around 2 pm we'll chauffeur you to the lunch venue of your choice (lunch not included in the tour price). After lunch, we'll meet and drive you to the 4 pm or 4:30 pm ferry back to the city.
You'll be driven in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles that can accommodate a maximum of 10 people, normally 8, thus leaving 2 - 3 seats free for comfort.