Note: The best time to visit the gannet colony is during the breeding season, which runs from October – April when the gannets start to leave the sanctuary. Taken as an afternoon tour during late autumn, weather permitting, the setting sun provides a magnificient backdrop when viewed from one of the viewing platforms.
After leaving Muriwai, we return to Stateway Highway 16, and head back to Auckland. Time permitting, there is also the option for wine tasting at a premium vineyard enroute. To extend this tour to a full day enjoy lunch at The Hunting Lodge after departing Kumeu. The Hunting Lodge is a delightful 130 year old colonial cottage set amidst gardens and vineyards, overlooking the beautiful Waikoukou Valley. Your next destination is to the gannet colony as described above and then finally arrive at Herald Island for a twilight cruise on the 1936 Lady Gay in the upper reaches of Auckland Harbour. Spend this one hour cruise soaking in the scenery accompanied with champagne and canapés to conclude your day. Tour maybe run in reverse, depending on tides. Suitable for pre and post ship cruises.
Full day tour includes lunch, wine and canapes during twight cruise.
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