Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland
from USD $194.03
Discover the famous wineries and top natural attractions of New Zealand’s North Island on this 7.5-hour Piha and Karekare rainforest tour from Auckland. Travel through the Henderson Valley to Babich Wines, Kumeu River Wines, and West Brook Wines with a guide and sample the chardonnay, pinot gris, and pinot noir wines in production. Admire panoramic rainforest views at the Arataki visitors’ center, and discover natural sites of interest including Piha beach and the Karekare waterfalls. This tour includes lunch and round-trip travel from your Auckland hotel.
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In Brief

Auckland Central, New Zealand
New Zealand
7 hours 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
Enjoy a morning pickup at your central Auckland hotel then, at 9:30am, take a seat in your vehicle and head into the Henderson Valley — the heartland of Auckland’s wine industry — to begin your tour.

First, visit Babich Wines with your guide, and sample a range of reisling and sauvignon blanc wines produced on their vineyards in Hawkes Bay. As you taste the wines, gain insight into the process the grapes undergo from vineyard to glass.

Then, continue on into the beautiful Waitakere Ranges to the Arataki visitors’ center. On arrival, enjoy panoramic views over the rainforest reserve and learn of the diverse flora and fauna thriving below the leafy canopy.

Continue on to top natural attractions including the remote black-sand beach of Piha and the New Zealand native forest setting of Karekare, and admire the beautiful Karekare waterfalls. Then, enjoy a 50-minute drive through the dense rainforest and open farmland to a local cafe for lunch.

After lunch, travel through the Ararimu Valley to West Brook Wines and Kumeu River Wines, and sample some of the diverse chardonnay, pinot gris, and pinot noir wines in production. When your final winery tour comes to an end, return in comfort to your Auckland hotel to conclude your 7.5-hour tour.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Lunch
  • Wine-tastings
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • Infant seats for children under seven years of age

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 6/1/2019 - 3/31/2021

Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 04:00 PM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Level 1, Ports of Auckland Building/1 Sunderland St, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with two paying adults
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of two people per booking is required

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 15 recent reviews

We absolutely recommend this tour with great guide John. Perfect Tour for Nature and Wine Lovers! We spent a lovely day enjoying great views and wineries. Food was good too. Would do this tour anytime again.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2020
What a wonderful day! John was a fantastic guide - knowledgeable about history and culture, great at showing us beautiful sites - and wine!! The wine tastings were great and lunch was amazing! We have a couple very tough food critics in our group we all loved our lunch - and one said it was one of the best meals he ever had. Would definitely recommend this excellent combination of touring and wine-tasting!
• Submitted 09 Jan 2020
John, tour guide, was a lovely host. He was punctual and the transport vehicle was very clean. He knew so much about wine and the processes for making it. He took us to a gorgeous black sand beach at Piha and we strolled along the surf line. Next we travelled to a stunning waterfall at Karekare. He knew the best places to take photos from to make your takeaways interesting. The wineries we went to were great! Their success stories were amazing as well as their wines. John helped tell us about the wines and took us behind the scenes and explained the various tools and ways wine is made. So interesting. His depth of knowledge blew me away. This trip is so worth the money.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
This was an amazing tour! John was so knowledgable about wine, and the area, we thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with him. The tour felt tailor made for the locations outside of Auckland that we wanted to see. The wineries were all amazing, pouring several delicious wines from all over New Zealand. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves wine and is looking to get outside of the city for a day!
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
We spent a wonderful day! From Piha to tastings in wineries, plus delicious lunch, everything was perfect. And John is not only an excellent guide, but very knowledgeable about wine and vineyards. We highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2019
The black sand beach was amazing because of the magnetic qualities of the sand. I've had great fun demonstrating this to my students with the small amount I brought home. Karekare waterfall was lovely as was the rain forest surrounding it. I found a new favorite wine at one of the wineries but was sad that I couldn't bring cases of it home with me. All in all a great way to spend an afternoon in New Zealand.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2019
We were one of two couples on this tour ... it was just the four of us with the tour guide/owner John McFarlane. Curiously, we took this tour in order to visit Piha and the Rainforest the other couple took it because of their interest in wine. We spent the morning visiting the natural sites, and the afternoon at the wineries. To John's credit, all of us had a fabulous time and ended the day feeling that we had received what we expected and more. It was our best tour while in Auckland. We have absolutely nothing negative to say about this tour. A special word about the lunch. We have traveled a lot and ave come to expect a mediocre buffet style lunch whenever we take a tour. That was definitely NOT the case here. We went to a lovely restaurant at one of the wineries ... had a menu from which we could pick our choice of main courses ... wine was included ... and we were served by an actual waiter! What a delight. Kudos John and Jay
• Submitted 26 Feb 2018
This was one of our favorite tours! John was absolutely the best guide ever! Very knowledgeable and personable! He made the day so enjoyable!
• Submitted 28 Jan 2018
Best tour ever! Our tour was amazing... our host knows all Auckland from the beaches to the wineries, the winery owners, and the places to go for the best food! Truly amazing day! Thank you!
• Submitted 28 Jan 2018
GREAT tour guide - very knowledgeable and knew his wines - great wines! Tasty lunch!
• Submitted 25 Oct 2017
Excellent, accomadating and knowledgeable guide No reservations in recommending this tour for the sightseeing and the wine wasn't bad either
• Submitted 18 Jul 2017
John really is a lovely guy. I can't recommend him enough. His passion for his job, his knowledge and background all serve to entertain and astound during the trip. We lucked out and had a 2 person tour. The small tour size really made it great. Good luck with everything John!
• Submitted 02 Apr 2017
John's Tour was the best part of our 7 day Auckland tour. Very knowledgeable about wine and history. But John wises customizes the vast amount of information in hid disposal to suit the interests of his visits. Get out of Auckland and take this tour if you want to understand New Zealand.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2017
I was hesitant to book this tour on here without any reviews but went ahead with it anyways and am certainly beyond happy that I did. John was our guide and he is seriously amazing and it was an incredible day out. He is so knowledgeable about New Zealand and taught us so much. He is friendly and professional and went out of his way to make sure we had a great tour. Everywhere we went was so picture perfect and the wine and his knowledge about wine and how it is made is also incredible. The lunch was also way better than what we expected to get - fresh, local, and good quality. If you want a day out seeing some spectacular views, sipping wine, eating a great lunch and receiving great service including learning so much about New Zealand than don't think twice and just book this tour. Thanks again John! - Erin and Steve
• Submitted 23 Sep 2016
Amazing sights, great wine, fantastic lunch, and an even better tour guide that is incredibly knowledgeable regarding the country, nature, sights, and wine region. I highly recommend this trip!
• Submitted 28 Aug 2016

In Brief

Auckland Central, New Zealand
New Zealand
7 hours 30 minutes

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