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“Fabulous tour with a true wine professional.”

NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours
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$93.12*
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Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland
Ranked #1 of 32 Food & Drink in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Fabulous tour with a true wine professional.”
Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

John is a true wine professional who throughout his career has built up knowledge and experience which he freely and passionately shares with his tour guests. Wonderful to have a tour where you get to visit family-run wineries which have built up over generations. The whole tour was relaxed and friendly with some great sightseeing thrown in. A tour for both the wine newby and seasoned aficionados.

Visited January 2014
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Thank Kirsten H
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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Hi Kirstin,

I really can't thank you enough for your wonderful review. It's nice when people appreciate the time I've put in over the years learning my trade. I'm the only wine tour operator in Auckland that spent years in the wine industry before I started my business, and that's why I'm treated with respect by all the vineyards and wineries I visit. I do my best to be a professional whilst also trying to educate and enlighten all levels of enthusiasts. I only visit places where there is a really story to tell and for me the history of wine and the individuals and families are very important. I'm pleased you enjoyed your tour and if you're back in NZ again, I'd be delighted to hear from you. I hope you'll like my NZWINEPRO Facebook page to stay in touch. All the best. John McFarlane
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Fantastic Day of Wine and Sightseeing”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

We had an amazing day on the Matakana Wine and Coastal Getaways scenic tour with John. My daughter and I were the only two guests on the tour, and we found John to be knowledgeable, charming, and really fun to be with. In addition to his wine expertise, we found that he gave us great insights into life in New Zealand and was also very interested in conversing about our lives in the U.S. We had personalized attention every step of the way, and the cost was well worth it.

Visited December 2013
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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Hi Hazel and Megan,
Thanks again for posting this great review and photos on Tripadvisor. I really had such a great time with you both, and it was a day I laughed a lot. Most people at the Kauri Park think that cartwheels stop the cart from dragging on the ground, but you redefined the entire concept Megan. That really was probably the most excitement that tree has had in 900 years! I hope you'll like my Facebook page and if you have feel free to post or say hi there. I'd love to hear from you . All the best and thanks for the excellent feedback, it really was a pleasure to spend the day with you in both in and around Matakana. Best regards John McFarlane
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Reservoir, Victoria, Australia
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“Must do tour”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

A relaxing, enjoyable day. John shared his knowledge of great wine and great food with us unreservedly. We were only a small group so we were able to make an unexpected stop at the hand-made chocolate shop. Thanks John for sharing some of your beautiful countryside with international guests.

Visited October 2013
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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Hi Marion,

Thanks so much for your super review. The Matakana Coastal Getaway Tour is very popular because of the inclusions over and above wine like the cheese, chocolate or Honey. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your experience and I'm very thankful you took the time to post your feedback for others to read. I hope you'll like the NZWINEPRO Facebook page to stay in touch. Best regards John McFarlane
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North Vancouver, Canada
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“Don't miss this experience!”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

This is a rather late review as we continued travelling after our day with John in October. Finally home and wanted to share our experience. We were 2 couples travelling on the Solstice and arranged well in advance to have a wine tour with John on our Auckland day. We are so glad we did! John included various other sites that we wanted to see along with the tour of various small wineries and a superb lunch at the Bees Honey Centre (can't remember the exact name). Highly recommend this tour! Our personal favourite, Kumeu River Wines--- Enjoy!

Visited October 2013
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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write your excellent review. I'm very happy you enjoyed your tour, attractions and the lunch venue. I also think Kumeu River Wines is my favourite because they are so authentic and have been making wine as a family for over 60 years. Their Chardonnays really are world class, and I'm very lucky to be able to show people through their facility to show how the wine is made. I hope the remainder of your cruise aboard the Solstace was enjoyable, everyone says great things about that ship!! All the best and I hope you'll like my NZWINEPRO Facebook page to stay in touch. Kindest regards John McFarlane
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“A great day out”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

John is enthusiastic and knowlegable as a guide, and was happy to adapt our itinerary to suit our preferences based on extensive experience in wine-associated industries. We had a great day, and while the tour may appear expensive, we felt it was great value.

Visited December 2013
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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Hi Martin,

Thanks for posting your excellent review so quickly. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you both. We were lucky with beautiful weather that day, a delicious lunch at Villa Maria Estate and great company. Thanks again for the generous tip, and I hope if you're back over the ditch that you'll hunt me down to go wine tasting another direction one day. I hope you'll like my NZWINEPRO Facebook page to stay in touch. Thanks again. All the best. John McFarlane
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