Local Connections: Auckland Wine Trail & Tastings

4 hours | Auckland | A K L - 3 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Auckland City and Surrounds
  • New Zeland Culinary Experience
  • North Shore
Includes snack, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:

Soljans Winery
Few wineries in New Zealand can claim to have a prouder winemaking heritage than Soljans Estate Wines, family-owned for three generations with over 70 years of wine-making experience. Mediterranean-style décor welcomes visitors, and the local, knowledgeable staff is happy to share the story of how this family, originally from Croatia, became one of New Zealand's premier wine producers. The vineyard tour includes views of the family's estate and the cellars. A tasting of some of their award-winning wines, such as Pinot Gris, Merlot and Tawny Port, completes the experience.

Hunting Lodge Winery
Nestled in the picturesque, rolling hills of Waimauku, the 80-acre estate of Hunting Lodge Winery is surrounded by beautiful gardens, vineyards and olive groves. It is here that the very first Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand was planted, and today the label produces a top-class Sauvignon Blanc as well as other award-winning wines. Seasonal wines available from the cellar are accompanied by a food pairing in this beautiful setting.

What you will see along the way:
Venture out to the tranquil, pastoral landscapes of the Kumeu River Valley and Auckland's wine country. Just 30 minutes or so from the center of Auckland, the area boasts one of New Zealand's oldest and most fertile wine regions, first planted in the early 1900s by Lebanese, English and Croatian winemakers drawn to volcanic, clay-rich soils and a favorable maritime climate. Producing a variety of both red and white grapes, the region has developed into a robust, boutique, wine-producing region.

Tasting:
Sip and savor both local wines and regional nibbles on this delightful day that includes a tasting session at each winery.

Shopping:
Your favorite bottle will be found in the on-site gift shops, a lovely memento of the day to take home and enjoy.

Special Notes:

Guests must be 18 and over to participate in wine tasting. Wineries may be substituted during periods of unavalability. Wines are available for purchase at all wineries. Bring cash or credit cards for additional purchases; wine purchased ashore will be will be collected at the gangway for safe keeping and will be returned to you on the last day of your cruise.

It is recommended to have a meal prior to departing on this tour.

Child Price:

12 years and under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a wine tasting & Tour at Soljans Estate Winery

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Wine & Cheese Pairing at Hunting Lodge winery

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:25
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
20
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30