One of New Zealand’s leading wineries and is privately owned by the Brajkovich family their Burgundy influenced style of Chardonnay’s is their most recognised and acclaimed wine. Their grapes are harvested by hand and fermentation is in a blend of old and new French oak barrels are an integral part of their wine making process.
After your wine tasting the tour will continue onto the wild West Coast for impressive views of the black sand beaches, and gannet colony on Moututara Island at Muriwai, looking out to the Tasman Sea. Approximately 1,200 pairs of gannets nest here from August to March and white-fronted terns can also be seen.
After this scenic and nature visit we will drive back towards Kumeu for a visit another of the areas boutique vineyards wineries, for private wine tasting with the vintner of in Waimauku where the winery owner will be your host.
The family owned boutique winery that combines traditional winemaking methods complimented by modern winemaking technology. Westbrook has earned many accolades, a host of Gold Medals and Trophies for its outstanding wines by respecting traditions, creating new ones, and producing adventuresome wine styles that show the full potential and diversity of New Zealand’s growing regions and varietals.
Depart from Waimauku for a scenic drive up to the Kaipara Harbour on the West Coast, then inland and across to the township of Warkworth. Your tour continues onto the nearby famed Brick Bay Vineyard, Café and Sculpture Trail located close to Snells Beach. This is a unique outdoor gallery where contemporary sculptures by established and emerging artists are beautifully showcased.
Arriving at Brick Bay, at the gateway to the sculpture trail we will relax and view some of the sculptures from their spectacular Glass House Café, enjoy a seasonal food, with an option of tasting Brick Bay’s boutique wines, and a coffee.
After leaving Brick Bay we will commence our journey back to Auckland driving back through Warkworth where on the outskirts of the town you will visit a Kauri Park and see magnificent ancient Kauri’s, two nearly 1000 years old. Continuing on down to Auckland, enroute off the main highway we will visit the historic village of Puhoi with its quaint colonial buildings. Puhoi is one of only two truly ethnic settlements in New Zealand and was settled in 1863 by Bohemian migrants. The rustic Puhoi Hotel, one of the first Hotels in New Zealand to be granted a licence to serve and sell liquor, displays on its walls many memorabilia and photos donated by customers that are reminders of the history of the settlers and visitors.
Depart Puhoi for a scenic journey back via the East Coast to Auckland over the harbour bridge and into the viaduct area of downtown Auckland arriving late afternoon.
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.
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