Piha Waitakere Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand
  • 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 more wine tastings.
  • Full-day tour of West Auckland, led by a guide
  • Visit the Waitakere Ranges on Auckland’s rugged west coast
  • Take in rain forest views from the Arataki visitor center and visit the Karekare waterfalls
  • Explore the vast, black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare
  • Savor an included lunch served with tea or coffee at a local cafe
  • Sample New Zealand wine at Babich Wines, West Brook Wines and Kumeu River Wines

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Lunch
  • Wine-tastings
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Infant seats for children under seven years of age

Meeting And Pickup

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

Meeting point

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

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

All clients must meet the tour at either M Social Hotel< quay Street at 9.00 am or Sky City Hotel and Casino at 9.15 am by the entrance opposite the Sky Tower in the drive-through between Victoria Street West and Federal Street. All vehicles operating this tour are silver and clearly marked NZWINEPRO™

What To Expect

Following pickup from your central Auckland accommodation, 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 into 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, head to Karekare beach, which was featured 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 journey through forest and farmland 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.

Piha Beach

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Karekare Falls

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Soljans Estate Winery

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Westbrook Winery

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

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
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with two paying adults
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of two people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Traveler Tips

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves wine and is looking to get outside of the city for a day!


112 reviews
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Excellent Tour
Gregory_R, Mar 2023
Great tour. The tour operator is awesome. Very informative about POI's along the route. Plenty of time at various stops to enjoy the areas. The vineyards picked for this excursion were all great. I even ended up sending a case of wine home from one of the vineyards.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi Greg, I'm so happy you enjoyed the Piha and Karekare tour while it was operating. You would have been one of the last to visit before access was closed to the public. It's a special place and I'm so happy you could enjoy it Best regards - John McFarlane
Great Tour;Highly recommend!
DennisR_B, Feb 2023
Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic!😊 We enjoyed the wine tasting, lunch was amazing and really enjoyed the waterfall walk.
My favourite tour
Hasana_B, Feb 2023
I had the most amazing time. John was extremely friendly and has a sponge of a brain when it comes to facts and information. He was an amazing tour guide and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Auckland. It was amazing to see the west coast and waterfall at the start of the day before eating a lovely lunch. Each vineyard we visited had a totally different and unique set up making each exciting in their own way. Arguable the best tour I have done in.
Superb guide and experience
Yvonne_H, Feb 2023
John is the most incredible tour guide. He is organized, on time, incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and answered every question. I highly recommend this tour and John specifically. He made a long day a pure pleasure. Lunch was superb (red snapper), wine tastings were fun, and the scenery was breathtaking. He even added a gannet colony stop that wasn’t originally included, and let us know of the extra time this would take, in advance. He accommodated my potential motion sickness with a seat up front, and it made a difference- the roads we traveled were winding and hilly. The van he used can take up to 11 guests. Loved this tour - so glad we booked it - sometimes you don’t know until you’re on it if it will live up to your expectations, and this one exceeded ours.
Phia Beach, Karekare and wineries and lunch!
Diane_D, Feb 2023
Phia Beach was beautiful and serene! Rainforest and waterfalls were awesome choice for lunch and wineries. John is passionate about his country and we learned so much history.
Beautiful Wine Day at Piha and Karekare Rainforest
Jeffrey_R, Feb 2023
This tour is a must. John, our guide, was perfect. He was knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. Not only did we experience interesting and delightful wines (and a tasty lunch), but we also saw beautiful coastal panoramic views, waterfalls and much more. I highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Jeff, Thanks so much for your excellent review. I'm so happy you enjoyed your tour. I hope you'll follow us on Facebook and Instagram All the best John McFarlane
Beautiful tour to appreciate the wonders of New Zealand - and the wine!
Darcy_I, Feb 2023
What a fantastic day! John is a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable about the nature and landscape and history and culture of New Zealand. Also curated excellent wine tasting stops during the day and a lovely lunch! I highly recommend.
John gets 5 star rating
Phyllis_L, Jan 2023
This was an excellent day. John is charismatic, interested in his guests and a delightful teacher of all things New Zealand. The stops at Piha beach and Karekare provided vistas and a few beach walks. Worth the trek to the waterfall in Karekare. Onto the wineries. All different and good fun. Our lunch at Soljans was suptious. Fresh fish and vegetables, that is unexpected in wine tour stops.. John is the reason this tour is successful. He is interested in wines and his country and sharing.
