Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert

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Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert
from USD $152.71
Taste the best of Auckland on a food tour with an expert guide who dishes on the city's freshest produce, wine, and seafood, among other tasty treats, during a 4-hour tour. Travel by minivan throughout the city to visit the Auckland Fish Market and drive to landmarks including Mt Eden, Ponsonby Road and the Auckland Domain. Visit a farmers' market as well as other artisan producers who provide samples of the delectable goods they make. Enjoy a wine tasting and light lunch with your companions on this small-group tour limited to 6 people.
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In Brief

Auckland Central, New Zealand
New Zealand
4 hours
Important InfoInfo
After morning pickup at your hotel or the Auckland Fish Market, travel by comfortable minivan with a food-loving guide who provides an insider’s tour of Auckland’s fabulous food scene. Rich soil and a temperate climate means that Auckland gets a variety of fresh locally grown produce all year long. Superb wine regions and talented artisan producers are located nearby, contributing to the wealth of epicurean delights to discover in the city.

Your knowledgeable guide will take you to a farmers' market where you meet local food producers and taste their delicious produce, jams, sauces and baked goods. Stop in at specialty foods store to sample their wares. Then enjoy a personalized tour of the Auckland Fish Market where you go behind the scenes to meet vendors and restauranteurs who specialize in fresh seafood from the oceans around New Zealand. Your guide also takes you to great spots for a wine tasting and a light lunch.

Take in some of the city’s top sights as you drive around the city. Drive down Ponsonby Road to where your guide points out a number of favorites among the hip area’s boutique shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Head to the top of Mt Eden to peer at the grass-covered cone of an ancient volcano and admire panoramic views over Auckland. Pass by the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, and get an overview of the 185-acre (75-hectare) expanse. The grounds include formal gardens, the Wintergarden Pavilion and the excellent Auckland War Memorial Museum. Many people choose to visit the museum after the tour ends and your guide can provide drop off at the museum.

Throughout your tour, your friendly guide shares informative commentary about Auckland’s food and wine, diverse cultures, and current trends for a fun and fascinating tour.


  • Mornng Tea
  • Food and wine tastings
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Departure Point

Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

Traveler pickup is offered

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation will be advised at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 14 recent reviews

Was picked up at cruise ship dock with no problems. The first stop was a farmer's market hidden away on a back street. A lot of samples of fresh fruit, pastries, vegetables, preserves, honey, etc. Ate a lot of samples. Next we went to a wholesale/retail gourmet store. Again, hidden away in an industrial area. We did tastings there of different oils, vinegars and cheeses. Then on to the Auckland fish market, which was interesting to see. We had a very good lunch of assorted seafood dishes.Great day
• Submitted 17 Jan 2020
Elle was an amazing guide! She knew just where to take us in order for us to truly experience the different flavors of Auckland. We started in the local market where we sampled delicious quiche and croque monsieur. The brownie was amazing and the limoncello divine! We also went to the shop where chefs buy their cheeses and various ingredients. We tried and also purchased some amazing cheeses and tea! We some how also managed to grab some yummy apple syrup to bring home and hide from the kids! Elle also took us to lunch for some Auckland local seafood. Perfect! Elle knows the ins and outs of Auckland and the best places to go if you want to experience the flavors of Auckland. She is funny and entertaining and we truly enjoyed our tour and meeting her. I highly recommend Big Foody Food Tours if you want a true taste of Auckland.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2018
Loved this tour ! Colleen, our guide was so nice and informative,,,,,and the samples of food were great! Small group was also a plus.
• Submitted 10 Feb 2018
Colleen, our local expert, was the best! She is so friendly and introduce some many great food to us! I am still dream with the hazelnut pie that was eaten from a Café in Takapuna Beach.
• Submitted 26 Sep 2017
Fantastic experience!
• Submitted 23 Jan 2017
A food tour by car, an excellent approach to see more of the area and experience a broad selection of food. Elle has a great breadth of knowledge of the cuisine and local happenings, she was a delight. Starting at the Fish Market we went out of Auckland to the Takapuna area for morning tea and pastries. We made a non-food stop at the Pump house, the lake was that was the source of water for many years for the city, now a beautiful small theater. We were then off to Sabatos, a local excellent store for spice, oil, vinegar, cheese and other local and imported food ingredients. We were treated to mushrooms, oil and vinegar testings and local cheese also bought a lot of stuff!. We ended up at the fish market with a complete explanation of the receipt and auctioning of the fish that come though the market. We finished at a small Restaurant in the Fish Market with samplings of local seafood and local beer. This is a great tour to get a look at the wholesale and retail end of the food chain.
• Submitted 28 Nov 2016
It is food! What is there not to love? And our guide Elle, was very knowledgeable and easy to speak with. This was in Auckland and we also went to Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. Elle gave us excellent recommendations on where to eat in every city! For my wife and I, it was all about the good!
• Submitted 19 Sep 2016
Top top day! We loved every minute of it. Elle was so knowledgeable, kind and courteous. She was so accommodating and every part was just a true delight. I would do it again in a flash! Just brilliant and to foodies like us was right up our street.
• Submitted 07 May 2016
great great great
• Submitted 18 Mar 2016
My guide Colleen was absolutely gorgeous!! It was one of the best Foody tours I've ever been on! She met me in a very convenient location and after tasting some beautiful coffee at a local grinder, we walked down through to the city, stopping at great little foody spots along the way, ending up at the fish markets with a cool 'behind the scenes' tour and a delicious seafood lunch. Her knowledge of her city and its history was excellent and she was so much fun to hang out with. I really appreciate everything - I recommend this tour to anyone who has a free day in Auckland and enjoys food!! Cheers!!
• Submitted 25 Sep 2015
The whole family really loved this tour! Ellie was a delightful guide and every stop was interesting, informative, and with something delicious, culminating in a wonderful lunch.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 03 Apr 2015
Fabulous tour! Our guide was very engaging and knowledgeable about both the food and the Auckland area. She even suggested other restaurants we should try on our trip and they have all been top notch! This tour is a must for first time visitors to Auckland and people who love food.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Great tour with some nice food to taste. Elle was friendly and informative. A good few hours spent in Auckland tasting some great produce.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015

In Brief

Auckland Central, New Zealand
New Zealand
4 hours

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