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Itinerary
Morning Tour pickup 10.00am Ferry Building and 10.15am Sky City Hotel and Casino - Returns to CBD 1.20pm
Afternoon Tour pickup 1.30pm Sky City Hotel & Casino - Returns Sky City 4.30pm and Ferry building 4.45pm

Twice daily the Villa Maria Wine Tour & Airport Shuttle pickups up from the Ferry building downtown ( morning tour only ) and also Sky City Hotel and Casino for the morning and afternoon winery tour.

Gain an insight into the operations of a commercial wine making facility. See how the wine is made on a private guided tour through the vineyard and winery of Villa Maria Estate. This is the most awarded and largest privately owned wine company in New Zealand.

Their design award winning state of the art winery & vineyard park is nestled within the rim of an ancient volcano situated on the Ihimatao Peninsula close to Auckland International Airport.

You'll learn about New Zealand's most famous wine Maker Sir George Fistonich who started the business in 1961 when he was just 21 years old.
Go behind the scenes and see their giant tank farm and barrel room maturing their best Chardonnays and bigger red wines in 225 litre French barriques .

You'll see two fascinating short videos on the techniques and processes used and finally see their state of the art bottling line which can put out an incredible 12,500 bottles an hour
Finally enjoy a tutored tasting of 7 award winning wines with a Villa Maria Wine professional before the return trip to Auckland.

You can also be delivered with your luggage to Auckland International Airport at no additional cost. The perfect last thing to do in Auckland. If you would like a complimentary Airport Drop off, please indicate this when you book.
Locations visited
Villa Maria Auckland Winery
Cornwall Park
Parnell
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Overview
Discover some of the fine wines for which New Zealand is famous on this 3.5-hour winemaking experience from Auckland. Visit the lush vineyards of Villa Maria Estate Winery, nestled beneath a mighty volcano on the Ihimatao Peninsula. Explore the vineyards and winery with your guide, and learn of the different grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Gain insight into the workings of a modern winemaking estate and sample seven award-winning wines.
Highlights
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile
Great tour and great service

Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable in wine and great food in Auckland in general. He gave excellent restaurant recommendations and took time out of his day on the way back to Auckland to show us where the restaurants were. Was definitely one of...More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Hannah. Thanks for your great feedback. This is a new product I have just launched with Villa Maria Estate and it's proving popular already. I always try to add some value where time allows and that day it was great to show some places...More

Reviewed 14 May 2018
A beautiful day

This was our very first tour for our trip and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. John arrived to our hotel on time and was warm and welcoming from the very start. He guided us through Cornwall Park and to the top of...More

Thank teaganlatt
John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Hi Tegan, Thanks so much for your great review of the Villa Maria Wine Makers Experience. I'm glad you were able to visit Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill, which is a gem in Auckland's crow. I hope you'll follow nzwinepro on Facebook, Twitter or...More

Reviewed 9 May 2018
Tour of winery and park

OUtstanding experience. Sunday was our last day of our trip and we had all day before our plan left. What a great way to spend it. First John took us to on a ride through some interesting neighborhoods and to a park overlooking the city....More

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John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Hi Karen, Thanks for your fantastic review. I'm really pleased you enjoyed The Villa Maria Wine Makers Experience tour. It's always a pleasure to showcase the best winery and vineyard park in Auckland. I hope you'll stay connected by following us on Facebook, Twitter or...More

Reviewed 26 April 2018
A truly wonderful experience indeed

This tour was a last minute addition on my trip to Auckland. Call it a lack of organization or bad planning on my part, but I didn't call to book my trip until the day of the tour. Despite that, John arrived at the hotel...More

Thank SamsonL165
John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2018

Hi Samson, Thanks for your great review. I'm glad I was able to get you to Villa Maria Estate and then to the Airport. Thanks for following NZWINEPRO on Instagram as well. I post things on Facebook too so you can stay connected there as...More

Reviewed 12 December 2017
Highly recommended tour of Auckland and it's wineries

A must do tour in Auckland to introduce you to the sights of the city that are otherwise difficult to access without your own transport (One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park for example), or foolhardy to try on a self-drive. (Three wineries)! We were picked...More

Thank Angela M
John M, Owner at NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Hi Angela, Thanks so much for your fantastic review. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the Villa Maria Estate Scenic Vineyard Odyssey. I am always awed by the achievement of Sir John Logan Campbell and his beautiful Farm Cornwall Park. Many people like you are excited...More

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