Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert

Auckland, New Zealand

From US$164.15

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover Auckland’s food and wine on a half-day tour with a local insider who shares the region’s freshest seafood, baked goods and other delectable treats. Enjoy morning tea, a light lunch and wine tasting of superb varietals; visit the Auckland Fish Market and meet the talented artisan producers at a farmers’ market; and travel by minivan to key landmarks including Ponsonby Road, Mt Eden and the Auckland Domain. You’ll discover a wealth of epicurean delights in Auckland on this small-group tour, limited to six people for personalized attention.
  • Half-day food tour of Auckland with an expert guide
  • Travel by minivan around the city to visit a variety of excellent shops, markets and landmarks
  • Learn about the vibrant food and wine scene in Auckland from a passionate foodie
  • Enjoy a guided tasting of great New Zealand wines
  • Get an insider’s tour of the Auckland Fish Market with special behind-the-scenes access and a light lunch
  • Drive past landmarks including the Auckland Domain, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Mt Eden and Ponsonby Road
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of six people ensures personalized attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Mornng Tea
  • Food and wine tastings
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 35 Hobson Street
    35 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:30 AM

End point

  • SkyCity Auckland
    Corner Victoria and, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Pickup details

Hotel pick ups are purely dependant on the number of people in the group. It might be we ask guests to make their way to a central location.

What To Expect

Join a foodie guide who provides local insight into Auckland’s thriving food scene, which includes an abundance of seafood, fresh produce and distinctive wines.

Upon hotel pickup by minivan, start your half-day tour at a farmers’ market where local food purveyors and specialty food stores offer samples of mouthwatering jams, sauces and baked goods with your morning tea. Then, meet vendors and restauranteurs as your guide takes your small group behind the scenes at the bustling Auckland Fish Market, where you’ll enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch. 

Afterward, take a city tour of Auckland, driving down popular Ponsonby Road, a hip area festooned with boutique shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Your guide shares informative commentary about Auckland’s diverse cultures and current trends in the food and wine scene.

Admire panoramic views over the city from the summit of Mt Eden, and journey past the 185-acre (75-hectare) expanse of Auckland Domain, whose grounds include formal gardens, the Wintergarden Pavilion and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. You can request to be dropped off here, or end your tour back at your hotel.

Auckland Domain (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Confirmation will be advised at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
We had a good time visiting several food locations; all the food was outstanding and the transportation was comfortable and informative. Plenty of food from the various sources. I recommend this tour.


