Search for blogs
- City Experiences (11)
- Articles of Interest (8)
- The Best of New Zealand (13)
- Luxury New Zealand (3)
- South Island Touring (29)
- North Island Touring (15)
- Essential Info (16)
- Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth (5)
- Cultural Experiences (21)
- Golf Holidays (5)
- Adventure Travel (33)
- Walking, Hiking & Biking (25)
- Family Holidays (45)
- Things to Do (43)
- National Parks & Wildlife (35)
- Food & Wine Experiences (19)
Experience of the week: Waiheke Island gourmet food and wine tour
Ananda Tours Waiheke Island gourmet food and wine tour is true unique experience in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. There's nothing better than fresh oysters straight from Te Metuku Bay, accompanied by a glass of carefully matched boutique wine.
What is the experience?
Departing Auckland on Explore Direct, sailing to Waiheke Island, this guided day tour showcases the best of Waiheke Island. Visit some of the Island’s top boutique vineyards to enjoy fine wines and taste locally-produced speciality foods, such as fresh oysters straight from Te Metuku Bay, wild honey and the famous local green herb spread. Visit Rangihoua Estate, an award winning olive oil mill to learn how the oil is produced and taste a range of different oils. Finish with a platter style lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard, before returning to your accommodation or departing the Island back to Auckland.
Where is it located?
Waiheke Island is in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, a delightful 45 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
Who would enjoy this?
Those who appreciate fine boutique wine and enjoy delicious specialty foods. Waiheke Island is a haven for beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, providing a true boutique gourmet food and wine experience.
The company's name, Ananda, is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning bliss, pleasure and happiness and that’s what they strive to give all their guests.
Rangihoua Estate Olive Oil Mill is where the first olive oil in the North Island was produced. The Frantoio blend produced there has just been listed as one of the Top 20 Olive Oils in the world.