Auckland Shore Excursion: West Coast Wineries Tour

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Shore Excursion West Coast Wineries Tour

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Up to 7 days in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Taste an array of New Zealand wines on this Auckland shore excursion to North Island wineries. Your half-day winery tour with a knowledgeable guide includes a lookout point over the Tasman Sea en route to two or three wineries by minivan. With a choice of morning and afternoon options, you can choose the tour that best suits your schedule. Port pickup and drop-off at Prince's Wharf is included.
  • Winery tour of the North Island's West Coast wine region from Auckland
  • Visit two or three wineries and sample local wine varieties like chardonnay and pinot noir
  • Learn about wine making in the region from your knowledgeable guide and winery staff
  • Enjoy views of the Tasman Sea, and see Muriwai black-sand beach and the Takapu gannet colony (if morning departure selected)
  • Travel in comfort and style in a deluxe, air-conditioned minivan
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Wine tastings
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Auckland
    Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Departure Point: 188 Quay Street, Downtown Auckland Address: 188 Quay Street, Downtown Auckland Directions: From your cruise ship docked in Auckland at either Princess Wharf or Queens Wharf please make your way to Bus Stop #1346, in front of the Price Waterhouse Building and beside the M-Social Hotel. – 188 Quay Street, Downtown Auckland. Please look for a Greatsights/Intercity coach but at times there may be a shuttle or taxi to pick you up and transfer to the main departure point. Please get there around 0915am for a 0925am departure. If needed you can contact us directly from any phone in New Zealand on our free call number 0800 484 485. Dates: Daily Return point: Tour Returns to Downtown Ferry Terminal where your tour concludes at approximately 5:30pm

Start time

12:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

When your cruise ship docks in Auckland, you’re picked up at Prince's Wharf to start your half-day shore excursion to New Zealand’s west coast wineries. Hop inside a minivan and depart Auckland's city center and western suburbs for this North Island wine region. 

An informative guide escorts you to a large, established winery and a smaller boutique label, where you can taste a range of New Zealand varietals produced from grapes grown in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne all the way to the South Island’s Marlborough wine region and Central Otago. 

If you've selected a morning departure, you'll stop at a vista point overlooking the black sands of Muriwai Beach and the tranquil waters of the Tasman Sea. Follow your guide on a brief walk to Otakamiro Point, home to  the Takapu Refuge — New Zealand's northernmost gannet colony. Get an up-close look at these seabirds with wingspans up to 6 feet (2 meters). 

If you've chosen the afternoon tour option, you'll visit an additional winery instead.

Conclude your tour with a return trip to the Auckland port via the rugged Tasman coastline, arriving back at the waterfront in time to re-board your cruise ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Auckland Wine Tours - NZWINEPRO

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Muriwai Beach

Admission Ticket Free

Gannet Colony

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Alcohol may be supplied to minors only by their parents or legal guardians
  • For passengers ending their cruise in Auckland and have the day available for this tour option there is a secure luggage storage available on the wharf close to where your cruise ship will berth. Should luggage storage be required full details will be supplied at the time of your booking confirmation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

Traveler Tips

PS- we were just in city, not from a cruise so dont worry anyone can take this tour


7 reviews
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Enjoy the NZ Wineries
dmn, Mar 2020
Not only did we visit 4 wineries that were very different from each other, but had a wonderful lunch as well. The icing on the cake was going to the coast to see the gannet colony and the beach. A wonderful day!
Response from Host, Aug 2020
Thank you for your review and great to hear that you had a wonderful day, you enjoyed the wineries visit and the lunch provided. I hope you have the opportunity to visit New Zealand again.
Loved it! (Anyone can go dont have to be from a cruise)
Susan_A, Nov 2019
GREAT half day tour to the 'Napa Valley ' of Auckland! Guide & driver were great, nice comfy van , really nicely paced w/ a black sand beach stop on the Tasmanian sea (!) The 2 wineries were lovely, we are just casual wine drinkers & learned a lot about NZ wine, w/ no pressure to buy....highly recommded for all! PS- we were just in city, not from a cruise so dont worry anyone can take this tour
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review of our Auckland West Coast Winery Tour. I'm glad you had such a nice time with your guide and at the wineries. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to them. And yes, you are right! Though this tour is targeted towards cruise ship passengers, it is also available for independent travellers staying in Auckland and we are always happy to accomodate them! Thanks again for the great review and I hope you get to return to New Zealand again soon!
Great and beautiful wineries. Awesome...
James T, Mar 2018
Great and beautiful wineries. Awesome guide! Enjoyed the wines.
My friend and I were the only ones...
Tricia_B, Apr 2017
My friend and I were the only ones on this tour the day that we went. The weather was delightful and the wines were delicious. Everyone was very knowledgeable and engaging making the tour a very pleasant one. The countryside is beautiful and it was nice to get away from busy Auckland for a day. The visit to the Gannet colony was nice. The ocean views were amazing. Wear a hat and sun glasses! It isn't shady there at all. I have to say that New Zealand is just beautiful and if you get the chance to do this tour, you will not be disappointed.
This was a post cruise excursion to...
Samuel C, Mar 2017
This was a post cruise excursion to see sights outside of Auckland and visit wineries. John, our guide, was very friendly and informative. We first went to the northern coast to see the the Tasman Sea, the Muriwai black sand beach, and the Takapu gannet colony. John provided great commentary on what we were seeing. Then we were off to visit two wineries for tasting. John selected two excellent wineries and were received a broad selection of great local wines to taste.
Written instructions said be at...
Colin, Apr 2015
Written instructions said be at Hilton Hotel but the MPV was somewhere else. Hilton hotel assisted and tracked down Viators supplier who was Canterbury Leisure and they are then subcontracted to Auckland Wineries Tours. Eventually they found us. The tour felt 'rushed' but was never the less very pleasant and enjoyable
We took this tour because we were...
Kay D, Jan 2015
We took this tour because we were visiting Auckland for 1 day on a cruise and had limited time. John, our tour guide took us to wineries that matched our taste in wines. On the way we stopped to see a gannet colony which was a fascinating insight into these birds. This was a great tour and we highly recommend it.

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