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 wine tastings at West Brook Wines and Kumeu River Wines.
Following pickup from your central Auckland accommodation, you’ll 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 in to 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, you’ll head to Karekare beach, which features 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 1-hour journey through forest and farmland to the Provenance Café 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.