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How to Experience New Zealand Wine Harvest Season in Auckland

How to Experience New Zealand Wine Harvest Season in Auckland

Auckland is near many award-winning wineries and boutique winemakers in the North Island. One of the most popular stops is Waiheke Island on the Hauraki Gulf, but there are plenty of other destinations including the Kumeu wine region. Here's what you need to know about how best to experience New Zealand wine harvest season.

When to Go

As seasons in the Southern Hemisphere run opposite to those in the north, wine grape harvesting typically takes place between February and April. The harvest itself lasts only a few months, but Auckland's temperate climate means it's well-suited for wine tasting year-round. Wine tours within the city can take up an afternoon, but day trips to the nearby wine country—including Matua Valley, Henderson Valley, Matakana, and Muriwai—are ideal.

How to Go

Tours often cater to small groups and include premium tastings at several boutique wineries such as Mudbrick on Waiheke. Travel to the island of Waiheke, distinguished by spectacular harbor views and gourmet food pairings, by ferry or seaplane. Wine estates dot the west coast enclave of Muriwai near its namesake beach, while Matakana is a coastal getaway north of Auckland. Varietals such as pinot gris, gewürztraminer, and pinot noir are popular mainstays at the Kumeu River Winery. In addition to sipping vintages during a guided tour, you’ll benefit from local knowledge about wine production.

Things to Know

  • Most wine regions around Auckland are located within easy reach, from 12–45 miles (20–70 kilometers) away.
  • Guided tours typically provide round-trip hotel transport, allowing you to consume alcohol safely and without the worry of navigating city or highway traffic.
  • Select tours include lunch or a gourmet platter sourced from artisan food producers. 
  • Depending on the winery you choose, you may taste pinot gris, gewürztraminer, pinot noir, syrah, chardonnay, rose, sauvignon blanc, riesling, and malbec on a tour.
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Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Explore Waiheke Island at your own pace, with all-day tickets for a hop-on, hop-off island explorer bus. Plan the perfect day with help from the onboard host, then see the things that interest you most, choosing from 8 stops near vineyards, galleries, beaches, and trailheads. This full-day Waiheke Island experience offers a personalized combination of nature, culture, and food, and departs from Matiatia every 30 minutes throughout the day.
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  • 6 hours
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$34.52
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$34.52

East Coast 'Matakana' Wine Tasting Day Tour from Auckland

East Coast 'Matakana' Wine Tasting Day Tour from Auckland

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Enjoy wine-tasting in the beautiful Matakana area, just north of Auckland, without having to worry about who will be designated driver—everyone in your party can try some wine. You’ll visit three boutique, family-run wineries that specialize mainly in red wines. Have a delicious lunch at one of the wineries. Make several side-trips throughout the day, such as to a beach, a cheese maker, ancient trees, and more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.68
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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

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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.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.65
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Coast to Coast Auckland Wine Tasting Day Tour

Coast to Coast Auckland Wine Tasting Day Tour

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See the sights and savor the tastes of rural Northern Auckland on this full day tasting tour. Instead of going to a preselected set of wineries that might not be to your taste, enjoy an itinerary customized to you. Go behind the scenes at some of the region’s family-owned wineries and discover their winemaking secrets. In between the vineyards, drive through the dense forests and sprawling farmland of Northern Auckland, stopping for photos at black-sand Muriwai beach and Takapu gannet colony.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.68
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Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

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Black sands, native wildlife, and award-winning wine awaits you on this tour of Auckland’s wild west coast. Following pickup from your central hotel, you’ll travel to Muriwai, a coastal enclave whose windswept beach and waves draw surfers and visitors from miles around. Stroll the beach and visit the cliff-top gannet colony, then continue to a nearby wine estate, where you’ll taste a selection of local varietals and blends.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour

Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour

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Discover the wines of Waiheke on a day trip from Auckland with a small-group tour that visits boutique vineyards. It’s easy to hop a morning ferry and cross the Hauraki Gulf for the short ride to the island. Your guide meets you upon arrival and shares lively commentary as you head to local vineyards for tastings. Afterward, transfers to your lunch venue of choice and the return ferry are provided.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Waterfalls & Wines sightseeing & wine tasting combination day tour

Waterfalls & Wines sightseeing & wine tasting combination day tour

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Experience a combination of activities in Auckland on this guided all-day tour. First, head to the Waitakere Ranges and visit the black sands of Karekare Beach and two sets of waterfalls. Following lunch, stop at family-owned wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Lunch and wine tastings are included in the tour price.
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  • 7 hours
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$228.10
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Matakana Scenic Coastal Getaway from Auckland

Matakana Scenic Coastal Getaway from Auckland

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Escape the city and sample the local produce for which New Zealand’s North Island is famous on this 6.5-hour Matakana coastal getaway from Auckland. Travel with your guide through the seaside town of Orewa to the Waiwera Mineral Springs. Sample fine wines in local wineries and discover some of the grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Following a delicious lunch in an award-winning local restaurant, sample locally made organic ice cream and chocolate. Taste native Matakana honey and see the busy bees working in their wall hives.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.09
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Villa Maria Wine Tour and Airport Shuttle from Auckland

Villa Maria Wine Tour and Airport Shuttle from Auckland

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Discover some of the fine wines for which New Zealand is famous on this 3.5-hour winemaking experience from Auckland. Visit the lush vineyards of Villa Maria Estate Winery, nestled beneath a mighty volcano on the Ihimatao Peninsula. Explore the vineyards and winery with your guide, and learn of the different grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Gain insight into the workings of a modern winemaking estate and sample seven award-winning wines.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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$89.89
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Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland with afternoon wine tasting on this full-day excursion, including a winery lunch. Travel by minivan with a professional guide past significant landmarks, appreciate the views over Auckland Harbour, and enjoy a beach stroll. Then savor wine at three award-winning North Island wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure a memorable experience with like-minded wine lovers. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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Wineries Honey and Black Sand Beaches from Auckland

Wineries Honey and Black Sand Beaches from Auckland

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Discover the produce and panoramas for which New Zealand’s North Island is famous on this 5.5-hour winery and black-sand beach tour from Auckland. Visit the Kumeu River Winery with your guide and learn of New Zealand’s early winemaking pioneers. Sample award-winning wines made from pinot gris, gewürztraminer and pinot noir grape varietals at the Coopers Creek and Matua wineries. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Provenance Matua Valley eatery, and perhaps try local Manuka honey. Explore the black sands of Muriwai Beach where the west coast meets the Tasman Sea.
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  • 6 hours
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$186.26
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Fly & Dine - Wine Tasting Tour at Man O' War, Waiheke Island

Fly & Dine - Wine Tasting Tour at Man O' War, Waiheke Island

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See the spectacular geography of the North Island’s Hauraki Gulf from the air with a memorable seaplane tour to Waiheke Island. Fly over Rangitoto volcano, blue lakes, and secluded beches before a scenic landing in Man O’ War Bay, where you’ll step out for a gourmet lunch platter and wine tasting at an award-winning vineyard. Get ready for even more spectacular views on a different flight path back to Auckland Harbor.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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$491.43
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