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Waiheke Custom Wine Tours

Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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About Waiheke Custom Wine Tours
We offer private, customised wine tours of Waiheke Island, plus sightseeing and other activities along the way. Several tour options are available which include premium wine tasting at between 2 and 5 vineyard cellar doors of the customer's choice. Lunch can also be added at your cost. Geoff, who is the owner/tour guide, has been living on Waiheke Island for 20 years and has over 30 years of experience following the development of wine in New Zealand. If you need guidance he will also be able to help you plan your wine tasting trip to other parts of New Zealand.
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Sarah P wrote a review Mar 2020
16 contributions2 helpful votes
Fantastic day out, very well organised immaculately clean vehicle and very knowledgeable host! We tasted some great wines and enjoyed a lovely day out.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from geoffr169, Owner at Waiheke Custom Wine Tours
Responded Mar 5, 2020
Thanks Sarah - I really appreciate the review. It was lovely to have you join me on the tour and I hope that your cruise is going well.
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Cdn1_Traveller wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada152 contributions106 helpful votes
We were in Auckland before joining a cruise of New Zealand and Australia and were delighted when a local friend invited us to join this one day tour of 3 wineries and a wonderful restaurant on Waiheke Island. Our friend had engaged Geoff to meet us at the ferry and take us around the island. Geoff had a written itinerary when we arrived and went through it with us to make sure it worked for us. We all boarded the Mercedes mini van and off we went in ultimate comfort! Our first stop was the Mudbrick Winery which treated us not only to some great windless but to awesome views back to Auckland and the surrounding islands. It was truly breathtaking. From there we drove through the town and adjacent beach which gave a good insight into daily life on the island. The beaches are beautiful expanses if sandy shores and are not very crowded. Our next stop was Onsidian Winery which was a charming winery with some great wines (probably our favourites from the day). The staff were not 8nly knowledgeable but also very welcoming and friendly. It was nice to sit and have a chat along with some wine and cheese as we sipped our wine tastings. We purchased wine here as we can’t get them shipped home (Canada) but there is shipping to many other places. From here we saw some more sights and the went to Tantalus Restaurant for am amazing lunch! We sat outdoors on the covered patio and enjoyed fantastic food and wine. The restaurant was warmly decorated and clearly there was a lot of attention to detail. Service was outstanding. A thoroughly enjoyable lunch. Geoff then took us to a small family run sustainable winery called Awaroa. Was a nice change from the other spots and we appreciated the work the family was putting into establishing their business. We ran out of time for a visit to Rangihoua Olive Estate but we will have to visit when we next go. Geoff was extremely knowledgeable and provided insights into the island, wines, New Zealand and anything else we tapped into for conversation! The day was extremely well put together and Geoff made it the huge success it was. We enjoyed our time and feel like we have a new friend in Waiheke. This day was a highlight of our one month vacation - we highly recommend Geoff and a day at Waiheke (more time if you can spare it)! Thank you, Geoff. You got our vacation off to a great start!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from geoffr169, Owner at Waiheke Custom Wine Tours
Responded Mar 5, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review, especially after the time you would have spent on your cruise. I do remember the tour and really appreciated the invitation to join you for lunch which thoroughly enjoyed. All the best for your next adventure.
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rdubbs08 wrote a review Feb 2020
Edmond, Oklahoma5395 contributions438 helpful votes
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Having contacted Geoff a few months in advance of our trip, he was timely and detailed in reply. He confirmed he was able to accommodate our two small children (3 years old & 8 months old) on the private 3 cellar door tour - this combined with the fact that he was a personalized & private one person company sealed the deal for us. Payment was settled via PayPal a week or two prior to the tour and we were set! Booking and taking the ferry from Auckland to Waiheke (40 min ferry ride) was on us. Upon arrival in Waiheke, Geoff was standing at the Ferry terminal with our name on a sign, very easy to find! Waiting for us was a very clean and very nice Mercedes van, the perfect vehicle to spend the day checking out the island in. As confirmed, Geoff had car seats for both boys. Prior to starting off on the day, Geoff had printed itineraries for each of us and spent time reviewing with us to ensure we did not have any requested changes. From there we were off - the first hour was spent on a bit of sightseeing. Geoff showed us several of the beaches and provided very interesting insight/history into Waiheke Island. After the overview of Waiheke we headed to Honey House Cafe, a quaint & relatively new place where honey & olive oils are available for tasting. This was free and fun! From there we hit our first vineyard, Te Motu. It is the third oldest wine producer on the island and did not disappoint! Second was Awaroa, a small organic vineyard with a fun tasting and good wine. Lunch was next, at the Passage Rock Restaurant. We had an excellent pizza and small plate, along with a surprise tasting! The perfect stop. Our last vineyard visit on the 3 cellar door tour was Obsidian, a boutique vineyard with great wine and a fun team. Overall, we could not have had a better day - it was FANTASTIC. We were very pleased with Geoff, his van and the itinerary he built for us. If you are looking for a bespoke, private tour for your time on Waiheke, you CANNOT go wrong engaging Waiheke Custom Wine Tours. Geoff will take very good care of you & your group!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from geoffr169, Owner at Waiheke Custom Wine Tours
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Thanks for the great review. I really enjoyed having you and the family on the tour with me. All the very best on your next adventure!
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MsSommelier wrote a review Feb 2020
Germany179 contributions73 helpful votes
We had a cruise ship stop at Waiheke and I wanted a private tour to get the most out of tasting opportunities during our time there. I evaluated several options and chose Geoff - and am really glad I did. We did 4 cellar doors and lunch at The Shed (we had asked for a quicker, more casual lunch so we could fit in another tasting). Geoff was very communicative and responsive during the process of deciding which wineries we would visit, emailing detailed information and suggestions, based on my feedback. The day of our visit, he was very prompt, meeting us at the tender dock right on time and away we went. We got a very nice island tour as a bonus :-) Geoff is a very knowledgeable guy and does lots of tasting, including judging, so he can really guide you to find the wines and wineries you would like. He also has a lot of connections with the wine community after so many years on Waiheke, so he can leverage that to get appointments. Waiheke Island is a beautiful place with lots of choices for wine tasting and lunch. Let Geoff guide you and enjoy. Just sorry we couldn't spend more time there!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from geoffr169, Owner at Waiheke Custom Wine Tours
Responded Feb 16, 2020
Thanks Debra for the lovely review. It was a real pleasure to meet you both and I learned a lot from you about some of the wonderful wines that you have tasted as well. I just need to correct something you wrote in case other people get the wrong idea. I attended a Wine Judge Assessment many years ago but did not actually get selected to be a Wine Judge. As it turned out I am quite happy about that - it's much more fun just tasting and enjoying wine instead!
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CherryF359 wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia29 contributions24 helpful votes
We had a wonderful day with Geoff on Waiheke doing an olive oil tasting and 3 wine tastings followed by an excellent lunch at Tantalus. Geoff could not have been more accommodating or knowledgeable about the island. For various reasons we had to get the 830am ferry from Auckland, Geoff met us on arrival with all our international luggage, then took us to a lovely water view cafe for coffee before starting the tour. After lunch Geoff even stopped at the supermarket so I could get some basic self catering provisions before finally delivering us to our accommodation with all our luggage! Instead of a totally wasted travelling day we had an excellent Waiheke wine tasting experience day. Thanks Geoff!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from geoffr169, Owner at Waiheke Custom Wine Tours
Responded Feb 9, 2020
Clare it was great to spend the day with you and Ian and I am pleased that you had a great time. Geoff
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