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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

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Discover the famous wineries and top natural attractions of New Zealand’s North Island on this 7.5-hour Piha and Karekare rainforest tour from Auckland. Travel through the Henderson Valley to Babich Wines, Kumeu River Wines, and West Brook Wines with a guide and sample the chardonnay, pinot gris, and pinot noir wines in production. Admire panoramic rainforest views at the Arataki visitors’ center, and discover natural sites of interest including Piha beach and the Karekare waterfalls. This tour includes lunch and round-trip travel from your Auckland hotel.
  • Three guided wine tastings in the Henderson Valley, Ararimu Valley, and Kumeu
  • Spectacular views of the Waitakere Ranges and West Coast beaches
  • Great value: hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transport included
  • Personalized experience: small group of up to 11 people
What to Expect
After pickup from your Auckland hotel, leave the city and head south along the West Coast in an air-conditioned minivan. The first stop of the day is Babich Wines, a family-run winery in the Henderson Valley, where you can sample wines grown in the valley, as well as from the Babich vineyards of Hawkes Bay and Marlborough.

Next, visit the Arataki Visitor Centre in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, where you can learn more about the region’s geology, wildlife, and Maori heritage. Continue to Piha Beach and Karekare beach, both known for their black volcanic sands, and take a short hike to see the beautiful Karekare Waterfalls.

After lunch at a local café, spend the afternoon wine tasting, with visits to West Brook Wine in the Ararimu Valley and Kumeu River Wines along the Kumeu Wine Trail, which is famous for its chardonnay.

Finally, return to Auckland, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went on the tour yesterday with John. We had a wonderful time. On a Monday in the winter it was just the two of us. John is so passionate about NZ and wine - it was great to learn more about...More

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nzwinebug, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Katheryn ad Craig, I had such a great day with you both. Thanks for writing your fantatsic review of the Piha Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour. I'm so happy you enjoyed your wine and scenic tour excursion from Auckland with NZWINEPRO™ Piha is such a...More

Reviewed 29 June 2019

John has worked very hard to start and run this tour business out of the passions he has for NZ wine! He's got personal relationships with the wineries and has lots of information on the sights to take you to. The wine was amazing and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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NZWINEPRO, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2019

Hi Holly, I had the best day with you and I'm really pleased the tour worked for you. Given you were straight off a flight from Colorado you took in a lot in the time we had and were fully up for the challenge of...More

Reviewed 25 May 2019 via mobile

My friend and I spent 5 days in New Zealand, and the day we spent on the wine tour was easily each our favorite day. If you are in Auckland, you HAVE to choose a wine tour with John. He knows all the best places...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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NZWINEPRO, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2019

Thanks for your great review. I'm so happy I could make the day we spent together the best one for you while you were in Auckland. The Piha Karekare Rainforest Tour is very popular and I'm really pleased it also met with your best expectation....More

Reviewed 25 April 2019

From start to finish this tour was incredible. John our tour guide went above and beyond to make this tour a great one. The car we took was very nice and clean. The conversation and knowledge of New Zealand from John was so interesting to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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NZWINEPRO, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2019

Wow, what an incredible title and compliment. It makes me so happy to ready your review and I'm delighted you found it met your very best expectation. Where possible, and within the restraints of traffic, I try my best to accommodate small requests that sometimes...More

Reviewed 28 March 2019 via mobile

Highly recommend the tour and John the Tour guide/owner. So knowledgeable and friendly. Toured and sampled wines from 3 wineries saw epic beauty of the Tasmin Sea, saw the rainforest and waterfall, fantastic menu for lunch, and John is so friendly.More

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NZWINEPRO, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2019

Hi Nickie, Thanks for your positive feedback. I'm so happy you enjoyed the Piha Karekare Rainforest Wine tour and that inclusions, wine, lunch and scenery met with your total approval. I do hope you'll like the NZWINEPRO™ Facebook page to stay in touch, or you...More

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7 May 2019|
Response from SuzyW2008 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure John could adapt it. Might skip the waterfall.
Bethany M
7 December 2018|
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Response from cclgbc | Reviewed this property |
We were there in Oct and it was way too cold for that. The ocean will always be too cold in that area. The water falls might be OK at least to wade in. Doubt you would want to stay long. It is not the tropics.
3 November 2018|
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Response from GArtemis920 |
No response from John so no tour for a solo traveler. No worries, I'm spending 3 weeks in NZ - that I'm not welcome on John's tours won't ruin my trip!
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