My wife and I have been on many tours and love to visit wineries. In Auckland and nearby Wiaheke Island, there is only one top guide to use - John McFarlane of NZ Wine Promoters.
We were in Auckland prior to a cruise and wanted to visit some wineries on Waiheke Island. John picked us, and another couple, up at our hotel, then drove us on a short sightseeing tour while headed to the ferry. He helped us understand more about NZ and began to customize our itinerary for the day as we crossed to Waiheke. We visited several top of the line wineries, having an excellent lunch at one. We continued to tour Waiheke and completing the day with the ferry back to Auckland. All tasting fees and lunch were included in the tour price. We had such a good time with John, that we called him early the next morning to see if he could squeeze in a tour of the Auckland area and drop us off at the cruise ship. He did and another wonderful day of sightseeing and tasting more wonderful NZ wines.
While what we saw, did and tasted were awesome - the highlight was John McFarlane. He is the most knowledgeable, personable and flexible guide possible! I strongly suggest you contact him when your plans call for Auckland and Wines.
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