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NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours

417A Tamaki Drive, Auckland Central 1740, New Zealand
+64 9 5751958
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Tours
Owner description: NZWINEPRO™ are wine industry professionals offering personal wine making tours and scenic adventures for discerning enthusiasts. Owner & guide John... more » Owner description: NZWINEPRO™ are wine industry professionals offering personal wine making tours and scenic adventures for discerning enthusiasts. Owner & guide John McFarlane is a fifth generation New Zealander and has worked in hospitality and tourism for over 27 years. With 15 years experience working directly in the industry, you'll be guided beyond the cellar door with morning and afternoon options, stunning wines to taste, magnificent coastal scenery/regional parks, honey producers, cheese factory tastings, olive oils and delicious New Zealand cuisine. See how wine is made with private guided behind the scenes winemaking facility tours at Villa Maria Estate or Kumeu River Wines. Door to door service to Auckland's very best wineries and vineyards. Destinations include Kumeu, Huapai, Waimauku, Muriwai, Piha, Matakana, & Waiheke Island. « less
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We were gifted a wine tour for a special event so duly turned up with few expectations. John is highly professional, certainly knows his stuff and knows how to ensure his guests enjoy themselves.Suffice to say it was truly excellent. Totally better experience than turning up yourself to the wineyards as the service was smooth and special.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

On a cloudy, wet holiday in auckland I booked one day in advance & selected the wine tour & black sand beach visit. John was an excellent host & introduced me to several great wineries, an off-the-charts delicious restsurant, Provenance, and a beautiful visit to the beach. He's knowledgable, professional and entertaining! Highly recommend it!

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Hi Camille, Thanky ou for your lovely great review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day out. The weather was a challenge but it only made for a dramatic West Coast scene. I hope the wine you bought made it back to Luxembourg and that you'll be able to enjoy a few glasses with friends there. I hope you'll like... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Before the tour the even started we were impressed as John came and met us when we had gotten lost attempting to get to the meeting location. As the day progressed so did our satisfaction with the tour. not only did John do a fantastic job of educating us on the New Zealand wine industry, but he did a great... More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Hi Darren and Samantha, What a pleasure it was to spend the day with you both. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your tour. It really wasn't a bother to pick you up as Takapuna was on the way to where we were going. Matakana really is a very picturesque region and it was great we got such a nice day.... More

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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

John was fantastic. He is not just a tour guide, but he has actually worked in the wine business, which gave him a wealth of knowledge. We toured several fantastic wineries, had a private tour through the barrel/wine-making rooms of one of the wineries, and had an excellent lunch. In between wineries he did a very good job of teaching... More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Hi Jeremy, Thanks for taking the time to write your kind review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your tour and that it met your best expectation. The time of the year you visited is the best because it is vintage and some of the grapes are being harvested whilst others are already fermenting which I'm glad you got to see.... More

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

It was a wonderful Getaway! Every thing was so perfectly planned. The beautiful wineries, delicate food, remarkable local attractions and even the traffic! Me and my group enjoyed ourselves so much. John did so well in showing us the winery with his excellent knowledge in wine industry. The tour is amazing! I am happy to recommed NZWINEPRO to every one!

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Hi Irene, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your excellent review. It was a real pleasure to spend the day with you and your friends. The West Coast Beaches and East Coast Bays Tour is a great way to see a lot of beautiful countryside and coastal areas whilst taking in some excellent wine, food, honey,... More

Auckland Central, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Just stepped of the bus after a magnificent day with John of NZWINEPRO tours. We did the Matakana Coastal Getaway and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It is obvious John is highly knowledgeable of the wine industry and local area and he appears well respected by the wineries we visited. We have no hesitation in recommending NZWINEPRO to anyone looking for a... More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Hi Shaun, Thanks for posting your great review so quickly. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your tour. It was a fun group and everyone got on famously. Matakana really is a great destination and you visited it at the right time of the year. After Easter most places there will gear down for winter. I hope you stay in touch.... More

Omaha, Nebraska
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54 reviews 54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

With comparison to wine tours in Chile, Tuscany, Napa, and elsewhere I can say most assuredly this was the most enjoyable, Four interesting wineries, stops at scenic overlook points, a delicious lunch, honey tasting, chocolate and candy tasting, and an ice cream treat to end the day, every stop was perfectly planned. Our lunch spot was also a real treat.... More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Hi Kathryn, thank you for your Stella endorsement. I'm pleased you enjoyed your West Coast Beaches and East Coast Bays Tour. It was a cozy small group. It really is a great compliment you pay me given your extensive international travel. I do what I do from the heart, and I like to travel to further my knowledge not just... More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

What can I say but what a great day this was for us. Great company, excellent win e, cheese , chocolate, and delightful honey to top it off! John is amazing and keeps the winery tour fun . Beautiful wineries were seen and delicious food at plume. We loved it this and thankful we went with johns tour. He is... More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Hi Runnerchick, thanks for your great review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day with all its inclusions. I love my job, how could I not. It's a pleasure to spend the day with friends from overseas who are sampling a whole lot of delicious and interesting things. I'm glad I was able to provide you with a nice outing... More

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We took NZWINEPRO tour for the Matakana Coastal Getaway. It was awesome!! John was very knowledgeable on the regions, history, foods, wines & the wine making process. He was filled with fun facts. We went to 4 different wineries, sampled, and bought some wine. The lunch @ Plume was to die for!! TRY the local lamb special~ John's charming outlook... More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your amazing endorsement. I'm so happy you both enjoyed your tour. Matakana is a lovely area with cheese, and honey and wine and the scenery is really beautiful. I'm glad you appreciate the quality of the vehicles I use, which are both modern and comfortable. My vehicles are approved by Qualmark, the quality assurance guarantee of Tourism New... More

La Veta
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Today we 4 took a tour with John in his Wine Pro shuttle (very nice) to several wineries, a cheese factory and a honey producing shop. The area was called the Matakana Coastal Getaway tour and it was fabulous. We tasted some really terrific wines in 4 different areas, visited the historic Kauri Tree, tasted some different honey's at the... More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your excellent review. The Matakana Coastal Getaway Tour this year has been one of the most popular tours. There are quite a lot of other attractions in the area which people from overseas find very interesting. Plume has been a very consistent restaurant and I thoroughly enjoy taking clients there... More

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