Bay of Islands Craft Beer & Wine Tour
- Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Opua, Northland
- Product code: PSYMMQ
Each tour has a maximum of 10 passengers. The tour starts and
finishes at the Paihia I-site, pickup time is 1.30 pm. The ticket price
includes the cost of wine/beer tasting along with a platter style late lunch.
Our first stop is the Ake Ake vineyard, a family-run boutique
operation set just outside Kerikeri, and here customers will sample their
organically-grown wines, which include Chambourcin, Pinot Gris, Syrah,
Chardonnay, Tempranillo and Sauvignon Blanc. Tour the vineyard and see how the
grapes are grown before tasting six samples of their range.
From Ake Ake we move onto Marsden Estate, which was started by
the McIvor family some 20 years ago. Here customers can enjoy six wine tastings
in the relaxed atmosphere of its courtyard which overlooks the lake and vines.
Our next stop is the award winning Makana Chocolate Factory,
here you can watch delicious chocolates, truffles, caramels and toffees being
made by hand. Taste samples of their wares, all made from high-quality
ingredients in small batches, and of course shop for gifts – or just indulge
Next door is the highly acclaimed Kauri Workshop, which offers a
wide range of bowls, platters and other products made from swamp kauri.
Our final stop is The Plough & Feather Tap Room which is
host to as many as twenty locally brewed ales and lagers from their sister
company, Kainui Brew Co. (as well as the odd guest tap). Kainui Brew Co was
founded in 2015 in the heart of Kerikeri and has quickly risen to prominence in
New Zealand, winning numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in some of New
Zealand’s most acclaimed competitions (NZ Brewer’s Guild Awards, New World
Here customers can sample up to four craft beers of their
choice, while at the same time enjoying a platter lunch, (bread, dips, chicken
tenders, fish bites, vegetarian spring rolls, lamb pasties).
Located in the Kerikeri Basin, this stop offers customers the
opportunity to also visit the Stone Store & Kemp House, New Zealand's
oldest surviving stone and wooden buildings.