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Good time, lots of food and fun.
Richard_E, Feb 2023
We had a good time visiting several food locations; all the food was outstanding and the transportation was comfortable and informative. Plenty of food from the various sources. I recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks so much Richard. Delighted you enjoyed it. Elle
Auckland Food Tour
Nina_T, Feb 2023
The tour was a great introduction to the food markets and food outlets in Auckland. Allie's enthusiasm and knowledge of the food industry was awesome. Lunch was very food.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks Nina. Loved meeting you. Delighted lunch was food. Always a good way to finish a tour :) See you again x
Great introduction to Auckland
Lori_D, Feb 2023
Kath was an awesome guide showing us different parts of Auckland and boutique New Zealand bites. She gave us some history.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
She is great! Thanks so much Lori. Hope you loved Auckland!
Best Food Tour Ever!
Robin_R, Feb 2023
Best food tour ever…Kath was excellent! She not only gave us a food tour but a history and cultural lesson as well. She was charming and enthusiastic, we had a fabulous time! (Plus LOTS of food)! Highly highly recommend!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks so much Robin! I'm delighted you enjoyed it so much!
Not a Food Tour
Terri_B, Feb 2023
This was not a food tour. We only went to a few places, very little food info, and basically just sat down and pick out what you want. Most of the day was spent driving around looking at some places outside the city. We have been on many Viator food tours that were fabulous. This was not a food tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Terri. Thanks for this. We don't actually have you registered on one of our tours. Maybe a different company? Please do give me a call if I have that wrong, but that is also not the process on our tours. We don't offer 'pick what you want.' Look forward to hearing from you. Our office number will be on the ticket. Many thanks
Stuffed at the end!
Linda_H, Jan 2023
We had a bit of trouble finding the guide (she was inside the hotel) but had a great visit. First we went for coffee and a candy, next to have a "meat pie" from a gourmet shop. It was delicious! Our next stop was cheese tasting (also an olive oil and a couple other items in the store). There was NO wine tasting as advertised. We asked Kath about that but she said it only included a glass of wine at lunch if you wanted. Lunch was at Ampersand and was wonderful (with a lovely wine of your choice). It sounded like Kath takes people to a variety of places depending on what she feels like. She was quite talkative and friendly and gave a nice driving tour around town. By the end of the tour, we were all stuffed!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks Linda. Look forward to seeing you again in Auckland.
Would not recommend
Mike_S, Jan 2023
Not a typical food tour where you walk around the city and sample different foods at the markets or restaurants. I felt like we spend most of our time driving around rather than eating. We also skipped one food stop because some of the people wanted a ride to another drop-off location.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Mike. Thanks for the feedback. You are completely correct, this isn't a walking tour. It was never advertised as one. It is a driven tour that goes from suburb to suburb around the city and has done since 2010. Now I could completely understand if you were annoyed about the coffee that ended up all over one of you, but a new tshirt was purchased and I'm pretty sure there were enough apologies to sink a ship. I'm quite surprised by the review as you both said you had enjoyed the tour. We also didn't skip a stop. I'm sorry if you thought we had. Please do get in touch with me directly if you would like any further resolve.
Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert
Joslyn_B, Jan 2023
We had a great time. Went to a coffee shop first, had our first flat whites and tangelo chocolates. We also saw how they made their coffee. Did some touring then had breakfast at a great small shop. I was already full after the meat pie and while boar terrine. More touring and then a huge lunch with oysters, prawn cocktail, beef croquettes, and more. Definitely recommend.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you had a fabulous time. It's a lovely way to explore the city.
2 thumbs up for Elle!
ALLEN_t, Dec 2022
My father and I really enjoyed this tour! Elle was fantastic, super friendly and accommodating. Loved the food overview of the city and especially the Farmer’s market tastings. Will do it again next time we come back.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thanks so much! Loved meeting you both
Wonderful morning in Auckland
stephaniesimovich, Nov 2022
Fun and tasty tour of Auckland with Elle of Big Foodie Food Tours. Had a blast. Farmers Market, cool restaurants, like Cazadore, game meats (NZ Tahr anyone?), crazy good eggplant and chocolate too. Book this it will not disappoint!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you! How kind. We love showing off this city!
Ella was fantastic!...
Tammy_J, Nov 2022
Ella was fantastic! She was extremely accommodating and knowledgeable. Loved going to the local market
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Loved meeting you both Tammy!
Abfab foodie tour.
Anthony_J, Oct 2022
A very enjoyable tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Ellie safely and comfortably guided us around the best that fooodie Auckland had to offer. Pies, coffee, chocolates, cheeses, meats and deli, rounded off with a delicious luncheon. Abfab tour. Highly recommended 👌
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thanks Anthony!!!! Love to see you again
Must Do
Anni_M, Feb 2021
Our tour guide was great. Had a few laughs. We learnt something from every place she took us. Each place was totally different and well worth seeing. Would have this tour again.
Response from Host, Feb 2021
Thanks so much Anni. Loved meeting you all! See you again soon
Well worth the time!
Michael_S, Mar 2020
Interesting and varied food tour of Auckland. Would do it again as explored a variety of areas I wouldn’t of visited.
Fun and filling tour
Claudia_C, Mar 2020
Fun tour! We were driven around in a very comfortable oversized van, seeing the major sights of Auckland. We stopped at a weekend market and sampled some delicious coffee, and a meat filled pastry. Next we visited a shop where the local chefs shop and had several tastings of different oils, an apple product and some cheese samples. Lunch was served at the fish market, several different samplings that included a salmon dish, prawns, mussels, and your choice of beverage. Our final stop was for a wonderful ice cream cone called the Hokey Pokey. I highly recommend the tour!
Walk to Somewhere
Audrey_B, Feb 2020
Colleen didn’t disappoint;we had a great group of people and a lot of fun.Delicous food and stimulating conversation.The locations she took us to,very interesting.She was the best!!!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Thank you so much! Colleen is fabulous and we loved having you join us on the tour.
fun saturday morning
wendell_h, Jan 2020
Was picked up at cruise ship dock with no problems. The first stop was a farmer's market hidden away on a back street. A lot of samples of fresh fruit, pastries, vegetables, preserves, honey, etc. Ate a lot of samples. Next we went to a wholesale/retail gourmet store. Again, hidden away in an industrial area. We did tastings there of different oils, vinegars and cheeses. Then on to the Auckland fish market, which was interesting to see. We had a very good lunch of assorted seafood dishes.Great day
Enjoyable tour inside the city of Auckland
Benny_Z, Aug 2018
Start your trip in the morning with gourmet coffee and experienced how good coffee are being roasted. Visited a vegan bakery for breakfast. Driving through town and tasting of special cheese, honey and olive oil were eyes opening. The tour ended with a Fish Market tour and lunch close by with a large seafood platter plus local brewer. The whole experience was enjoyable.
Elle was an amazing guide! She knew...
Comfort M, Feb 2018
Elle was an amazing guide! She knew just where to take us in order for us to truly experience the different flavors of Auckland. We started in the local market where we sampled delicious quiche and croque monsieur. The brownie was amazing and the limoncello divine! We also went to the shop where chefs buy their cheeses and various ingredients. We tried and also purchased some amazing cheeses and tea! We some how also managed to grab some yummy apple syrup to bring home and hide from the kids! Elle also took us to lunch for some Auckland local seafood. Perfect! Elle knows the ins and outs of Auckland and the best places to go if you want to experience the flavors of Auckland. She is funny and entertaining and we truly enjoyed our tour and meeting her. I highly recommend Big Foody Food Tours if you want a true taste of Auckland.
Loved this tour ! Colleen, our...
Betty L, Feb 2018
Loved this tour ! Colleen, our guide was so nice and informative,,,,,and the samples of food were great! Small group was also a plus.

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