Don’t miss this tour!
Gloria_M, Jan 2023
Piha was lovely and Karekare Rainforest was breathtaking especially the waterfall. John was incredibly knowledgeable about wine and the vineyards visited were unique. The wine was luscious! Highly recommend this tour. John is a pro!
Great and informative day
Rick_T, Jan 2023
John was a great tour guide, informative, friendly and very knowledgeable. Day was a good mixture of stunning locations, scenery and beautiful wines. John was extremely knowledgeable about wine and the wineries in the area taking us on amazing behind the scenes tour. Highly recommend.
Experienced and knowledgeable
Mark_B, Jan 2023
You would be very hard pressed to find a more experienced and knowledgeable tour guide than John. There was no question he wasn’t able to answer, and he did an excellent job of mixing things up to provide as much value as possible on a very rainy day
The best wine tour!
Emma_C, Jan 2023
Our tour guide, John, was absolutely phenomenal. He was so knowledgeable, friendly, and fun to listen to. The wineries we visited allowed us to sample a wide variety of wines, all of which were spectacular. We didn't have the best weather on the day of our tour, so John was nice enough to move our schedule around to do some sight seeing later in the day vs. in the morning - it gave the weather time to clear up so we could get some better views! I 100% would recommend this tour to anyone and would love to do it again the next time we visit NZ! Thank you, John!
Great tour
Christopher_V, Jan 2023
Great tour. John McFarlane was a great guide. Wonders of Phia and Karekare revealed. Great introduction to New Zealand and people. Definite Aplus experience.
Great day to see sights outside Auckland
Deborah_B, Jan 2023
This was an amazing day. The black beaches were beautiful as was the entire coast. I believe our guide was Tony. He gave such wonderful information about the small town and places along the way. The wine tasting was amazing. He was so knowledgeable and I learned a lot as he and the winery personnel shared their views and information. He took us to a Gannet colony since we were near there. Wow!!! Great day. Highly recommend for so many reasons!!
Excellent tour with Guide...
Nitin_N, Dec 2022
Excellent tour with Guide John was very informative and gave detailed history of each place visited.
Don't hesitate, just book it
Amanda_M, Dec 2022
John was the best tour guide I've had in a while. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about everything he showed us. We visited Piha Beach and Karen are waterfall first. John drove some very curvy, very narrow roads very well. I wouldn't have wanted to drive it myself. It was great to just sit back and enjoy. He imparted a lot of information along the way. We then stopped at our first Winery. A lovely family owned Winery and the man who performed our tasting was the owners grandson. Great to talk to. We then had a lovely, albeit slightly hot, lunch outside. John asked us if we'd like to skip the next Winery and go to see the Gannett colony (not part of the tour). We said YES and we're delighted with this stop. An amazing amount of Gannetts, many babies too, all resting on the rocks overlooking the ocean. Really special. And lastly we hit one more smaller Winery and had a tasting with another knowledgeable server. Absolutely delightful day and John's precision in executing a plan, but also being flexible, was well worth our time. Thank you!
Pair nature with wine to delight the senses
Kavita_G, Dec 2022
This is definitely one of the best tours to do in Auckland if you would like a mix of activities such as a bit of hiking, a bit of beach and some great wine. John is an excellent tour guide: giving clear instructions to an excellent pick-up. He took the time to learn our names and find out about where we all were from. We also had a chance to gradually mingle with all the travellers. At the end, John was kind enough to drop us back to our stay. Thanks to this tour: we got to see scenic views of Piha beach and up a track to see great views of the beach and the rock formation (you see a king, surprise!). We ventured into a rainforest to see a waterfall. As COVID is still looming, he made alternate arrangements to have us at an excellent cafe. Great food! If there were any issues, the staff and John were on hand to support. We ventured to the three vineyards: where we learnt about the different wines they produced, their history and the differences between them. As someone who does not know much about wine and wine-making, he definitely provided lots of information on the subject. Meeting some of the owners of the vineyard definitely added a personal touch to this adventure. In the end, we also got a taster of Manuka Honey. It was an absolutely fun, knowledgeable and well-planned tour. Thanks John for a delightful tour!
Astounding beauty, incredible information, and delicious wine
David_C, Dec 2022
This experience was amazing. Beautiful views, delicious wine, and good conversation. Our tour guide, John, was a treasure trove of knowledge of all things New Zealand and wine. We really couldn't have asked for a better day
A must do in NZ
Janice_L, Dec 2022
Pihu Beach was beautiful, and John was very knowledgeable and friendly. Winery tours were fantastic!
One great day
Robert_E, Dec 2022
Nothing but good things to say about John and the tour. The guy knows a lot and I felt like I could ask him about lots of unrelated topics, like what was the current situation in Christchurch and whether New Zealand would stick with the monarchy now that Chuck III is on the throne. He really knows his wine, has been all over the world with it so he seemed very qualified to give the tour. Very much recommend the this outing.